Special Projects Fund

Project Title

Enhancing Oral Health and Developing a Blueprint for Sustainable Success

Grant Amount


Priority Area

Special Projects Fund

Date Awarded

June 20, 2017


Capital Region


In Progress



Although oral health in the United States has improved overall, tooth decay remains the most common chronic childhood disease—five times more prevalent than asthma.

Low-income and minority families in particular bear a high burden of dental problems, but are less likely than middle- or high-income families to have access to preventive dental services. In 2013, NYHealth supported the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy in efforts to educate policymakers and communities in New York State about dental disease and make recommendations for policies to improve population oral health across socioeconomic status, race, and age. In 2017, NYHealth awarded the Schuyler Center a grant to further this statewide oral health campaign.

Under this grant, the Schuyler Center will build the readiness and capacity of communities to implement new public health solutions to improve oral health and sustain existing community-based efforts. It will provide training and technical support to New York State communities, including through the development of a campaign kit that will guide communities in their oral health promotion efforts going forward. Last, the Schuyler Center will promote the New York oral health campaign nationally at conferences, disseminating the strategies, successes, and challenges of the project.