Foundation grants $750,000 to oral health services | News


Glendale-based Delta Dental of Arizona, through its foundation, has selected 29 nonprofit organizations across the state as recipients of grants and dental supplies to improve the oral health of Arizonans.

These funds, totaling $752,423, were awarded to support projects and services that promote good oral health practices and improve access to dental care for underserved children, pregnant women and seniors. throughout 2022.

“While progress has been made to improve overall oral health in Arizona, the fact remains that not all Arizonans have equal access to dental care,” said Michael Jones, President and Chief director of Delta Dental of Arizona and president of the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation.

“Through these grants, a significant investment in programs across our state, Delta Dental is working to improve access to oral health care and education.”

Grants were awarded through two funding categories: Community Grants and IMPACT Grants.

Community grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000, as well as dental supplies as needed, were presented to 26 Arizona nonprofits, including:

• A new sheet

• Arizona Dental Foundation

• Boys and Girls Clubs of the Valley

• Phoenix Children’s Museum

• Coconino County Cooperative Extension

• Dental lifeline network

• Senita Desert Dental Center

• Dignity Health Foundation –

Eastern Valley

• Flagstaff Medical Center Children’s Health Center

• Gila County Health and Emergency Management

• Great Arizona Puppet Theater

• Live and Learn Program

• Marana Healthcare

• Mountain Park Health Center

• National Kidney Foundation of Arizona

• North Country Health Care

• Northern Arizona Council of Gov. Head Start Program.

• Phoenix rescue mission

• River Cities United Way

• The seniors of Patagonia

• Human development of the South West

• Sun Life Family Health Center

• Sunset Community Health Center

• United Community Health Center

• Valleywise Health Foundation

• Verde Valley Medical Center

In 2020, Delta Dental launched its IMPACT Grant Program awarding organizations two-year grants totaling $100,000 each, with $50,000 awarded each year. The nonprofits invited to apply for these grants provide oral health services and education to more than 650 children, pregnant women, or seniors and have a proven track record of tax and reporting responsibility.

The IMPACT 2022-23 recipients are:

The Esperança Oral Health Education Program in Arizona, which educates children in Title I schools and various daycares throughout the Valley on the importance of good daily hygiene practices, proper brushing techniques / flossing and the need for routine dental visits. Esperança provides each participant with a Smile Bag containing an age-appropriate toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss, as well as referrals to dental providers who offer discounted/free dental care.

Tooth BUDDS, which is a group of affiliated dental hygienists who serve children in Graham and Greenlee counties by providing dental screenings, dental cleanings, sealants, fluoride varnishes and silver diamine fluoride applications without fees at the school location.

El Rio Health Center’s Pediatric Dental Onboarding Program expands direct dental screening, polishing and oral health education during children’s medical visits by embedding dental hygiene teams in five El Rio clinics Health in Tucson.

“In addition to our grant program, we form strategic partnerships with organizations in Arizona that share our desire to improve lives and promote optimal oral health,” Jones said.

“Delta Dental partners with ATSU Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, Banner University Medical Center, Pacific Dental Services Foundation Dentists for Special Needs, St. Vincent de Paul, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Northern Arizona University College of Dental Hygiene, to name a few, to provide underserved communities with oral health education, oral disease prevention and access to dental care, because we believe everyone deserves a healthy smile.


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