September 10, 2013
Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services announced today that New Hampshire is one of 21 recipients awarded a “State Oral Disease Prevention Programs” grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The aim of this grant program is to assist state health departments with improving the oral health of their residents, in particular those children and adults who are most at risk for oral diseases such as tooth decay (cavities).
“The health field has learned much more recently about the connection between oral health and overall health,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “This grant will allow us to build infrastructure and capacity to assess the places in the State where the dental workforce is insufficient, to monitor and evaluate fluoridation efforts, and to develop a plan that addresses barriers to achieving good oral health for all New Hampshire residents.”
Three states—Hawaii, Idaho, and New Hampshire—have been awarded grants averaging $230,000 under the program’s entry-level component, “Basic Capacity for Collective Impact.” New Hampshire is receiving $230,000 in the first year the grant. The grants are renewable for up to five years.
For all states, the funding is designed to improve basic state oral health services, including support for program leadership and additional staff, monitoring oral disease levels and risk factors for oral disease, developing strong partnerships, educating residents on ways to prevent oral diseases, and developing and evaluation prevention programs.
For more information about the Oral Health Program in New Hampshire, visit www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/bchs/rhpc/oral/index.htm, or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/.