MDCH Oral Health Program Promotes Community Water Fluoridation

Contact: Angela Minicuci (517) 241-2112
Agency: Community Health

For Immediate Release:  October 5, 2011

LANSING - The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) Oral Health Program is promoting public water system fluoridation by offering grants to community water systems. The grants will help provide new fluoridation equipment to communities without systems in place, as well as replacement equipment to promote continuation of fluoridation programs already established across Michigan.

This is the third year that the Oral Health Program, through the support of the Delta Dental Foundation, is offering the grants for community water fluoridation. Approximately $100,000 is being made available. The funds can be used to offset the costs of purchasing and installing fluoridation equipment. In addition, the Delta Dental Foundation has also awarded the Oral Health Program funding for the SEAL!Michigan dental sealant program and an oral health initiative for the Maternal Infant Health Program.

"This is a wonderful way to support community fluoridation efforts, and we are grateful for the continued support and partnership of the Delta Dental Foundation," said Olga Dazzo, Director of the MDCH. "Water fluoridation has been proven effective in preventing tooth decay and can benefit an entire community."

Michigan continues to be a leader in community water fluoridation with close to 90 percent of our population on community water systems having access to fluoridated drinking water. The Fluoridation Equipment Grant initiative allows community water systems needing new and updated fluoride equipment to apply for funding.

Previous communities that received fluoridation equipment grants for community water fluoridation include Escanaba, Bangor, Munising, Lansing, Lake Odessa, Ionia, Alpena, Gladstone, Greenville, Marine City, Marquette and Muskegon.

 

Additional information about this grant opportunity can be found on the MDCH website www.michigan.gov/mdch or by contacting Susan Deming, Education and Fluoridation Coordinator, MDCH at demings@michigan.gov.

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