The awards focused on groups pursuing innovative approaches to reducing barriers to care and prioritized those that could demonstrate strong local collaboration.
“Our foundation took a new approach this year, shifting focus toward providing larger, more substantive grants to a fewer number of organizations,” said Polly Raible, Delta Dental of Virginia’s corporate responsibility manager.
“Through these larger grants, we are making significant investments in organizations and programs that have great potential to meet the needs of Virginians,” said Raible.
Organizations receiving grants include:
- The Community Health Center of the New River Valley ($100,000)
- Child Health Investment Partnership/New Horizons Healthcare ($85,000)
- Bland Ministry Center ($100,444)
- Eastern Shore Rural Health Center ($92,000)
- Lucy Corr Foundation ($22,000)
- CrossOver Healthcare Ministry ($100,000)
“Virginia’s dental safety-net clinics are on the front lines of recognizing, treating, and preventing oral diseases for those who are uninsured or underinsured,” said Frank Lucia, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Virginia.
“We are increasing support to organizations that are committed to innovative and collaborative approaches to eliminating barriers to care, and we are proud to play a small role in improving the health of Virginians,” said Lucia.
Grant funding this year will support increases in staffing and resources, expanded access and services for high-risk patients, and the development of school-based programs to help eradicate childhood dental diseases, particularly in rural areas of the state.