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, the DDP strives to close the gap on unmet dental needs, improve health literacy, connect patients to a dental home and link families to resources in their local community.
To date, over 1,500 patients have received services from volunteer dentists at events across New York State.
Current DDP Activity
(updated February 25, 2022)
- 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.
The successful pilot project funded by the DDP has led to the creation of a permanent Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) position centered on community engagement for the underserved.
- Partnership with New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
Dental residents will be providing individualized remote tele-dental screenings requested by the caregivers of 62 developmentally disabled students. In concert with the Second District Dental Society’s Give Kids A Smile event held in February 2022, this collaborative project links teachers, caregivers and dental providers in an effort to connect disabled students to dental services in NYC.
- Partnership with NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi
A dental health fair screening will take place in-person on March 30, 2022 (rain date, March 31). This community event will engage all age groups in an effort to identify dental disease, promote oral health education and connect patients to hospital and community resources. The Tooth Fairy is expected to make an appearance to deliver oral hygiene supplies and prizes to the participants!
“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.