Special Projects Fund

Project Title

Oral Health Opinion Research

Grant Amount


Priority Area

Special Projects Fund

Date Awarded

May 28, 2013







Poor oral health is the gateway to other health issues; for example, periodontal disease has been linked with increased risk for heart and lung diseases, stroke, adverse pregnancy outcomes, and respiratory disease.

Although oral diseases are often preventable and treatable, many New Yorkers lack access to effective community-level preventive measures and to dental care services.

This grant supported work with the Benenson Strategy Group to assess New Yorkers’ opinions and values related to oral health and community-level public health interventions. The research helped the Foundation identify potential opportunities and options for community-level prevention efforts to improve oral health in New York State and inform future investments in this area.