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COVID-19 Utilization: Decreasing Oral Health Disparities in Illinois

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Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation
Aug 2, 2021

Bob Egan
Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation

Lora Vitek
Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation


The COVID-19 Utilization: Decreasing Oral Health Disparities in Illinois program will provide funding for innovative community-based strategies designed to increase children's utilization of quality, comprehensive oral health services in communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and poverty. The focus is on communities of color, impoverished communities across the state, and rural areas.

Strategies should address one or more of the following:

  • Physical environment
    • Access to dental services
  • Social Environment
    • School curricula
    • Community education
    • Social stigma
    • Family and school influences on oral health practice
  • Cultural environment
    • Importance of oral health
    • Beliefs about oral health

Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and government entities, including:

  • Community-based nonprofits
  • Community health centers
  • Youth serving organizations
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)
  • FQHC look-alikes
  • School-based health centers
  • Free clinics
  • Public health departments
  • Hospitals
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $100,000 per year
Project period: 2 years
Estimated total program funding: $4,000,000

Application process

Links to additional guidance, application instructions, and the online application portal are available on the program website.

Tagged as
Access · Children and youth · Culture and cultural competency · Health disparities · Infectious diseases · Minorities · Oral health · Poverty · Schools · Illinois

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