Mobile dental van receives $15,000 grant |

Mobile dental van receives $15,000 grant

Daily Staff Report

A law banning the use of engine-compression brakes, commonly called “jakes,” on Interstate 70 through Vail is getting another look.The funds will support two local coordinators who will organize appointments for the Miles for Smiles mobile van, coordinate follow-up treatment, and schedule educational presentations in schools throughout Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties.In 2003-2004, Catholic Charities hopes to coordinate dental screening and treatment for more than 700 under-served children.The grant is among the second round of funding by the foundation as part of its five-year, $5 million initiative to respond to the growing oral health care crisis in the state. It is one of six projects around the state to receive an oral health improvement grant this round.”The foundation’s primary goal with this initiative is to partner with the oral health safety net providers to reduce the devastating consequences of oral disease among underserved Coloradoans,” said Chris Wiant, PhD, Caring for Colorado President & CEO.”This is an issue in which we feel we can make a positive and lasting impact in the lives of many people in our state,” Wiant said.The foundation launched its oral health initiative in May, 2002 after receiving extensive feedback from communities throughout the state about the serious oral health problems in Colorado, Wiant said.Caring for Colorado Foundation was founded in 1999 and is the state’s newest philanthropic resource for health-oriented programs and projects. Its vision is to ensure that the people of Colorado are the healthiest in the nation.

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