ROANOKE, Va. (Jan. 28, 2016) -- Smiles across Virginia will be brighter and healthier in 2016 thanks to the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation and 18 organizations committed to improving oral health in the Commonwealth. In December 2015, grants totaling $475,000 were awarded to 18, 501(c)(3), tax exempt organizations whose work will positively improve the oral health of Virginians through education and access to care for the under or uninsured.
The grant impact in Williamsburg includes:
• $5,000 to Lackey Free Clinic for dental supplies
• $5,000 to Olde Towne Medical & Dental Center for sterilization equipment and other dental supplies
The Foundation works to fulfill its mission of improving Virginians' oral and, thus, whole body health through a community-based approach, providing grants to local organizations.
"Our challenge is to make the biggest impact on improving oral health for the underserved," said George A. Levicki, president and CEO, Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation. "By providing much needed funding, local organizations can focus more time and effort on delivering oral health education and care to our most vulnerable citizens."
Since its creation in 2012, the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation provided $3,653,000 to 44 Virginia non-profit organizations. In 2014, grant recipients delivered dental care to 96,349 children and 67,977 adults who had previously been unable to afford or access care.
Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) received a $1 million grant paid over three years to establish dental safety net organizations in communities where access to dental care is lacking. VHCF funded the establishment of seven dental safety net clinics in localities that had none, and the expansion of three smaller dental safety net operations in three other localities. In all, these clinics have provided dental treatment to more than 5,800 patients.
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry received a $500,000 grant paid over four years for dental scholarships to address the shortage of dental professionals. Seventeen dental students benefitted from the scholarships so far.
Virginia Tech-Carilion School of Medicine received a $1 million grant paid over four years to endow the Oral Health Teaching curriculum; 207 medical students have been through the program to date. VTC School of Medicine was the first in the nation to provide an extensive oral health component for its students through its innovative partnership with the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation.
2016 Grant Recipients: http://deltadentalva.com/ddvafoundation.aspx.
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