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Deadline: February 27, 2015

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Quality Improvement Expansion Grant

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) solicits applications for the Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Quality Improvement (PIOHQI) Expansion Grant Program, the second phase of the Perinatal and Infant Oral Health National Initiative. The goal of this grant program, as with this multi-phase initiative, is to reduce the prevalence of oral disease in both pregnant women and infants through improved access to quality oral health care. By targeting pregnant women and infants most at risk for disease, during times of increased health care access, the expected result is improved oral health and oral health care utilization of the mother and her child throughout their lifespan. Oral health is an essential component in promoting and maintaining overall health during pregnancy and throughout one’s lifetime. Ultimately, by linking the delivery of oral health with primary care, the overall well-being of pregnant women and infants will be improved.

At the end of this funding period, awardees will have defined and implemented evidenced-based models used to successfully integrate quality oral health care into perinatal and infant primary health care delivery systems with statewide reach. These models will:

  • Reduce prevalence of oral disease in pregnant women and infants, ultimately reducing Early Childhood Caries (ECC)
  • Increase utilization of preventive dental care by pregnant women
  • Establish a dental home for infants (by age one)
  • Reduce dental expenditures

Lessons learned from implementing these state models will be used to develop the National Implementation Framework for Improved Perinatal and Infant Oral Health. As a guide, this framework will support state stakeholders (i.e., government leaders, oral health professionals, community and state health program directors, and others) in their efforts to:

  1. Expand opportunities for access to direct oral health services
  2. Increase delivery of best practices for oral health care, including oral health clinical competencies of primary care providers
  3. Enhance statewide data sources, making available “real time” data with common oral health metrics
  4. Support sustainability, including state policy and legislation changes to ensure sufficient reimbursement.

Specific to sustainability after the period of Federal funding ends, awardees are expected to sustain key elements of their grant projects (e.g., strategies or services and interventions, which have been effective in increasing access to quality oral health care and improving the oral health status of the target populations). Sustainability can be achieved in various ways, including both Federal and/or state funding support, private-public partnerships, and self-generating revenue.

Oral health care includes, but is not limited to, oral health education, fluoride treatment, dental sealants, dental cleaning/prophylaxis, and dental restorative services. Through collaborations that lead to public and private partnerships, awardees will expand opportunities for direct access to oral health services in safety net settings, such as: community health centers, university dental training programs, private offices, and public health clinics. This collaboration could lead to changes in policy that ensure sufficient reimbursement to health professionals. Access to oral health services can also be supported through mutual agreements with health care service systems that serve pregnant women and infants, including the Supplemental Nutrition for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Head Start, Home Visiting, Healthy Start, and Title V programs.

Amount: $1,750,000 is available for up to 5 awards.

Eligibility: Any public or private entities, which include Indian tribes or tribal organizations.

Link: https://grants3.hrsa.gov/2010/Web2External/Interface/FundingCycle/ExternalView.aspx?&fCycleID=a87d8379-eb24-49ce-a359-84677a07dc42&txtAction=View+Details&submitAction=Go&ViewMode=EU

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