CHICAGO, Ill., USA: The Foundation for Endodontics, the philanthropic arm of the American Association of Endodontists, and U.S. Endo Partners are launching the Foundation for Endodontics’ & U.S. Endo Partners’ Domestic Access to Care Program.
The new program will aid endodontic specialists in providing free access to important endodontic care to underserved patients within the United States, according to a press release. In addition to providing a high level of care to communities that otherwise might never have the option, the foundation believes this program’s work will ignite the spirit of philanthropy among endodontists across the nation while increasing public awareness of endodontics. Ultimately, the foundation looks forward to improving the overall health and quality of life of the patients who will receive this care, the press release said.
Access to care was added to the Foundation for Endodontics’ mission in 2016 to support its work to save natural teeth for all through the efforts of endodontic specialists. Three full years after establishing an international program, the foundation is pleased to announce an opportunity for endodontists to positively impact their communities domestically. The foundation believes every endodontist has the capacity to make a difference is proud to empower endodontic specialists to serve patients and spread goodwill, the press release said.
The new funding opportunity’s application will become available in April 2021. AAE members who are endodontists are eligible to apply for funding to be used to support free access to free endodontic care. Applicants who submit a proposal detailing a well-designed project plan inclusive of how and where it will serve their community will be reviewed for funding. It is the foundation’s hope that these local initiatives will improve communities and spread the philanthropic spirit that the foundation embraces in its work.
The foundation is delighted to have the support of U.S. Endo Partners, a management services group that partners with top tier endodontists throughout the United States to collaborate and grow their practices, the press release said. U.S. Endo Partners is generously supporting the new Domestic Access to Care Program in full with a monetary commitment from 2021 — 2025. U.S. Endo Partners’ enthusiastic support has made this program possible.
“Since day one of starting our company, elevating patient care and the specialty of endodontics have been our top priorities,” said Dr. Kirk A. Coury, founding partner of U.S. Endo Partners and past treasurer of the Foundation for Endodontics. “Giving our support to this initiative was a very easy choice to make. By partnering with the Foundation for Endodontics, we are providing everyone in our country, particularly the underserved, the opportunity to save their teeth and experience just how life-changing that can be. Everyone wins: Our specialty, endodontists, but most importantly, our patients.”
As an expansion of its mission-focused work, the foundation is honored to offer this new opportunity for highly trained endodontic specialists to serve communities in need, the press release said. Not only is root canal treatment safe and effective, but it can also lead to better overall health. There are also countless practical reasons why saving the natural tooth is a wise choice. Endodontic treatment helps patients maintain their natural smile, continue eating the foods they love and limits the need for ongoing dental work. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime.
“The new AAE program will be a game changer,” said Dr. Juheon Seung, chair of the foundation’s Special Committee on Outreach. “With this funding we will be able to bring highest level of specialist level care to underserved communities, which wouldn’t have happened otherwise. There are a lot of great socially conscious endodontists who want to help with our specialized skills, but who haven’t had the resources to make a difference on a scale that will have significant impact.”
Visit aae.org/foundation/AccessUSA to learn more about this program or to apply.
(Source: Foundation for Endodontics)