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CDC awards oral health grants

Atlanta—The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Sept. 3 announced cooperative agreements with 21 states offering nearly $6 million in grants over the next year and approximately $30 million through 2018 to promote oral health.

"With CDC support, the states receiving these awards will be better able to monitor their populations' oral health, identify priorities and target efforts and expand activities aimed at preventing oral diseases among individuals, families and communities," said Dr. William Bailey, acting director of the CDC Division of Oral Health.

Hawaii, Idaho and New Hampshire received state oral disease prevention grants averaging $230,000 under the program's entry-level "basic capacity for collective impact" component. Eighteen states with "more advanced oral health programs" received grants averaging $310,000 for "implementation of evidence-based community preventive interventions and access to clinical preventive services," the CDC said: Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

The aim of the CDC Division of Oral Health grant program is to assist state health departments to improve the oral health of residents, in particular those children and adults who are most at risk for such oral disease as tooth decay. The CDC grants are renewable for up to five years.

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