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Module 7: Program Clearinghouse

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy funded rural communities to implement oral health programs as part of the 330A Outreach Authority program. This program focuses on reducing oral healthcare disparities and expanding healthcare services in rural areas.

Examples of current 330A Outreach Authority grantees that developed an oral healthcare program in a rural community are provided below. Oral health program model information is available in Module 2.

  • Delta Dental Plan of South Dakota
    Project Title: Dakota Smiles Mobile Dental Program
    Synopsis: Improve access to dental care and increase prevention and screening.
  • Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center
    Project title: Eastern Shore Children’s Regional Oral Health Consortium (CROC)
    Synopsis: Increase availability and access to comprehensive oral healthcare services in order to prevent and control oral disease in children and adolescents and eliminate oral health disparities.
  • Innis Community Health Center
    Project title: Building Tomorrows Smiles
    Synopsis: Provides early intervention in the form of oral screening exams and fluoride varnish applications for infants and toddlers and develops professional education for healthcare providers.
  • Mississippi Headwaters Area Dental Health Center
    Project title: Ensuring Patient Success with Outreach and Support
    Synopsis: Provide patient outreach and support services at a new community dental clinic.
  • Rice Regional Dental Clinic
    Project title: Pediatric Dentistry Residency Project
    Synopsis: Increase access to dental care for underserved children in the 17-county service area of West Central and Southwest Minnesota.
  • Thumb Rural Health Network (TRHN)
    Project title: Partnering For Health-Thumb Access to Care Project
    Synopsis: Increase access to primary care, dental care, and vision care for low-income, uninsured residents of rural Michigan counties.
  • West Central District Health Department (WCDHD)
    Project title: West Central Smiles Clinic
    Synopsis: Expand dental services for underserved children through a portable dental clinic.