Funds from all Ryan White HIV/AIDS grant programs can support the provision of oral health services. Two programs, however, specifically focus on funding oral health care for people with HIV: the Dental Reimbursement Program (DRP) and the Community-Based Dental Partnership Program (CBDPP).
Funding of services and of education and training for oral health providers are key program elements. Eligible applicants for both programs include institutions that have dental or dental hygiene education programs accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (e.g., dental schools, hospitals with postdoctoral dental residency programs, and community colleges with dental hygiene programs).
The DRP, first funded in 1994, assists institutions with accredited dental or dental hygiene education programs by defraying their unreimbursed costs associated with providing oral health care to people with HIV. Institutions that participate in the DRP report that unreimbursed costs of care continue to rise.
The CBDPP was first funded in FY 2002 to increase access to oral health care services for HIV-positive individuals while providing education and clinical training for dental care providers, especially those in community-based settings. To achieve its goals, the CBDPP works through multipartner collaborations between dental and dental hygiene education programs and community-based dentists and dental clinics. Community-based program partners and consumers help design programs and assess their impact. Important program components include the following activities:
Increasing access to oral health care for people with HIV
Providing dental and dental hygiene students and postdoctoral dental residents with training in the management of oral health care for people with HIV
Supporting the training of the next generations of oral health providers to enable them to manage the oral health needs of people with HIV.
The Dental Reimbursement Program was first authorized in 1991, but it was not funded until 1994. It was then incorporated into the Ryan White Program in the 1996 reauthorization.
Part F - Dental Programs Publications