GAGE Award Remarkable Project recipient, Somerville High School Dental Health Program

03/25/2019

The CHA Foundation in collaboration with the Department of Community Health Improvement and the Board Committee on Population Health was recently notified that CHA was selected as a Gage Award Remarkable Project recipient and would be featured at the VITAL2019 conference being held in June. CHA's project, School-based Dental Clinic: A Care Model for Immigrant Communities, is a volunteer-run partnership between CHA, Somerville High School, ForsythKids, and Harvard Dental School. With support from its partners, CHA established an in-school dental clinic in September of 2017 to provide students no-cost preventive dental care and referrals to no-cost restorative dental services. As of April 2018, more than 70 students received care in or were connected to care through the school-based clinic.

The prestigious Gage Awards program recognizes America’s Essential Hospitals members for successful improvement and change projects; spreads best practices and innovative programs to other organizations; and supports the association's research, policy, and advocacy work. Gage Awards for population health recognize programs that aim to improve specific health outcomes for a defined population or community by targeting the social and economic factors that influence health.