We have been awarded a $15,000 grant from the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care (NASBHC). The grant, one of five made to state associations, is to advance state policies critical to addressing youth and adolescents’ access to oral health care – issues like Medicaid reimbursement, preventative care, and lack of funding.
These grants are part of the second year of NASBHC’s Oral Health Initiative – a partnership with Kaiser Permanente to train school-based health center staff to deliver oral health services including risk assessments, guidance on nutrition, and applying fluoride varnish to students. In addition to our grant, three SBHCs in California have received grants that will enhance the capacity of their staff to deliver preventative oral health services. We will work with the grantees to determine barriers to providing access to oral health care and to pursue common policy goals.