MECHANICSBURG, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation announced today that it donated $1.3 million last year – a 170 percent increase from $480,000 in 2016 – to improve oral health and access to dental care in Pennsylvania, focusing on underserved areas where many families and individuals have trouble accessing affordable dental care.
The foundation is the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Pennsylvania, which covers 2.4 million enrollees in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
The funds went to 40 Pennsylvania community dental clinics and several educational and research institutions and community groups, including a grant of $650,000 to the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine to add a mobile dental clinic to the PennSmiles Community Dental Care Program. Most dental clinic grants ranged from $10,000 to $70,000.
“Our driving purpose is to increase oral health education and access to care among those most in need in Pennsylvania and elsewhere,” said David E. Kilber, DDS, dental director at Delta Dental of Pennsylvania. “We’ll keep building upon our efforts so that we reach more and more communities.”
Overall, funding by the foundation last year totaled $9.6 million in 15 states and the District of Columbia, an increase from the prior year.
About the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation
The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Pennsylvania and its affiliated companies including Delta Dental of California, Delta Dental Insurance Company and Delta Dental of New York, Inc. Together with our affiliate companies, Delta Dental of Pennsylvania covers more than 35.4 million enrollees. All of our companies are members, or affiliates of members, of the Delta Dental Plans Association, a network of 39 Delta Dental companies that provides dental coverage to 75 million people in the U.S. The foundation’s mission is to increase access to quality dental care by providing funding and support to advance research, education and access to dental care across our 15-state service area plus the District of Columbia.