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Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services announced its new Oral Health Initiative. Part of that initiative will be funding dental programs within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). As many of these grants will be competitive, HRSA is thus in need of grant reviewers.

Specifically, HRSA is looking for dentists, including private practitioners, with expertise in

  • Health professions training
  • Maternal and child health
  • Organ transplantation
  • Primary care for underserved people
  • Rural health
Grants are usually reviewed over the course of three to five days in Washington, D.C. All travel costs and logistics will be handled by HRSA, and reviewers will receive an honorarium.

Those interested in becoming a grant reviewer should out an online application. If you have questions or need more information, contact ADA staff member Dr. Steven Geiermann at (800) 621-8099, extension 2667, or (312) 440-2667.

Additional information from the ADA follows:

HRSA funds a variety of health care initiatives, including federally qualified health centers, maternal and child health programs, pediatric and dental public health residencies, and HIV/AIDS care.  

A vast number of the grants made by HRSA are competitive, which require grant reviewers.  An excellent way to learn about HRSA, its programs and the process that is involved in awarding grants is to be part of the review process. Your own success in helping get a future federal grant application funded increases tremendously after this experience. As private dental practitioners interfacing more and more with the public sector, this experience could be very informative, especially for those dentists working within, volunteering for, or advising federally funded programs.

Grant reviewers help HRSA select the best programs from competitive groups of applicants. Reviewers are chosen for specific grant programs, based on their knowledge, education and experience. Grant review panels are selected to reflect diversity of ethnicity, gender, experience and geography.

Reviewers use their expertise to objectively evaluate and score applications against published evaluation criteria. Reviewers gain understanding of the grant-making process while enjoying the opportunity to network with colleagues.


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