Glendale, Ariz. - January 29, 2016 - With an unwavering commitment to ensuring access to oral health education and preventive dental care, especially for children, the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation proudly announces its 2016 annual grant awards. Nearly $600,000 is being distributed to 34 Arizona community groups focusing on helping high-risk children and families, pregnant mothers, safety net clinics, community health centers, oral health education, dental health awareness programs and oral health coalitions.
“The Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation is focusing its efforts this year on improving the oral health of expectant mothers and their families, which is key as we know that lack of dental care can lead to dire health and financial consequences,” said Sandi Perez, executive director, Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation. “These 34 organizations across our state are making a huge impact and we are extremely proud to be able to support them in their efforts to keep Arizona families healthy.”
Grants range from $2,000 to $50,000 and support a broad array of preventive services, including dental health care for homeless pregnant women served by Maggie’s Place; a home visiting program assisting at-risk families administered by the Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood; a mobile dental van providing cleanings and fluoride treatments to uninsured children in the Isaac Elementary School District; and preventive dental services for children at Sunset Community Health Clinic in Yuma. Three additional groups also received supply grants to help distribute toothbrushes, dental floss and other needed oral health items for at-risk populations.
For a complete list of 2016 grant recipients, visit our grant recipients page.
Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation grants are offered annually, with applications due each fall and awarded early the next year. An annual awards luncheon celebrating the growing numbers of organizations supporting the oral health needs of the community was held on January 29, at the Tempe Center for the Arts where awardees received their funds from the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation.
About Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation
Founded in 1997, the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation is a nonprofit organization that exists to promote oral health and prevent dental disease in children and youth through age 18, with a particular emphasis in underserved and uninsured communities. Since its inception, the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation has provided more than $7 million in community grants to oral health promotion and dental disease prevention programs in Arizona. For more information on the Foundation, please visit deltadentalaz.com/foundation