TALLAHASSEE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation announced today that it donated $561,000 last year – a 44% increase from $310,000 in 2016 – to improve oral health and access to care in Florida, focusing on underserved areas where many families and individuals have trouble accessing affordable dental care.
The grants, most of which ranged from $10,000 to $30,000, went to 35 Florida community dental clinics and programs. Two larger grants were awarded: $60,000 to Suncoast Community Health Centers, Inc., in Riverview and $68,152 to District Clinic Holdings, Inc., in Palm Springs.
The foundation is the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental Insurance Company, which covers more than 1.2 million people in Florida.
“Our foundation is increasing its efforts to promote oral health among those least able to afford dental care and to improve education and research to aid in those efforts in Florida and elsewhere,” said Kenneth Yale, DDS, J.D., Delta Dental’s chief clinical officer. “We’re very proud of this work and hope to build upon it.”
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 Insurance Company and its affiliated companies including Delta Dental of California, Delta Dental of New York, Inc., and Delta Dental of Pennsylvania. Together with our affiliate companies, Delta Dental Insurance Company 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.