New York State Dental Demonstration Project

The Dental Demonstration Project (DDP), a state funded initiative, was created in 2015 to improve oral health outcomes in underserved populations across New York State.

Through one day service events and community outreach provided by a Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC), the DDP strives to close the gap on unmet dental needs, improve health literacy and link families to resources in their local community.

Dental Demonstration Stats

Current DDP activity: (updated June 17th, 2021)

  • Partnership with Finger Lakes Community Health (FLCH) in Western, NY

Utilizing teledentistry, a dental provider communicates directly with children and caregivers to introduce oral hygiene and nutrition guidance while providing a first dental experience for children enrolled in the local Head Start.

To date, over 70% of children enrolled in the outreach initiative are now connected to a dental health home at Finger Lakes Community Health.

  • Partnership with Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, New York City

The goals of this partnership include; rebuilding communication with community partners post pandemic and expanding telehealth services to children enrolled in Head Start programs in neighboring underserved communities. 

Meet the CDHC

Ms. Stephanie Allen, RDH, CDHC works directly with patients, caregivers and community partners to link those in need to dental services.  In addition, Ms. Allen provides referral assistance for insurance enrollment, public health benefits and she works one-on-one with patients to improve their oral health.

Ms. Allen, a 2016 graduate of the State University of  New York at Canton Dental Hygiene Program, completed the Community Dental Health Coordination program at Rio Salado College in 2018.  Her clinical knowledge paired with her care management skills, makes her uniquely qualified to meet the challenges of communities at greatest risk for dental disease.

Headshot of Stephanie Allen

How to Volunteer & Upcoming Events 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there are currently no in person DDP events scheduled.

When events resume, please visit the NYS Dental Foundation Volunteer Registry Page for event and registration information.


“The NYSDA Volunteer Dental Demonstration Project events are a fun way to give back in a relaxed setting. Just a trip out to a rural area is enjoyable, and to be a part of a group setting is even more rewarding. Whenever I join up with a group of fellow dentists, whether it is a third world country or close to home, I come away with greater friendships and feelings of accomplishment. Please volunteer to help at an upcoming event. I am sure you won’t regret it”. – Dr. Kevin D’Angelo; Buffalo, NY

“I have done many other volunteer efforts in the past but found this experience to be truly worthy. The day was extremely well organized and the rooms were clean, well equipped and fully staffed. All you need to do is show up and leave with a tremendous sense of well-being from helping others. In reality you will get far more from the day than the patients get from the treatment you render. Take a chance and have some fun doing what we love”. – Dr. Steve Burgart; Rochester, NY

Track and Log Volunteer Hours with the NYS Dental Foundation

The Foundation Volunteer Registry is a way for members to record the hours you (and your staff) spend volunteering your services to vulnerable populations. In turn, NYSDA can use the total number of hours  members spend doing charity work as quantifiable proof to our elected officials that the dental profession is at the forefront of helping to solve complex, overall health issues

Log your volunteer hours – it’s easy, and each year, you will receive a certificate which you can post in your office to let your patients know about the amazing work you do for those less fortunate. It’s a great way to further show your commitment to professional excellence and the health of the public.