The Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation of Sherwood approved over $200,000 worth of grants to be awarded to dental clinics and organizations across the state. The Foundation grants will touch many lives across Arkansas by improving dental care access, replacing dilapidated equipment and even providing dental care to heart transplant patients who otherwise may not have been able to receive their new heart.
The 15 grant recipients include two organizations in North Little Rock: River City Ministry and the Pulaski Technical College Foundation. River City Ministry serves underserved Arkansans in central Arkansas by providing daily meals, social services and medical and dental services. Through a $21,000 grant from the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation, River City Ministry will be able to purchase needed supplies and equipment to continue to serve patients in need of dental care.
A $20,000 grant to the Pulaski Technical College Foundation will purchase essential equipment for the dental assisting program. The grant will fund the costs of a digital radiography unit and a pediatric manikin. "Updated equipment will help ensure dental assistant students are more productive, confident and efficient once they graduate and enter the work field," says Kelly Caldwell, Manager of Communications and the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation.
Delta Dental of Arkansas strives to make dental insurance affordable so every Arkansan has the opportunity to get the dental care they need. However, there are still many Arkansans who are uninsured and many who live in underserved areas without access to dental care. As the leading dental benefits provider in Arkansas, Delta Dental is aware of these needs and will continue to seek out new opportunities that will make a significant impact in improving the dental health of all Arkansans.
Delta Dental of Arkansas is the state’s leading dental insurance provider.
"While insurance is our business, improving oral health is our mission. We believe that everyone deserves a healthy smile which is why the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation supports a number of programs designed to improve the dental health of Arkansans. As a not-for-profit corporation, we contribute over $1 million annually to dental education, prevention and treatment initiatives," reads Dental Dental’s website.
Some of the causes supported by Dental Dental include:
Scholarships for dental students;
Dental school loan repayment program for dentists who practice in underserved areas;
Dental school renovations at the University of Tennessee and Louisiana State University which secured placement of 16 additional Arkansas dental students;
Renovations to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for a new dental clinic and dental residency program;
Funding for equipment to fluoridate Arkansas water systems;
Annual sponsor for the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement;
Annual contribution to Arkansas Children’s Hospital to fund dental clinic operations, three mobile dental clinics, the dental sealant program and oral health literacy efforts;
Annual contribution to the Arkansas Mission of Mercy to provide free dental care to those in need;
Annual contributions to charity dental clinics across the state bringing much needed dental treatment to individuals who can’t afford care.