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Federal Grants Seek to Address Children’s Oral Health Disparities

Federal funding supports the Multidisciplinary and Collaborative Research Consortium to Reduce Oral Health Disparities in Children.


The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Dentistry is the latest recipient of dental research grants totaling more than $20 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The funding supports the Multi – disciplinary and Collaborative Research Consortium to Reduce Oral Health Disparities in Children, a new initiative of NIH’s National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. The institute previously awarded $35 million to create the UCSF Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health, known as CAN DO.

The school has designated part of the funding for its CAN DO 3 efforts, which will focus on ways to improve the oral health of groups that have historically experienced the highest prevalence of dental disease. Researchers will also be charged with eliminating health disparities among low-income populations through evidence-based approaches. The remaining funds will be used to support UCSF’s Coordinating Center to Help Eliminate/Reduce Oral Health Inequalities in Children and the Behavioral Economics for Oral Health Innovation project.

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