Oral Health Development Program

The Center for Rural Health Development’s Oral Health Development Program is offered through a grant provided by the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health’s Oral Health Program and is operated in partnership with the West Virginia University School of Dentistry, West Virginia Dental Association and other partners.
The West Virginia Oral Health Program was developed to address the oral health development needs throughout West Virginia, especially in Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (DHPSA).  This grant will be available to dental practices throughout the state that participate in the Medicaid and/or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), with priority given to those practices that provide dental care to DHPSA communities and/or underserved populations.  Grants will be awarded through the Center for Rural Health Development, Inc. (Center).

Use of funds

Grant funds are available to support strengthened dental health capacity, such as equipment, technology, succession planning, building renovations, etc. Grant funds can be used to complement capital financing (i.e. loans) available through the Center and/or local banks. Grant funds may not be used for salaries, supplies, mobile or portable units. The typical grant will range from $5,000 to $30,000 although higher amounts could be considered.

Submission Guidelines


  • Practice must accept Medicaid and/or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) 
  • Priority will be given to practices that serve a Dental Health Professional Shortage Area (DHPSA) or underserved populations.

Grantee Obligations:

If a grant is awarded, the organization receiving the grant must provide semi-annual reporting on payor mix of the practice and number of patient visits. Grant funds must be used for the purposes of the grant as stated in the Grant Agreement.  Recipients will agree to a site visit by the Bureau for Public Health’s Workforce Coordinator and/or a member of the project’s Technical Assistance Team within the twelve (12) month period following receipt of the grant.

Grant Selection:

The grant review committee, under their complete and sole discretion, may select for award some, all, or none of the applications received under this competitive solicitation. The grant decisions of the grant review committee are final.

Please send completed applications to:

Center for Rural Health Development, Inc. 
Attention: Thomas White
75 Chase Drive
Hurricane, WV 25526

Or to email, please click here.

If you have any questons, please contact:

Thomas White
Oral Health Development Program Manager
Center for Rural Health Development, Inc.
(304) 397-4071, Ext. 103
email:  click here
  Julie Jackson, RDH
Workforce Coordinator
West Virginia Oral Health Program
(304) 356-4367
email:  click here



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