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.
February 25, 2019 (Dartmouth Week – Dartmouth): Second graders at Quinn Elementary brushed up on dental hygiene at a presentation from Dr. Sabina Malla. Malla, a dentist, visits schools in the area to help kids learn good dental hygiene and build good habits by emphasizing the importance of brushing their teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time, and flossing each evening. Dr. Malla has worked with nearly 900 kids in the area. Her visits are sponsored by the Massachusetts Dental Society, which provides her with educational booklets and dental hygiene kits for each child that include a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and a two-minute sand timer.
January 29, 2019 (The Standard-Times – New Bedford): Dr. Sabina Malla, dental director at Kool Smiles in Fall River, is bringing oral health education to preschoolers throughout SouthCoast. In Dartmouth, her initiatives have reached more than 800 children, and she has plans to see that number grow. Dr. Malla is able to provide education and resources to local preschools with the support of a grant from the Massachusetts Dental Society.
January 2, 2019 (The Berkshire Eagle – Pittsfield): Two organizations devoted to helping low-income residents care for their teeth are the recent recipients of grants that will boost their mission. The Massachusetts Dental Society Foundation has awarded $16,000 to Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires so the Great Barrington-based medical and dental organization can add extra dental hygienist hours to support the all-volunteer dentist staff at its free dental clinic. And Hillcrest Dental Care, Inc. in Pittsfield received $20,000 to buy a portable dental unit to travel to children across the county who do not have access to a dentist.
December 19, 2018 (The Berkshire Edge – Great Barrington): The Massachusetts Dental Society Foundation has awarded more than $75,000 in “Expanding Access to Dental Care” grants to four organizations in Massachusetts, including two in Berkshire County. Hillcrest Dental Care Inc. in Pittsfield received a $20,000 grant to help the organization provide care to underserved Berkshire County children via a portable dental unit. Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires in Great Barrington received a $16,000 grant to fund additional dental hygienist hours to support the all-volunteer dentists in its free dental clinic.
December 14, 2018 (Wicked Local – Cambridge): The Massachusetts Dental Society Foundation awarded the Forsyth Institute in Cambridge a $15,000 grant to help the organization provide oral health care to immigrant children at 60 sites, reaching those with difficulty accessing dental services. The Forsyth Institute was founded in 1910 to provide urgently needed oral health care to the disadvantaged children of Boston. Over the years, more than 500,000 children have become “ForsythKids.
December 13, 2018 (WSBS Radio – Great Barrington): The Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) Foundation has awarded a total of more than $75,000 in “Expanding Access to Dental Care” grants to four organizations in Massachusetts. The goal of the grants is to improve the oral health of residents of the Commonwealth by supporting sustainable programs that improve access to dental care. Two of the four grant recipient organizations are located in the Berkshires.