October 5, 2018

$225K MedTapp Grant Awarded to College of Dentistry and Case Western's School of Dentistry

Lewis Claman, DDS, MS
Denise Kissell, BSDH, MPH

The College of Dentistry and Case Western Reserve University's School of Dentistry recently received a $225K grant from the State of Ohio's Department of Medicaid (ODM) and the Medicaid Technical Assistance and Policy Program (MedTAPP). 

The grant will be shared jointly by the college and Case Western as the two institutions collaborate on initiatives to support "dental provider training on tobacco cessation counseling" through the "development of tobacco cessation training resources for practicing dental professionals."

According to the ODM, Ohio's dentists who provide care to recipients of Medicaid services have the opportunity to play a role in promoting healthy lifestyles and helping to prevent incidents of oral cancer by incorporating tobacco cessation counseling and referral services into their practices.

The College of Dentistry's principal investigators for the grant are Lewis Claman, DDS, MS, an Emeritus Associate Professor in the Division of Periodontology, and Denise Kissell, BSDH, MPH, an Assistant Professor-Practice in the Division of Dental Hygiene.