In the News

To enhance the oral health of individuals throughout Massachusetts, the MDS Foundation awards grants that support programs and initiatives to improve access to dental care and help dentists give back to the communities they serve.

Learn more about the impact of these grant recipients by reading recent media coverage from across the Commonwealth.


  • May 11, 2018 (India New England): Through a Saving Senior Smiles Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) Foundation grant, Ms. Murali has collaborated with graduating dental students from Harvard University and Boston University to provide oral health education under the mentorship of trailblazers in the dental field, Drs. Paula Friedman, Judith Fisch, and Kadambari Rawal.

  • March 11, 2018 (The Berkshire Eagle – Great Barrington): The MDS Foundation awarded a $25,000 Access to Care Grant to Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires (VIM) to allow the organization to hire a part-time dentist for its dental clinic. The addition of a part-time dentist on staff will allow VIM to treat an additional 75–100 patients per year.

    March 7, 2018 (The Herald News – Fall River): The MDS Foundation awarded a $20,000 Access to Care Grant to HealthFirst Family Care Center, Inc., to allow it to develop and implement an oral health program for older adults. This program will offer oral health education to help seniors minimize the need for invasive dental treatment as well as oral health care management to assist seniors in scheduling and traveling to their appointments.

  • March 19, 2018 (Wicked Local – Cambridge): The Forsyth Institute received a $15,000 Access to Care Grant from the MDS Foundation to expand the ForsythKids program in Lynn and Somerville. The expansion of this program will allow ForsythKids to provide dental care services ranging from preventive cleanings to urgent treatment of oral disease to undocumented minor immigrants lacking parental custody.

  • March 8, 2018 (Leominster Champion – Wachusett) A $20,000 MDS Foundation Access to Care Grant was awarded to Community Health Connections to help replace its oral surgery equipment so it can continue to provide residents of the Greater Fitchburg area with oral and maxillofacial surgery services.
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