Oral Care Access Scholars Program

In conjunction with the Dental Trade Alliance, the Santa Fe Group launched a new program in 2002 that focuses on increasing dental care access. The Santa Fe Group is providing conceptual guidance and overall project management while the American Dental Trade Association is providing the “mission directive” and funding. Stemming from the latter organization’s commitment to expanding health care access and improving dental productivity, a competitive “call for proposals” was published in 2002. This solicitation sought small-scale, but creative projects that would strike out in new directions to achieve broad, strategic improvements in oral health care and dental productivity. The funded projects and award recipients are listed below.