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2017 DTA Foundation grant recipient McMillen Health piloted an oral health messaging program for children ages 3-5, through a partnership with Pine Ridge Head Start in South Dakota. This pilot program used text messaging and animated videos to emphasize the importance of oral health for Tribal Head Start children. This was just one of the many programs and resrouces McMillen Health offers. Another resource is their Happy Teeth book, teaching children about oral health. McMillen Health has recently translated the book into Lakota, so families can have the resource in their native langauge...

Thank you to the nearly 60 companies and individuals who donated to the 2019 Fund-A-Future Paddle Raiser event to fund our 2020 Scholarship program. We raised $185,585.  More than any previous year thanks to our generous scholarship donors.

Be on the lookout in the next couple of months for a fresh new look on the DTA Foundation’s website. Today’s websites should be clean, simple, and easy to navigate. The Foundation is moving to a newer look to accomplish just that!

The Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation is the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation Inaugural Legacy Founder’s Circle donor with a $1 million endowment to the DTA Foundation.

The Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation initially established a restricted fund in 2009 to support the efforts of the DTA Foundation. This restricted fund was designed to recognize outstanding dental students who have high academics, financial need, and a strong commitment to community service.

The DTA Foundation held both of their annual fundraisers, the Silent Auction and Fund-A-Future Paddle Raiser, on the closing night of the 2019 DTA Annual Meeting bringing in more than $230,000 for the Foundation.

Through the generous support of our donors, the DTA Foundation is proud to announce a new $25,000 dental student scholarship, in addition to eight new $10,000 scholarships, and up to 29 $5,000 dental student scholarships, to be awarded in 2020.

The DTA Foundation is excited to announce a new partnership with the Santa Fe Group.  Two of the ten 2020 grants will be awarded as the new DTA Foundation – Santa Fe Group Oral Health Innovation Scholars grant.

The Dental Trade Alliance has earned a 2019 ASAE Power of A Gold Award for its Ignite Innovation in Oral Health Care initiative, a member grant program enabling the organization to award funds to innovative oral health pilot projects around the country.

The DTA Foundation is proud to announce its 2019 grant recipients. Each year the foundation awards $25,000 grants to help fund innovative pilot projects designed to improve oral health care across the nation. Please join us in congratulating the ten 2019 DTA Foundation Grant Recipients. 


Vermont Technical College wants to help educate dental therapists and expand access to oral health care in Maine. This program will bring enormous benefits to patients thanks to your generous donations funding a $25,000 DTA Foundation grant.

Recently, we sat down with Vermont Technical College Dental Therapy Program Director Cheyanne E. Warren to find out more about the program and how others can implement a similar one.