HHS announces $470 million grant to improve oral health care for underserved population

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HHS announces $470 million grant to improve oral health care for underserved population

In order to provide an opportunity to poor to have an access to dental care, the US Department of Health and Human Services announced an award of $1.75 million to five health centers in Oregon.

The grant is part of the $470 million that has been forwarded to clinics across the nation with an objective to improve oral health care for people who depend on federally funded health centers. Sylvia Burwell, Health and Human Services secretary said that the funding will greatly lessen the hurdles that stop a number of Americans to have quality dental care.

Oral health is considered to be an important part of a person’s overall health and well-being. In addition, Burwell has also announced $1.4 million in funding to support four health centers in Virginia.

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The funding to health centers across the nation would expand the oral health care services and increase the number of patients being served. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded, the health centers across the nation will increase their oral health service capacity by hiring around 1,600 new dentists, dental hygienists, assistants, helpers and technicians.

It is very important to have proper access of dental check-up as the absence of routine dental care especially for underserved populations could result into dental conditions that might require more costly emergency dental treatment.

HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae said, “HRSA will continue to explore ways to further integrate oral health services within primary care settings, and increase awareness of the connection between oral health and overall health”.

Currently, there are around 1,400 health centers at approximately 9,800 service delivery sites in every US state, DC, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Pacific Basin.

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