IMESD Awarded Dental Health Grant from The Oregon Community Foundation

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The InterMountain ESD recently received a $70,000 grant from The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) to improve dental health for students in eastern Oregon.

The purpose of the grant is to implement a comprehensive school-based dental health program targeted at low-income students in grades kindergarten through 8th in a three-county region. The counties covered are Umatilla, Morrow and Union.

One of the IMESD’s continuing initiatives is to improve the oral health of students in its 18 component school districts by providing care that is accessible, affordable and convenient for students. Mark Mulvihill, IMESD superintendent, said, “By improving oral health for eastern Oregon students, we can continue to make progress toward increasing school attendance, increasing the 3rd grade reading rate and increasing the high school graduation rate. We are grateful to the OCF for the opportunity to help further these goals.”

The grant funding comes from the Children’s Dental Health Initiative Fund, a statewide initiative of the OCF. The partners that contributed to the grant include: A-dec, The Ford Family Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, Meyer Memorial Trust, Northwest Health Foundation, Providence Health & Services and the Oregon Community Foundation.

For more information about the OCF initiative, click here.