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Dental Programs (Part F)

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).

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Oral Health Fact Sheet

Dental Reimbursement Program (DRP)

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.

Below are some key points for FY 2011 (DRP):


• 56 applicants eligible for funding.
• Award recipients located in 21 states plus the District of Columbia.
• Grantees trained over 11,700 dental students, postdoctoral dental residents, and dental hygiene students, providing oral health services to over 37,100 HIV positive patients.
• 16 award recipients (29%) are predoctoral dental education programs; 39 (70%) are postdoctoral dental education programs; and 1 (2%) is a dental hygiene education program.
• 43 award recipients (77%) reported some collaboration with other Ryan White-funded programs.
• 43 dental programs (77%) reported that their parent institutions were recipients of other Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funds (not only for oral health care): [28 received Part A funds, 18 received Part B, 20 received Part C, 18 received Part D, 8 received SPNS, and 11 received AETC funds.] Additionally, 8 applicant programs received RW Community-Based Dental Partnership grant funding.
• Total amount awarded: $9,641,803.00.
• Applicants received 36.50 percent of their reported non-reimbursed costs incurred in providing care during the period July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010.

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Community-Based Dental Partnership Program (CBDPP)

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.

Below are some key points for CY 2011 (CBDPP):

• 12 grantees received funding.
• Grantees located in 11 states.
• Grantees trained nearly 3,000 dental students, postdoctoral dental residents, and dental hygiene students in HIV oral health care, providing oral health services to over 5,800 HIV positive patients.
• 10 grantees (83%) are predoctoral dental education programs; and 2 (17%) are postdoctoral dental education programs.
• 10 grantees (83%) reported some collaboration with other Ryan White-funded programs.
• 10 dental programs (83%) reported that their parent institutions were recipients of other Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funds (for other than oral health care): [5 received Part A funds, 2 received Part B, 4 received Part C, 2 received Part D, 4 received SPNS, and 2 received AETC funds.] Additionally, 8 grantees received Ryan White Dental Reimbursement Program funding

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