The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) Foundation has announced that it has been awarded a $95,000 grant from the Dental Assistants Foundation (DAF). According to a press release from the organization, the funding will be used in the areas of research, scholarship, and education for dental assistants in recognition of the critical role trained and motivated dental assistants play in ensuring the safety of the dental care environment for patients and providers of dental services.

The grant was given as a charitable contribution as part of the DAF dissolution plan. In awarding the grant, Ellen Landis, Chairman of DAF, said “The DAF recognizes the mission and goals of the OSAP Foundation to be in alignment with the DAF’s mission and goals as it applies to the education of dental assistants.” The grant was given in memory of Anna Nelson, CDA, RDA, MA, an advocate for advancing dental assistants’ understanding of, and compliance with, the guidelines, regulations, and best practices to prevent disease transmission in dental settings.

The OSAP Foundation will use the DAF grant to fund a comprehensive safety education, scholarship, and research program geared toward dental assistants. The goal will be to underscore the importance of dental assistants, particularly in regard to the part they contribute to infection control. Specifically, the program will support dental assistants who serve—or want to serve—as the infection control coordinator in their practice setting.

“The OSAP Foundation is particularly excited to announce this grant during Dental Infection Control Awareness Month,” says Executive Director Therese Long. “OSAP is focusing on the Infection Control Coordinator this month and is offering multiple free resources to support this important member of the dental team. We are anxious to further advance these efforts through this new grant and by leveraging our partnerships and resources.”