Oral Health Services in Michigan Strengthened through DentaQuest Foundation’s Continued Investment
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) is pleased to announce that it has been chosen to participate in the DentaQuest Foundation’s Strengthening the Oral Health Safety Net initiative as a state primary care association partner for the third consecutive year.
The Strengthening the Oral Health Safety Net initiative addresses the challenges that Health Centers, as safety net providers, face in providing comprehensive primary and preventive services to improve the oral and overall health of people who might otherwise go without the care they need, were it not for their local Health Center. A strong safety net is vital to meet current and future demand for oral health prevention, education, and treatment for underinsured and medically underserved children and adults.
Using the $100,000 in grant funding through this initiative, MPCA will assist Michigan Health Centers in strengthening and enhancing their oral health services so they are prepared to care for the growing number of people seeking care. Specifically, MPCA in collaboration with DentaQuest will promote interprofessional activities among dental and medical programs in five Health Centers, elevate the importance of oral health within MPCA and develop executive leadership at the selected Health Centers to promote optimal oral health, advance safety net oral health needs at the state level, and optimize the management of dental programs to provide sustainable and effective oral health care.
Thirty-nine Michigan Health Centers provide quality, comprehensive, affordable primary and preventive care to more than 600,000 Michigan residents at over 240 delivery sites across the state. Their doors are open to all, regardless of insurance status or income level, and their services range from medical care, to dental care, to behavioral health care, and beyond.
“Through the continued assistance of the DentaQuest Foundation, Michigan residents have enjoyed improved access to care and health professionals have a clearer understanding of the economic and geographic access barriers yet to be addressed,” said Kim Sibilsky, Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Primary Care Association. “DentaQuest not only provides financial assistance, but also greatly needed technical assistance and strategic direction. As of October 1st, Michigan has expanded its Medicaid population by over 400,000 beneficiaries. All of these people now have dental coverage. It will be our challenge to ensure that these beneficiaries have access to quality oral health services. We greatly value our DentaQuest partnership in meeting this challenge and opportunity.”
About Michigan Primary Care Association
Michigan Primary Care Association has been the voice for Health Centers and other community-based providers in Michigan since 1980. It is a leader in building a healthy society in which all residents have convenient and affordable access to quality health care. MPCA’s mission is to promote, support, and develop comprehensive, accessible, and affordable quality community-based primary care services to everyone in Michigan. For more information, please visit www.mpca.net or call 517.381.8000.
About DentaQuest Foundation
The DentaQuest Foundation was established in 2000. Its mission is to improve the oral health of all. The Foundation collaborates with partners in communities across the United States, connecting key stakeholders, raising awareness, and supporting solutions. It seeks to achieve its mission by investing its efforts in four systems—policy, funding, care, and community. In its vision of success:
- Populations have better oral health and less disease through greater access to quality care and prevention
- Providers (dental and non-dental) and patients work together to effectively prevent and manage oral disease
- Reimbursement (public and private payers) is based on improved outcomes rather than procedures
- Private funders achieve greater system and community impact to improve oral health
- Policymakers have a clear vision of an optimal health system that includes oral health and have sound data and best practices to make policy and funding decisions
For more information, please visit www.dentaquestfoundation.org.