Child smiling, holding toothbrush, with dentist in backgroundNational and state
recognition for ABCD

Pew Center on the States recognizes the ABCD program as a “proven strategy that can help policy makers prevent these consequences and deliver a strong return on taxpayers’ investment. (2010)

Children’s Defense Fund recognizes ABCD as an effective program to address children’s health disparities in a Children’s Defense Fund report. (2006)

The Benton-Franklin Community Health Alliance receives Washington Health Foundation’s “Heroes of Health Care” Healthy Systems Award, which includes recognition of the work done by their ABCD Program. (2006)

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation names the ABCD program as one of three innovative oral health models nationally.  (The study examined community-based activities across the country intended to improve the oral health of vulnerable populations.)  (2005)

Oral Health America gives ABCD an “A” grade in its 2005 report titled “A for Effort”.  By receiving an “A” grade for ABCD, Washington is one of eight states earning top grades for improving oral health. (2005)

The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) selects ABCD as one of their “best state practices.” Thirty-nine states submitted 116 descriptions of successful dental public health practices to the ASTDD Best Practices Project.  (2004)

The Washington Health Foundation gives ABCD the “Heroes of Health Care” award for collaboration. (2003)

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry names ABCD a “best practice”. The Academy, under a three-year HRSA grant, sought programs that use resources efficiently and are culturally competent, replicable, integrated and sustainable. (2001)