Archive for January, 2015
The Michigan Oral Health Coalition is taking another major step in its statewide action plan to address access to oral health services. The Coalition is currently accepting applications from community-based organizations across Michigan for its 2015 Community Mini-Grant Program. An application deadline of February 16, 2015 has been set with five grants to be awarded later in the month.
Support for this grant program is provided by the Michigan Oral Health Coalition, through the Oral Health 2020 Initiative of the DentaQuest Foundation. The Michigan Oral Health Coalition looks to inspire communities to create networks of innovation, advocacy and leadership to improve the oral health of residents. These community networks will align data and resources, and create effective approaches to prevent and manage oral disease that can be replicated.
Past community grantees include Bay County Health Department, Central Michigan District Health Department, Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan, FirstSteps Kent and Jewish Vocational Services-Tri County Dental, Genesee Health Plan, Greater Flint Health Coalition, Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Macomb County Health Department. Through the 2015 Community Mini-Grant Program, the Michigan Oral Health Coalition will assist five additional communities in developing local coalitions. The coalition approach allows the community to find solutions to health problems and determine which solutions will work best.
“Oral health is an essential component of comprehensive health care,” said Karlene Ketola, Executive Director of the Michigan Oral Health Coalition. “We are excited to see what develops as we further engage Michigan communities to embrace the challenge and opportunity of addressing oral health disparities in their communities.”
For a complete grant application and guidelines, see 2015 Community Mini Grant Program.