WDA Foundation awards more than $51,000 to 20 dental health programs

The Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation has announced $51,050 in grants and designated funding to 20 programs that bring oral health care to low-income Wisconsin residents and provide other dentistry-related services.

Madison’s AIDS Network will use a $4,000 gift to purchase needed dental clinic supplies and pay laboratory fees.

In Milwaukee, the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin will use a $5,000 award to help pay for patients’ dentures and prosthodontic procedures.

The Boys & Girls Club of Fond du Lac is receiving $500 in support of its Cavity-Free Zone Program. The club partners with local dental offices to provide fun oral hygiene education activities after school to an estimated 200 elementary school students.

The Bread of Healing Clinic serves more than 1,500 low-income individuals with chronic health conditions from Milwaukee’s north central neighborhoods annually. Its $3,000 grant will help purchase dental operatory equipment, so more needed extractions and restorative care can be provided.

Brown County Oral Health Partnership is receiving $3,000 to help underwrite a semi-permanent dental clinic in a new early childhood education center in Green Bay. The goal is to see 150 children and complete 50 percent of treatment plans during the new clinic’s first school year of operation.

Community Dental Clinic of Jefferson County will use its $4,000 grant to purchase much-needed consumable supplies. Located in Fort Atkinson, the clinic treats some 3,400 low-income patients annually.

HealthNet of Rock County in Janesville serves low-income county residents. The clinic, which is staffed by volunteer dentists, will use its $3,000 foundation grant to purchase equipment and supplies.

Racine’s Health Care Network is getting $3,000 toward the purchase of dental restoration materials. More than 440 low-income individuals were cared for by a team of 63 volunteers, including 49 dentists, during a recent 12-month period.

Lincoln County Health Department in Merrill is receiving $1,200 in support of its dental sealant program for area second, third and fifth graders. School families also receive oral health education.

Portage Community School District is receiving $1,000 to help expand basic oral hygiene education to all first graders. Each student gets a toothbrush, fluoridated toothpaste, brushing timer, dental floss and hands-on instruction in brushing, flossing and healthy diet practices. Parents receive oral health education materials.

The Smiles for Sister Lucille Program at St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care in Milwaukee is receiving $2,000 toward purchase of a portable suction machine. The center serves children, adults with disabilities and the frail elderly, 75 percent of who can’t swallow or spit as needed when receiving dental care.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Dental Clinic will use a $1,000 grant to help purchase new treatment equipment. The largely volunteer clinic provides free dental services to low-income children and adults from Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine and Waukesha counties.

Shawano County Healthy Smiles$650 grant will purchase preventive dental health and personal oral hygiene supplies for use in area schools. Shawano County Dental Society volunteers assist with screenings, sealant and fluoride varnish treatments and oral hygiene education.

Tri-County Community Dental Clinic depends on volunteer dental professionals to treat underserved residents of Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago counties. TCCDC’s Focus on the Children school-based program is getting $5,000 so students can receive oral health education and preventive and restorative care.

A $5,000 grant supports Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic’s new Adult Dental Program. Waukesha County Dental Society volunteers help part-time staff dentists deliver preventive care and restorative treatment to low-income residents.

The fifth WDA Mission of Mercy will be held late June in Walworth County. Funding of $3,000 will help defray costs associated with 1,000 volunteers delivering $1 million in care over two days to 2,000 patients.

The Donated Dental Services program will use $3,000 in funding to continue providing free, comprehensive dental care to Wisconsin adults who cannot work due to a permanent disability, chronic illness or advanced age, and whose needs are not met by public aid programs.

 American Dental Association and WDA educational materials valued at $1,700 will be made available to first-year Marquette University School of Dentistry students at orientation.

The MUSOD building expansion project gets $1,000 as part of a multiple-year foundation pledge.

Dentists Concerned for Dentists will use $1,000 to help those struggling with problems associated with alcohol or chemical dependency, depression, infectious diseases and other well-being issues.

Since 2003, the WDA Foundation has awarded more than $602,000 in oral health program grants and scholarships to dental and dental hygiene students statewide.

The deadline for 2014 grant applications is July 31, 2013. Visit WDA.org, call 414-755-4198 or send email to vbohman@wda.org for more information.