Improve the Public Perception of the Value of Oral Health to Overall Health
This investment supports Virginia Commonwealth University to act as a lead convener of the Petersburg Wellness Consortium as part of the Grassroots Engagement Strategy. PWC/VCU’s 2019 work focuses on micro-grantee capacity building; establishing sustainability through the PWC Oral Health Workgroup; developing a sustainability plan with the other Virginia grassroots grantees; community health worker oral health training; child-parent education research; and expanding the network of community partners engaged in oral health education and advocacy. A key goal of their work is to advocate for a comprehensive adult dental benefit in Medicaid, as an active partner of the Virginia Oral Health Coalition. $70,800 will support staff time, local travel, meeting expenses, and mini-grants to eight community partners. 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.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 to Thursday, April 30, 2020