In an effort to reinforce the importance of oral health education all school year long, the Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation is offering a grant opportunity to elementary schools located in districts formerly known as Abbott school districts (including Charter Schools) to initiate an Oral Health Education Program (OHEI) in their third-grade classes and/or fourth-grade classes for the 2015-2016 school year. At least three schools, each from a separate district, will be chosen to receive up to $5,000 to put toward the program.
In many of these schools, just 10% of the students receive routine dental care, and more than 50% suffer from tooth decay. The OHEI grants encourage teachers, curriculum coordinators, and school nurses to develop a new or expanded oral health education program for third-graders. Since 2007, our Foundation has awarded more than $93,000 in OHEI grants. This is part of approximately $1 million in annual grants to organizations in New Jersey and Connecticut that help increase access to dental services and education for underinsured populations, specifically children, the developmentally disabled, and seniors.
For more information, please contact Kimberly Elmore at 973-944-4555.
In May 2008, News 12 New Jersey interviewed Kimberly Elmore and Therese Hendrickson, Supervisor, School Based Services and grant recipient, on Delta Dental's Oral Health Education Initiative and the successful program implemented in the Keansburg Elementary School. Watch the interview.