Access to Care Grants
Increasing access to dental care for underserved communities is one of the primary objectives of the MDS Foundation and this year's recipients are working hard to ensure that everyone in Massachusetts is able to have good oral health. Congratulations to our 2017 Access to Care Grant Recipients:
- Berkshire District - $25,000 was granted 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.
- Boston District - $15,000 was granted to the Forsyth Institute 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.
- Merrimack Valley District - $20,000 was granted to the Lowell Community Health Center to assist in purchasing equipment for its dental clinic expansion. Lowell Community Health Center is adding eight additional operatories to its clinic that will enable it to drastically increase the number of patients it can see per year.
- Southeastern District - $20,000 was granted 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.
- Wachusett District - $20,000 was granted 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.
View a map of 2017-2018 MDS Foundation grant recipients.