The oral health grants program is a vital component of the health care system, providing grants to local governments and community health centers to help with the health needs of those living in underserved areas.
In addition to providing grants, the program provides support to dental hygienists and other professionals in helping prevent dental decay.
The program was created by the Health Ministry in 2002 and is administered by the National Office for Oral Health and Health Promotion.
According to the Ministry, the oral health program has provided grants to over 1,000 community and health centers, covering approximately 7 million Israelis.
More than 3,000 of these community centers received an award from the program last year.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare, which oversees the program, said that the programs focus on health and social development, particularly for women and girls, and help those living with diseases.
The grant, however, does not cover medical expenses for oral health care.
The grants are intended to assist the oral hygiene community, as well as health and cultural organizations, and those who work with the oral system, said Dr. Avi Cohen, director of the department of oral health at Bar Ilan University in Jerusalem.
The grant program is administered under the Ministry of Public Health and has an estimated budget of over 1 billion shekels ($3.6 million).
Cohen said that although the grants are aimed at the dental health sector, the programs also support other health sectors, including education and community development.
The National Office of Oral Health said that while the program is aimed at dentists, the grants also support others who work in oral health such as hygicians, dental assistants, and dentists.
According a government statement, the grant program has been implemented in several cities and villages across Israel.
The ministry said the program has also been expanded to support the health system, especially for women, in areas where the population is underrepresented.
According, the dental program was established in 2002 under the supervision of the Ministry for Public Health, which has been responsible for coordinating the health and dental services in the state.