School-Based Health Alliance and DentaQuest Foundation Announce Partnership

The Two Organizations will Work to Integrate Oral Health Care into Nation’s Ten Largest School Districts

Washington, DC—The School-Based Health Alliance received a grant from the DentaQuest Foundation to address disparities in the oral health status of school children nationwide. The Foundation is providing $399,000 to strengthen school and community oral health networks. This grant will help build, support, and strengthen a sustainable infrastructure that promotes oral health integration in schools in the nation’s ten largest school districts: New York City, NY; Los Angeles Unified, CA; City of Chicago, IL; Dade, FL; Clark County, NV; Broward, FL; Houston ISD, TX; Hillsborough County, FL; Hawaii Department of Education, HI; and Orange County, FL.

“Poor oral health is one of the leading causes of absenteeism in the classroom today. It’s also the most common chronic disease among children. And it’s preventable,” said John Schlitt, President of the School-Based Health Alliance. “Yet, despite the existence of some successful school oral health initiatives, access to oral health services remains a challenge for many students. We are excited to take this challenge head-on in our nation’s ten largest school districts. Our hope is that we will then be able to replicate our success in all school districts across the country.”

As the recipient of the Innovation in School-based Oral Health Services: Learning Collaborative Network grant, the School-Based Health Alliance will work in partnership with the DentaQuest Foundation, national experts, states, local schools, and their communities to lay the groundwork to develop and strengthen the capacity and expertise needed to integrate oral health care into schools.

“We are pleased to partner with the School-Based Health Alliance to help us advance one of our Oral Health 2020 goals,” said Ralph Fuccillo, President of the DentaQuest Foundation. “Too many children and adolescents suffer from poor oral health. Schools can be vital access points to the oral health care services our nation’s students need to thrive.”

About the DentaQuest Foundation

The DentaQuest Foundation is a national philanthropy focused on improving the oral health of all. It invests in national and community-based initiatives that engage communities to create conditions for optimal oral health through support of prevention and access to oral health care, and through partnerships with funders, policy makers, and community leaders. For more information, please visit

About the School Based Health Alliance

The School-Based Health Alliance is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that was founded in 1995 to serve as the national voice for school-based health care. The Alliance supports the school-based health care field by providing technical assistance, resources, and trainings so they can provide the best-quality health care to their patients. In addition, the Alliance advocates for policies on the local, state, and federal level that strengthen school health, and supports its technical assistance and advocacy work—and the entire school-based health care field—through quality research and evaluation.

For more information, or to schedule an interview with John Schlitt, contact Kyle Taylor at



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