The Delta Dental Institute is sponsoring three new research awards to leading health research institutions: the Havard School of Dental Medicine, the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, and the University of Iowa. This funding is part of the Delta Dental Institute's continued efforts to invest in research that leads to actionable solutions for improved oral and overall health.
Lead researcher Sung Eun Choi, SM, Ph.D., will evaluate the feasibility of policies to reduce disparities in oral health.
About the research
The study aims to conduct an economic evaluation of health care workforce-related policies that have promise for advancing access to care and thereby, oral health among vulnerable populations. Dr. Choi will develop a cost-effectiveness-based framework to estimate the impact of policies related to expanding National Health Service Corps loan repayment and scholarship programs on oral health care utilization and outcomes in underserved areas.
Lead researcher Tamanna Tiwari, MPH, MDS, BDS, conducted a critical review of the success and barriers in medical-dental collaboration models to inform future medical-dental collaboration strategies.
About the research
This research focuses on the relationship between overall health and oral health. Dr. Tiwari will evaluate patient-care delivery models that have integrated medical and dental care in a single model of care over the past 10 years. This project will assess the successes and barriers in using these types of care delivery models.
Lead researcher Leonardo Marchini, DDS, MSD, Ph.D., will assess the use of a mobile application (app) to improve oral health literacy and care provisions among caregivers of older adults.
About the research
Older adults, especially those in nursing homes, often lack access to high-quality dental care and rely on nurses and other caregivers to brush and care for their teeth. Many of these caregivers feel unequipped to help older adults care for their oral health. Dr. Marchini’s research will explore the use of a mobile app, GeriaDental, as a tool to inform and teach care providers how to help older adults with their oral health.
Applications for the 2024 award
The American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) and the Delta Dental Institute (DDI) Oral Health Equity Research Award supports research that advances recommendations for greater oral health equity in populations that lack access to dental care or improves oral health literacy for underserved populations.
Submissions must represent original research that addresses Social Determinants of Health and oral health disparities, and promotes oral health equity in the areas of Access to Care or Oral Health Literacy. Populations of interest include those from historically underrepresented groups, including racial and ethnic minorities, age groups, and hard-to-reach populations, e.g., adolescents, tribal, and rural communities.
Two awards will be conferred in each research area in the amount of US$25,000
Applications open: July 11, 2023
Applications closed: October 17, 2023
All candidates must be a member of, or at the time of submission, made a bona fide application to the AADOCR
Candidates must hold a DDS/DMD and/or Ph.D.; or equivalent advanced degree
These awards will be conferred in the form of an unrestricted research grant which carries no obligation to the recipient’s organization for licensure, patenting, or transfer of confidential information, although DDI seeks to further its mission by collaborating with the recipients to make use of their research.
2023 inaugural recipients
The American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) and the Delta Dental Institute are proud to name Astha Singhal, PhD, Boston University Assistant Professor of Health Policy & Health Services Research and the team of Cameron Randall, PhD, University of Washington Assistant Professor, Oral Health Sciences, and Tamanna Tiwari, BDS, MDS, MPH, University of Colorado Assistant Professor of Community Dentistry & Population Health, as the inaugural recipients of the AADOCR Delta Dental Institute Oral Health Equity Research Award.
The Oral Health Equity Research Award supports two research awards in the areas of advancing recommendations for greater oral health equity in populations that lack access to dental care or improving oral health literacy for underserved populations.
The awardees are: