Vermont State Dental Society Diabetes Education Program receives $10,000 grant

first_imgThe Vermont State Dental Society (VSDS) received a $10,000 grant from the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation to continue its Diabetes and Oral Health Program (DOHP) that was piloted in 2008. In a collaborative effort between the VSDS, the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation, and the Vermont Department of Health, the program offers on-site courses on the connections between diabetes and oral health to dental professionals. Since the inception of the program, two dental educators, Dr. Nevin Zablotsky and Dr. Gerald Theberge, have presented the DOHP curriculum to 32 dental practices over the state, reaching 277 dental office personnel.Peter Taylor, Executive Director of the Vermont State Dental Society, said, ‘The mission of the Diabetes and Oral Health Program is to ensure that practicing dental personnel have access to the latest information on diabetes and ways to identify and refer their patients to diabetes educational and treatment services. Ongoing financial support by the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation has been critical to the program’s success.’Since 1995, the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation has awarded grants to oral health programs in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont to help address oral health access issues. Based in Concord, New Hampshire, with a sales office in Burlington, Northeast Delta Dental offers dental insurance programs for organizations of all sizes and people with no access to employer-sponsored dental benefits. Source: VSDS. 10.20.2010last_img

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