First 5 L.A. Awards $11M Grant to UCLA To Boost L.A. County Dental Care

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On Wednesday, First 5 L.A. awarded the UCLA School of Dentistry an $11 million grant to improve community dental clinics in underserved areas of Los Angeles County, KPCC's "KPCC News" reports (Fox, "KPCC News," KPCC, 4/4).

The funds will help create the UCLA-First 5 L.A. Children's Dental Care Program -- or CDCP -- which will provide dental care for children up to age five and pregnant women over the next five years (UCLA release, 4/3).

A portion of the funding will aid renovations and upgrades at certain health centers, such as adding more exam room space and dental chairs.

Additional funds will go toward:

  • Training dental care providers; and
  • Expanding community outreach efforts to raise awareness about the importance of dental hygiene.
James Crall -- CDCP director and a UCLA dentistry faculty member -- said, "We hope the Children's Dental Care Program will serve as a prototype for transforming the oral health care system for young children throughout Los Angeles County and beyond" ("KPCC News," KPCC, 4/4).

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