Access to Care Grants
Congratulations to our 2016 MDS Foundation Access to Care Grant Recipients! The following organizations have been awarded Access to Care grants to assist them in increasing the timely use of dental services to achieve the best oral health outcomes for the residents of the Commonwealth.
- Boston - $25,000 was granted to Bridge Over Troubled Water to support the cost of day-to-day operations for its in-house dental clinic. The clinic provides basic dental services to homeless youth in an environment that encourages them to maintain daily oral hygiene habits, make follow-up appointments to complete dental procedures, and understand the importance of participating in consistent dental health care.
- Boston - $15,000 was granted to the Forsyth Institute to expand the ForsythKids school oral health program to provide preventive care to low-income teen moms and their children, as well as to minor immigrants lacking parental custody. The ForsythKids dental team brings full comprehensive dental services to children where they live and learn–at no cost to their families–to build a foundation for a lifetime of good oral health.
- Cape Cod - $25,569.10 was granted to Harvard Medical Center to provide dental services to the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head on Martha’s Vineyard through the Wampanoag Health Outreach Program. Due to the lack of accessible, affordable dental care available on the island, the program aims to establish a culturally sensitive dental clinic on tribal land to increase access to dental care and oral health education, as well as to raise awareness of the dental field as a viable and rewarding career path.
- Valley - $16,636.29 was granted to Springfield Technical Community College to develop a low- and reduced-cost dental clinic with its current dental facility. This program will utilize a clinic on campus to provide restorative dental care at free and reduced cost to underserved populations in the Springfield community.
Targeted Grant Recipients
- Metropolitan - $2,000 to support Monster Fun Day hosted by WEEI radio in partnership with the Metropolitan District Dental Society
- North Shore - $1,980 to the Children’s Dental Center to support cost of transporting children to appointments from school
- Southeastern - $2,000 to the Elder Dental Program to support cost of administering the reduced-cost program
- Cape Cod - $2,000 to Cape Cod Community College for the purchase of a portable hygiene unit
- Cape Cod - 1,300 kits to Cape Kid Meals
- Cape Cod - 250 child and adult kits to St. David’s Church
- Cape Cod - 500 adults kits to Vinfen Crisis Stabilization Center
- Worcester - 200 adult and child kits to the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center