WEST ALLIS, WIS., May 27, 2014 – The Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation has announced $53,725 in grants and designated funding to 22 programs that bring oral health care to low-income Wisconsin residents and provide other dentistry-related services.
The Bread of Healing Clinic serves low-income individuals with chronic health conditions from Milwaukee’s north central neighborhoods. A $2,750 grant will go toward the purchase of dental operatory equipment and supplies, so more extractions and restorative care can be provided.
Brown County Oral Health Partnership is receiving $3,000 toward supplies and dental instruments with the goal of providing an additional 500 infants and children with early childhood oral health care.
Healthy Smiles for Portage County is receiving $1,200 to purchase supplies needed for area Head Start and school sealant and fluoride programs.
Marathon County Health Department will use a $1,000 WDA Foundation grant to purchase supplies for its All Kids All Schools Dental Sealant Program that serves 500 students.
Ministry Door County Medical Center Dental Clinic in Sturgeon Bay provides free oral health care to low-income families in Door and Kewaunee counties. A $3,000 grant will help the clinic convert from manual film X-rays to digital radiographs.
Shawano County Healthy Smiles’ $800 grant will purchase preventive and personal dental hygiene supplies for use in area schools. Shawano County Dental Society volunteers help with screenings, sealant and fluoride varnish treatments and oral hygiene education.
St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care’s Smiles for Sister Lucille Program in Milwaukee is receiving $1,000 toward home care and in-center dental supplies needed to improve the oral health of its elderly clients.
Tri-County Community Dental Clinic depends on volunteer dental professionals to treat underserved residents of Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago counties. Its Focus on the Children school-based program will use its $4,000 grant to provide students with preventive and restorative care and oral health education.
The sixth WDA Mission of Mercy will be held June 27 – 28 in Green Bay. A $3,000 foundation grant will help defray costs associated with 1,000 volunteers delivering $1 million in care to 2,000 patients.
Donated Dental Services is receiving $3,000 to help it 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.
Dentists Concerned for Dentists will use a $1,525 grant to increase awareness of how the program can help dental professionals struggling with alcohol or chemical dependency, depression, infectious diseases and other well-being issues.
MUSOD’s building expansion project is receiving $1,000 as part of a multiple-year foundation pledge.
The WDA Foundation has awarded more than $670,000 in oral health program grants and scholarships to dental and dental hygiene students statewide since 2003.