CONCORD — The Northeast Delta Dental Foundation recently awarded more than $91,000 to 12 oral health programs throughout New Hampshire. The Foundation supports organizations and initiatives in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont that provide oral health education and dental care to uninsured and underserved communities.
In support of dental clinics and care, the Foundation provided numerous grants including: $5,000 to the Friends of NH Drug Courts towards a dental care fund for program participants; $10,000 to Greater Seacoast Community Health for dental centers, a mobile health clinic and school-based oral health programs; $3,000 to Lakes Region Community Developers for their Adult Dental Care program; $38,300 to the Mid-State Health Center for a mobile dental van; and $5,000 to the Tri County Oral Health Care Initiative to support patients of a non-profit community dental center.
Grants awarded for in-school oral health programs included: $1,500 to Greater Derry Oral Health Collaborative for a preventive oral health care program; $5,000 to Concord Dental Sealant Coalition for a school-based dental sealant program; $5,000 to the Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health for preventive dental health care and education; and $5,000 to Milford School Dental Clinic for students’ restorative care.
The Foundation also awarded $1,000 to NH Children’s Trust for their Strengthening Families Summit; $5,000 to the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire for their Children’s Dental Health Month exhibit; and $7,500 to the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability for their NH Leadership Series – Increasing Access to Oral Health for Disabled Individuals.
“We are grateful to these organizations for promoting good oral health through dental care and educational programs,” explained Jennifer McGrath, Manager, Foundation & Marketing Initiatives, Northeast Delta Dental. “They enable the Foundation to put into practice its belief that everyone deserves a healthy smile.”