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The Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation is excited to announce the first series of grants under our new strategy to enhance our focus on making a greater impact on the most critical oral health needs in our communities. We’re humbled to be able to provide nearly $500,000 to the following organizations that are helping create healthy smiles across Virginia.
The Bland Ministry Center and Dental Clinic aids Southwest Virginia’s underserved population by providing food, clothing and other services, including dental care. The grant awarded to the clinic will go toward a school-based dental program to establish a dental home for children and help eradicate childhood cavities in Bland and Wythe Counties. Students will be screened and treated in school or referred to the main clinic for more complex treatments, helping to eliminate the barrier to access to care that prevents many of these under or uninsured children from receiving the care they need.
CHIP of Roanoke Valley's vision is that every child will have equal access to health care and enter school ready to learn. They strive to fulfill that vision by providing healthcare services and community resources to underserved children and their families in the Roanoke Valley. Through this grant, CHIP will partner with New Horizons Healthcare to provide integrated dental and medical care to enrolled CHIP families through care coordination, support services (including transportation) and oral health education.
Community Health Center of New River Valley serves uninsured individuals, as well as those with Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance. Dental services are available to all patients, regardless of their insurance status. The grant awarded will help fund the center’s school-based dental program, which will expand access to dental services for low-income children in Giles and Pulaski Counties.
The CrossOver Healthcare Ministry provides high-quality, compassionate healthcare to uninsured and medically underserved patients in Central Virginia. Their dental program offers an array of dental services and helps patients better understand the connection between oral and overall health. The grant awarded will help provide dental services to diabetic and other high-risk patients and further train staff to deliver high quality, culturally-competent oral health education and care.
The Eastern Shore Rural Health System provides medical, dental, and behavioralhealth care, along with other support services, to the Eastern Shore community, regardless of income. The health system services the community through four medical centers and five dental locations. The grant awarded will help staff a dental hygienist for the Eastville Community Health Center location, which will help ensure high demand dental services are available to low-income families on the Eastern Shore.
The Lucy Corr Foundation, a continuing care retirement community in Chesterfield County, works tirelessly to enhance the lives of its residents and their families, and to help meet the needs of the seniors in the community. Its dental clinic provides free dental services to its residents and community members who are uninsured and unable to afford dental care. The grant awarded to the Lucy Corr Foundation will help fund the planning of a dental program for the Hispanic elderly population.