From 1930 when rural children in Michigan first received dental care at school as a result of MCHP to 2011 with dental therapists in Alaska, innovative approaches for improving dental health are rooted in partnership with communities.
In the last 80 years, new discoveries, technological improvements and social, political and economic shifts have changed the ways in which the Kellogg Foundation conducts its work. But the goal itself --improving the lives of America's most vulnerable children and families -- endures. And the community orientation that made the Kellogg Foundation's work distinctive from the outset remains central to its work today. In oral health, as in virtually every other aspect of the foundation's work over the past eight decades, local communities have been the impetus for innovation and the drivers of change.