LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 28, 2016) — A $2 million grant will help the University of Louisville School of Dentistry treat underserved Kentuckians with HIV/AIDS. The funding has been awarded to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Department for Public Health HIV/AIDS Services Branch, Ryan White Part B program and contracted to the UofL School of Dentistry.
UofL’s Community Based Dental Partnership Program (CBDPP), is one of only 12 Ryan White CBDPP federally funded oral health programs in the U.S. and the only one in the state.
The two-year grant will allow for increased access to oral health care services for people living with HIV, while providing education and clinical training for dental care providers, especially those practicing in community-based settings.
Dental care is one of the most common unmet needs for people living with HIV/AIDS in Kentucky. Needs include fillings, crowns and bridges and dentures.
The dental school first received funding from the Kentucky HIV/AIDS Branch Ryan White Part B program for a six-month pilot in January 2014. The purpose of this funding was to expand the reach of oral health services and create a statewide network for improving access to comprehensive oral health care and improved oral health outcomes for individuals living with HIV/AIDS enrolled in the Kentucky Ryan White Part B program.
Based on the success of the pilot program, the UofL School of Dentistry’s CBDPP was awarded a $1.2 million two-year state contract in 2014-2016, and has now received $2 million for 2016-2018 to continue serving the oral health needs of Kentuckians living with HIV/AIDS. Last year, UofL dental health care providers performed more than 6,000 procedures for nearly 600 HIV/AIDS patients.