Improve the Public Perception of the Value of Oral Health to Overall Health
This investment supports the Berks County Community Foundation (BCCF) to act as a lead grassroots convener in Pennsylvania as part of the Grassroots Engagement Strategy. As a community foundation, BCCF has a well-developed network of partnerships throughout the community working towards improved quality of life for residents. BCCF’s key successes in Year 4 included supporting pediatricians and PCPs with consistent oral health messaging for families; increasing the number of non-clinical settings that provide oral health services; and educating new parents and caregivers about oral health best practices for children under 5. An investment of $70,800 will be used to strengthen dental home capacity of the local FQHC; disseminate consistent messaging and guidelines around under-5 oral health to providers and community partners; maintain an online resources hub; provide mini grants to community partners; and develop a sustainability plan. This proposal aligns with the Oral Health 2020 Goal 6 of improving the public perception of the value of oral health to overall health and the target that oral health is increasingly included in health dialogue and public policy.
Monday, April 1, 2019 to Tuesday, March 31, 2020