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Applicants sought for Alliance for Cavity-Free Future, Colgate grant program

August 23, 2017 The Canada-United States chapter of the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future announced July 14 it is offering, for the second year, a grant program to help fund interprofessional projects that positively impact the oral health of pregnant women and children under 6.
    
Applications are open through Sept. 15. The annual grant program, backed by the Colgate-Palmolive Company, will award a total of $50,000 across all projects, with a maximum amount of $25,000 awarded per project.
    
The projects, according to its eligibility criteria, must focus on "improving attitudes, knowledge and practice related to the prevention of dental caries" for children under 6 years old and pregnant women, including those from disadvantaged racial or ethnic minority groups or from regions with limited access to care.
    
Applicants must be part of an interprofessional project team, with a dentist, hygienist or dental therapist as one of the team members. In addition, applicants should be currently enrolled or working in a university and/or employed or involved in community or public health.
    
Those selected by the Alliance will be notified by Nov. 1.  All winning projects must be planned to commence by Feb. 1, 2018.
    
In 2016, the Alliance awarded three grants, including a grant to Children's Mercy Kansas City's program Promoting Oral health in Primary Care: Closing the Dental Referral Loop. This program aimed to improve the process of dental referrals for children at highest risk by expanding the role of a dedicated staff member who will help guide identified children through the referral process and coordinate care between patients and providers. The other two recipients were in Canada.
    
For more information on the grant or to apply, visit allianceforacavityfreefuture.ca.