NYC City Council Restores Funding for NYU Dental Van Program in FY16


For the past 10 years, City Council has been a generous partner in support of the Dental Van Program. This year, we are thrilled that the City Council has restored this funding in their FY16 budget for this program.

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Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito with Dental Van in 2014

Since 2000, The NYU College of Dentistry's mobile Dental Van Program--Smiling Faces Going Places--has been an important oral health resource for New York City schoolkids, providing quality dental care and education to an average of 2,000 children annually at schools all over the city.

The mobile dental van program addresses the crisis many-low income children face in accessing quality dental care and, often times, is the first dentist a child experiences. The van provides oral health instruction in addition to direct care, such as fluoride treatments and restorations. Low-income children have 60 percent more untreated cavities than their peers at higher socioeconomic levels, making the need for bringing dental care into these communities through the van program especially vital.

For the past 10 years, City Council has been a generous partner in support of the Dental Van Program. This year, we are thrilled that the City Council has restored this funding in their FY16 budget for this program.

“We thank the members of the City Council for their diligent work to ensure this vital public health resource continues to provide access to quality dental care and oral health instruction for NYC’s schoolkids,” said Constance Robinson-Turner, Dental Van program manager. “We are especially thankful to Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Finance Committee Chair Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, and to Council Member Corey Johnson, Health Committee Chair.”

“Dental health services are important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, which many underserved communities do not have access to,” said City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito. "The City Council is proud to support the NYU Dental Van Program and ensure it can continue to provide dental services across the City."

“The New York City Council is proud of the Fiscal 2016 Budget because it is clear that we had a strong hand in its creation and the priorities it puts forth for this city,” said Finance Committee Chair Julissa Ferreras-Copeland. “Funding for quality education and health care for our children, like the vital services provided by NYU’s mobile Dental Van Program, will uplift New Yorkers in every borough, and we are proud to sponsor it.”

“Oral health care is incredibly important,” said Council Member Corey Johnson, Chair of the Council’s Committee on Health. “Lack of dental care can result in serious health complications over time. Unfortunately, dental care is out of reach for many families. The NYU College of Dentistry’s mobile Dental Van program has helped thousands of children obtain care they would not have otherwise received. I want to thank Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and my colleagues in the City Council for supporting this program that has made a difference in so many lives.”

“We extend our thanks as well to Public Advocate Letitia James for her tireless support,” said Robinson-Turner.

“I am delighted that the City is investing in the smiles of our children” said Public Advocate Letitia James. “When dental clinics were removed from public schools in 2009, damage was done to our children because dental care is inaccessible and unaffordable for too many families. The NYU College of Dentistry's mobile Dental Van Program has been helping children receive the dental care they need and, with restored funding, they will continue to provide these vital services.”

“We look forward to continuing to partner with the Council Members to assist us in identifying those areas and populations of need for the upcoming year,” concluded Robinson-Turner.

About New York University College of Dentistry Founded in 1865, New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD) is the third oldest and the largest dental school in the US, educating more than 8 percent of all dentists. NYUCD has a significant global reach and provides a level of national and international diversity among its students that is unmatched by any other dental school.

 

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