As the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and that is absolutely true when it comes to oral health. The Foundation strives to push prevention to the forefront and is developing programs and partnerships to help give Virginians the tools they need to stay healthy.
In order to encourage students to drink more water and cut back on sugary drinks, the Foundation offers a limited number of water bottle filling stations to Virginia schools each year. Both the installation and the stations are paid for by the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation. To promote the use of water bottle filling stations, the Foundation is partnering with the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY) and the Y Street program.
At this time the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation is accepting applications from the twenty-three schools participating in Y Street. A larger call for proposals will likely take place in the fall of 2021.
The Fallon Park neighborhood in the southeast area of Roanoke, Virginia has some of the poorest health conditions in the region. Almost 75% of students in the neighborhood are living in low income conditions or are below poverty level. Committed founding partners and community leaders – Delta Dental of Virginia, Carilion Clinic, Freedom First, Roanoke City Public Schools and The Roanoke Women’s Foundation – are working to improve health conditions in this community by creating an integrated system of care at Fallon Park Elementary School. The Fallon Park Community Health Center will provide access to high-quality health care and coordinated services to address the root causes of poor health.
The hope is to have the clinic up and running during the 2021-22 school year. Updates will be posted on this site periodically, so please check back often.