The Kansas Initiative for New Dentists (KIND) was launched in 2012 as a program to assist dental school graduates with paying off student loans and providing other startup grants, while helping fulfill the need for dentists in rural Kansas communities. KIND is funded by the Delta Dental of Kansas (DDKS) Foundation and sponsored by the Kansas Dental Association (KDA).
KIND provides two $50,000 grants to dental school graduates who agree to start a practice in one of five designated “dental deserts”, or Kansas communities not served by a dentist within 20 miles. Dentists also agree to a minimum of three years in the community and to designate 35% of services to underserved patients.
Practicing in Rural Kansas (coming soon)