NCOHF spring grants

April 19, 2010
Awards are for pediatric oral health-care programs.

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina--National Children’s Oral Health Foundation: America’s
Toothfairy recently awarded grants totaling $109,050 to eight not-for-profit community, university, and hospital-based dental programs nationwide.

Grant recipients are members of the growing NCOHF affiliate network delivering comprehensive oral health preventive, restorative, and educational programs to children from vulnerable populations. Through continued support from NCOHF financial and product contributions, as well as technical resources, the NCOHF affiliate network has reached more than one million children since 2006.

Fern Ingber, NCOHF president and CEO, expressed her gratitude to NCOHF supporters, noting that, "It is only through the continued generosity of NCOHF individual, organizational, and corporate partners that America’s Toothfairy grant awards are possible. We are honored to serve as a comprehensive resource provider for our affiliate network of nonprofit health-care facilities, and we are grateful that so many donors share in the NCOHF mission to eliminate children's unnecessary suffering from pediatric dental disease."

Added Kathleen Traut, executive director of America’s Toothfairy affiliate and recent grant recipient, A Fluoride Connection Non Profit Corporation: "We work in an area that has many rural poor farm families. Many don't qualify for the state offered dental health plan and as a result, our organization receives very low reimbursement from the state program.

“We won't turn any child away if they are uninsured or otherwise aren't on the program; we simply get paid less," added Traut. "Funding from America's Toothfairy has eased our financial worries in providing vital services for the little ones who (many) won't otherwise have any dental experiences at all. It is gratifying to share such a passion for children's oral health with America’s Toothfairy!"

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