Altarum Institute Wins Innovation Award to Promote Oral Health Among Michigan’s At-Risk Children

May 28, 2014

ANN ARBOR, MI – Altarum Institute has received an award of $9.4 million from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to reduce the burden of childhood dental disease in Michigan. The award is focused on children aged 0–17 enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Combined, these two insurance programs cover nearly half of Michigan’s children.

The award was 1 of 12 announced last week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as part of the Health Care Innovation Program. This highly competitive program provides grants to applicants to test the most compelling new ideas to advance health, improve care, and lower costs of health care delivery.

Altarum, in collaboration with the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Delta Dental of Michigan, and the Michigan Department of Community Health will work together to improve the oral health of more than 1 million children across the state.

Building on our growing portfolio of efforts to improve care appropriateness, this 3-year project will better target preventive services to high-risk children, improve the referral pathways between primary care and dentistry, and put in place a statewide dental quality monitoring program using recently validated American Dental Association measures.

“While many young children make it to the doctor, considerably fewer make it to see their dentist,” said Dan Armijo, Altarum Vice President. “We hope to change that and improve the outcome for Michigan’s at-risk children.”

“This innovation award, our second from CMS, really underscores the pioneering work being done across the Institute,” said Linc Smith, Altarum’s President and CEO.

For more information about Altarum, please visit or see our project work.

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Altarum Institute ( integrates objective research and client-centered consulting skills to deliver comprehensive, systems-based solutions that improve health and health care. Altarum employs over 450 individuals and is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with additional offices in Portland, Maine, and the Washington, D.C., area.


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