Summary of Request: ULSD requests funding in the amount of $353,464 from the U.S. Department of HHS/HRSA, HIV/AIDS Bureau, Community Based Dental Partnership Program’s (CBDPP) New and Competing Continuation application. The goals of ULSD/CBDPP are: 1) to provide access to quality oral health care throughout 120 counties in Kentucky for low-income, underserved, and uninsured persons living with HIV and parts of southern Indiana; 2) to increase the number of oral health providers capable of managing the dental needs of persons living with HIV(PLWH). ULSD administers the Richard L. Miller Oral Health Clinic (Miller Clinic) in Elizabethtown, KY 42701 and is the primary community based service delivery site for ULSD-CBDPP. Hands-on training for dental and hygiene students, and dental residents that provide comprehensive oral health care for PLWH takes place five days a week at Miller Clinic. ULSD collaborates with each of the four (4) Ryan White (RW) Part C outpatient medical clinics in Kentucky and the seven (7) RW Kentucky Care Coordinator Programs (KCCP), AIDS Community Based Organizations and Family Health Centers, Inc. to provide outreach and referral to oral health care and linkage to medical care. Target Population(s): CBDPP’s service area consists of the underserved metropolitan areas of Louisville (Locally, black, indigenous people of color (BIPOC) and other minorities only make up 30% of the population in Louisville but are the largest poverty group in the city. This group also makes up most of the population in the west and south portions of the city, both being medically underserved areas) as well as all remaining counties throughout Kentucky and southern Indiana. According to Kentucky epidemiological data, specific populations that are emerging in Kentucky are young Black MSM, Latinos and Latinas. These populations have increased in both incidence and prevalence in over the past 5 years. The target population for the ULSD/CBDPP includ
es all PLWH residing in Kentucky and southern Indiana that lack dental services based on social barriers and economic status. ULSD is the only recipient of a RW CBDPP grant in Kentucky and southern Indiana. Problem: The principal problems and unmet needs of PLWH in Kentucky and southern Indiana to be addressed are the lack of access to patient centered, comprehensive dental care, transportation, and filling a need of access to education and training about HIV/AIDS for community oral health providers. ULSD/CBDPP is the only provider of comprehensive oral health care for PLWH, without regard to income in Kentucky.