United Connecticut Action for Neighborhoods (UCAN) is one of three organizations selected to expand their health policy agenda to include advocacy for better dental health for low-income residents. CT Health’s Oral Health Advocacy and Leadership Initiative, a grant program of the foundation, seeks to expand oral health champions beyond traditional “teeth people,” or dental professionals.
UCAN is a grassroots advocacy organization with a focus on building powerful community organizations through which people solve problems and change structures that adversely affect their lives. Their current advocacy initiative, the Caring Families Coalition, has a distinguished track record of effecting change to public policy.
With this grant, UCAN will mobilize and engage 500 low-income consumers, and 50 leaders, in advocacy that focuses on access to quality, affordable dental health care.