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, grants totaling $475,000 were awarded to 18 nonprofit 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 impact in Roanoke is $277,000, which includes:
- $2,500 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia for "Smart Smiles at the Dentist" program
- $15,000 to the Bradley Free Clinic for dental student support and digital imaging equipment upgrades
- $5,000 to CHIP of Roanoke Valley to launch "Begin with a Grin" program
- $4,500 to The Rescue Mission of Roanoke, Inc. for Fralin Clinic equipment
- $250,000 to the Virginia Tech-Carilion School of Medicine as part of 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.
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 Levicki, president and CEO of 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 has provided $3,653,000 to 44 Virginia nonprofit 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.
For a full list of 2016 grant recipients, click here.
Submitted by Nicole Hunnicutt