Louis and Anne Abrons Foundation, Inc., recently advanced its long tradition of charitable
giving to NYUCD by awarding a generous grant to provide additional dental care subsidies
for impoverished, elderly New Yorkers.
Since 1997, thanks to the Abrons Foundations support, NYUCD has been providing oral
health services to indigent elderly Russian-speaking immigrants. In consultation with
agencies referred by the Metropolitan New York Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty,
patients were selected and matched with Russian-speaking student dentists at the College.
Patients were also provided transportation. This program was recognized by the American
Dental Association with its Geriatric Oral Health Care Award.
With the most recent gift from the Abrons Foundation, Inc., NYUCD will be able to build
more strategically upon this experience with Russian-speaking senior citizens in order
to serve a broader section of the New York City geriatric population. The new program
targets specifically senior citizens receiving Medicaid.
As a result, services not covered by Medicaid, such as endodontics and fixed and removable
prostheses, are being provided by NYUCD to a larger number of needy people. Expansion
in this way is helping to ensure that the funds awarded benefit the greatest number of
elderly New Yorkers in need, said Dean Alfano.