The New York State Health Foundation has awarded a one-year grant of nearly $200,000 to NYUCD for its project, "Columbia County Oral Health Intervention Program." The grant application was based on data compiled during a highly successful dental outreach program for Head Start youngsters piloted by NYUCD in Hudson, New York, part of Columbia County, in October 2008, in cooperation with a local advocacy group, the Columbia Healthcare Consortium, the Columbia County Head Start program, and Columbia County Memorial Hospital.
The grant's principal investigator, Dr. Stuart M. Hirsch, Associate Dean for International Programs & Development, said, "This grant will provide funding for the initial year of a results-oriented, financially sustainable oral health intervention program in Columbia County to reduce the dental caries rate of 3,000 children in kindergarten through sixth grade by 95 percent over a three-year period. Approximately 750 of these children are Medicaid eligible, but there are no dentists who accept Medicaid in Hudson, New York."
Added Dr. Amr Moursi, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, "The treatment approach will integrate oral hygiene education, oral disease prevention, and clinical care with a particular focus on community and parental involvement. The prospects for the program's success are excellent."