The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced in November that it will provide funding to Kansas, Texas, and Vermont over the next year to strengthen their oral health programs and to improve the oral health of their residents. The awards, which range from $242,128 to $350,000, are renewable for up to three years.
The addition of these three brings the total number of states receiving CDC support to 19. Other state health programs currently receiving CDC oral health funding are Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.
"CDC is committed to working together with states to help them improve their basic state oral health services," states Dr. William Kohn, Director of CDC's Division of Oral Health. "The states applying for these awards have recognized oral health needs among their residents. For example, a survey conducted in 2007 in Kansas showed that 21% of third-grade schoolchildren had untreated tooth decay, with Hispanic and Asian children more likely to have untreated decay compared with other racial and ethnic groups. In Texas, a similar survey in the 2007-08 school year found that 43% of third-grade schoolchildren had untreated decay. And in Vermont, only 58% of residents have access to fluoridated water systems."
With CDC support, these states will educate their residents on the importance of oral health, establish oral health coalitions and other partnerships, develop state oral health plans, develop and coordinate prevention programs and services including school-based dental sealant programs and community water fluoridation, and monitor and evaluate their progress in preventing oral diseases in their residents.
Visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/oralhealth to learn more about the oral health programs.