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1. What is the purpose of the Wrigley Company Foundation/CDS Foundation Community Service Grants Program
The grants funded by the Wrigley Company Foundation are intended to engender the participation of member dentists and fourth year dental student members in community service projects to promote the oral health education and/or provide dental services to the underserved populations of the Chicagoland area. By having financial support for their efforts, members will no doubt be able to provide a greater reach for their projects
2. Who can apply for a Community Service Grant?
Any Chicago Dental Society member dentist or fourth year dental student member may apply, using the grant application form provided.
3. What is the amount of the Grants that will be funded?
Grants are limited to a maximum of $5,000. Strict application and delivery requirements are outlined later in this FAQ document.
4. What population is served by the Community Service Grants Program?
Projects should address socioeconomically disadvantaged groups with oral healthcare needs in the Chicagoland area. Chicago is recognized as the city / area of numerous ethnic and cultural groups. White, Hispanic, and African Americans are the three main core groups with nationalities from around the world represented.
More than 1.5 million Cook County residents were registered for government health care (i.e. Medicaid) in 2011, which is equal to roughly half of the state’s Public Aid population.
5. How will the Community Service Grants Program funds be allocated in the Chicagoland area?
A total of $45,000 will be awarded, based on the following breakdown:
6. What are the unmet needs that justify this program
The Chicago Dental Society (CDS) released a white paper report, Broken Smiles, in February 2013 which details the poor state of access to care in Illinois. “The 5-year period from 2006 until 2011 saw a nation struggling to cope with recession. In Chicago and Cook County the results was not only economic decline but also oral disaster as demand for dental safety net services increased and supply decreased.”
For example, Lake, Cook and DuPage counties lost 12 of 44 public health dental clinics in recent years; that left only 32 clinics for the tri-county area, with several even lacking a dentist. Those clinics that are left have waiting lists months long. Adding to the reduction in state and local services, Illinois’ $1.6 billion cut in Illinois Medicaid program in 2012 restricted adult benefits to emergency tooth extractions only
The Broken Smiles paper includes extensive data and may be accessed by clicking here. In summary:
And because most school-based programs similarly encompass only prevention, many children who need fillings or extractions end up in the same sparse and overcrowded clinic as their parents.”
Recent surveys by the Chicago Dental Society found that:
7. Why are the CDS Foundation and the Chicago Dental Society interested in leading this effort?
The 2011 Report from the American Dental Association, “Breaking Down Barriers to Oral Health for All Americans: Repairing the Tattered Safety Net,” identifies several key factors which make this a natural approach to an important problem.
8. What is CDS’s organizational capacity to address these unmet needs?
9. How will my grant application be evaluated?
Measurable outcomes of each grant award are required, including timeline, objectives and results. Each grant to be funded will be judged individually based on the protocol of their goals using the following criteria
10. Are there any restrictions to the program design of the Grants?
11. What are the requirements for a successful grant application?
12. What is the Wrigley Company Foundation/CDSF Grant Program Schedule?
13. What personal benefits can I expect from participation in this program?
As this program is dependent upon the applicant’s commitment to addressing the oral care needs of the targeted populations, personal growth will be an enriching benefit to participants. It should also be noted that Illinois encourages safety net volunteerism by awarding continuing education (CE) credit to providers who present volunteer community oral health education programs.4
1. CDS White Paper, “Broken Smiles” 2. American Dental Association, “Breaking Down Barriers to Oral Health for All Americans: Repairing the Tattered Safety Net,” 20113. Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, “Administrative Code Section 1220”4. Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, “Administrative Code Section 1220"
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