NH DHHS’s Oral Health Program Receives Grant Aimed at Improving Access to Oral Care in Rural New Hampshire

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS), Oral Health Program

(OHP) has been awarded a three-year grant from Health Resources and

Services Administration (HRSA) for $940,000. Funds will be used in

partnership with community organizations, including Bi-State Primary Care

Association and two Federally Qualified Health Centers to support

strategies to improve the oral health of children and adults on Medicaid

and Medicare, and low income uninsured children and adults residing in

Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas in rural areas of central and

northern NH. The project will take advantage of opportunities presented by

the University of New England’s new College of Dental Medicine, the first

dental school in northern New England with a goal of training dentists to

practice in rural and underserved areas.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to work with our partners serving

rural communities of NH to bring much needed support to increase their

capacity to provide oral health services for underserved populations,”

said NH’s Public Health Director Dr. José Montero. “This is a step forward

in our effort to provide oral health services to both adults and children

of these communities.”

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