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Dentistry Grants

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Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children (HSHC) is a Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that was established to support and promote service, education and research that advances the oral health of infants and children in the United States. The HSHC's endowment is most commonly employed to support community-based initiatives that provide Access to Care for all children, including those with special health care needs. More recently, the Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), has announced the availability of three new grant programs under the auspices of the Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children program.

The Foundation is accepting applications for the grant programs on Access to Care, Oral Health Research and Future Dental Researcher Fellowships through August 2011. The first of the three are HSHC Access to Care Grants consisting of grants up to $20,000 per year supporting United States service initiatives that provide dental care to underserved and limited access children. The HSHC says it will give special consideration to programs that have demonstrated success and have potential for replication. The funds can be applied to cover costs of clinic supplies and instruments, patient/parent education materials, take-home supplies and any other activity with direct impact on child oral care. Next up are the HSHC Oral Health Research Grants that are awards of up to $100,000 a year for up to three years that can be applied to research initiatives or projects designed to better understand caries and its impact on child oral health and to evaluate the performance of dental care programs targeting underserved and limited access children. HSHC research funds can also be utilized for larger scale projects that involve multiple donors. The final HSHC grant is a Future Dental Researcher Fellowship to allow those entering into a 3rd year of research to focus on dental care programs targeting underserved and limited access child populations. The HSHC says its Oral Health Research Grants and Future Dental Researcher Fellowships will help provide all children with the most up-to-date science and evidence-based care possible. Guidelines, requirements and grant application instructions are available from the HSHC through the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.