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Delta Dental Institute Offers Oral Health Equity Research Awards


The Oral Health Equity Awards are two research grants to study oral health equity in underserved populations.

The Delta Dental Institute (DDI) and the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) announced two new Oral Health Equity Awards to support research.

The awards are for research that advances recommendations for greater oral health equity in populations that lack access to dental care and improves oral health literacy for underserved populations.

Two awards will be conferred – one in each research area for $25,000.

“At Delta Dental, our mission is to advance the oral health of all Americans,” said Vivian Vasallo, executive director of the Delta Dental Institute. “We are pleased to partner with AADOCR to invest in critically needed research to advance access to care for all and ensure greater health equity across the country.”

Submissions must represent original research that addresses social determinants of health (SDOH) and oral health disparities and promote oral health equity in the areas of access to care and oral health literacy.

Populations of interest include underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, age groups and hard to reach populations, including adolescents, tribal and rural communities.

Applications are now being accepted through the AADOCR website and will be reviewed by an expert review panel acknowledged as leaders in their fields. The deadline for submission is October 28, 2022.

The two awards will be conferred in the form of unrestricted research grants. Award winners will be announced at the 52nd meeting of the AADOCR, and 47th meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR), March 15-18, 2023, in Portland, Oregon.

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