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Action for Dental Health Act

In 2018, members helped the ADA get the Action for Dental Health Act, which provided funding for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) oral health workforce grant program, signed into law. The Action for Dental Health (ADH) program has supported many state-based efforts to reduce dental disease through oral health education, grow the oral health workforce and place it where it’s most needed, reduce emergency department visits through establishing dental homes, and many other important initiatives.

Please take a moment to write your Congressional delegation to urge them to support reauthorizing this workforce grant program so that funding for these crucial programs will not expire this year and would be extended for a five-year period from 2024 until 2028.

Please email your Congressional delegation and ask them to support this crucial workforce grant program focused on providing access to care for those most in need. In doing so, they can express their support for the oral health of underserved populations, and for the improvements in the dental workforce needed to get dental professionals where they are most needed.