Congrats to HELI Alum Dr. Ashley Munger!

We’re delighted to congratulate HELI 2016 alum Ashley Munger, PhD, on her recent grant award!

California State University, Los Angeles has been awarded a $16.6 million grant from the California Department of Health Care Services to promote dental health among underserved populations in Los Angeles. Cal State LA is one of 15 recipients of the Local Dental Pilot Project funding, which is part of the Medi-Cal 2020 Dental Transformation Initiative.

The goals of the state initiative include increasing access to oral health care, identifying and treating dental disease, as well as incentivizing continuity of care for children enrolled in Denti-Cal. Denti-Cal provides dental services under Medi-Cal to approximately 6 million children in California. The grant is believed to be the largest in Cal State LA’s history.

Dr. Munger, Assistant Professor of Child and Family Studies at Cal State LA, is the Associate Director/Co-Principal Investigator of this project along with Rita Ledesma, who is Associate Dean of Diversity and Student Engagement in the Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services at Cal State LA. The Cal State LA team will implement educational and intervention strategies to support oral health.

Read more about the grant award via Cal State LA Communications.

Congratulations, Dr. Munger! Good luck with this important and impressive initiative!


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