LA program gets low-income kids to the dentist

August 2, 2016 — A project designed to improve the oral health of children up to 5 years old succeeded in getting more kids to the dentist. The 21st Century Dental Homes Project achieved the goal by tackling common barriers to care for low-income families in Los Angeles

The $9.3 million 21st Century Dental Homes project was funded by First 5 LA, an organization that focuses on the health and well-being of children younger than age 5 in Los Angeles County, and implemented by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). It demonstrated that, with an investment in infrastructure and education, federally-qualified health centers can improve the oral health of young children and their families.

“The learning from this program will help to address barriers that limit children’s access to necessary dental services,” stated Kim Belshe, executive director of First 5 LA, in a press release.

Source: Dental News, Dental education, Dental Social networking Dr. Bicuspid

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