The Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) Innovations in Oral Health Care Initiative funded 15 demonstration sites for five years to develop innovative models of care providing oral health care services to underserved populations living with HIV in both urban and non-urban settings. Despite the importance of access to quality oral health care, large numbers of people with HIV reportedly have unmet oral health care needs. Inadequate oral health care can undermine success of HIV treatment regimens as well as diminish quality of life for those living with HIV. The demonstration sites for this initiative provided comprehensive oral health care services to HIV-positive clients and developed individualized treatment plans for each patient receiving service. The demonstration sites also participated in a multi-site evaluation conducted by the Health and Disability Working Group at Boston University, which served as the Evaluation Center for this initiative.
Demonstration project grant recipients included: AIDS Care Group (Chester, PA); AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (Milwaukee, WI); Community Health Center (Norwalk, CT); Harbor Health Services (Mattapan, MA); HIV Alliance of Lane County (Eugene, OR); Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA); Lutheran Medical Center (Brooklyn, NY); Montefiore Medical Center (Bronx, NY); Native American Health Center (San Francisco, CA); Sandhills Medical Foundation (McBee, SC); Special Health Resources for Texas (Longview, TX); St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center (New York, NY); University of Miami School of Medicine (Miami, FL); University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Tenderloin Health (San Francisco, CA).