Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation Recognized for $130,000 in Grant Support to the Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation

Funds support oral health education, training and treatments for families at Northern Arizona Healthcare hospitals  

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (May 24, 2018) - The Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation today recognized the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation, headquartered in Glendale, Arizona, for supporting children and families in northern Arizona with education, training, and treatments for oral health with cumulative donations totaling more than $130,000 since 2013. 

The donations support programs delivered through the hospitals of Northern Arizona Healthcare:

  • Since 2013, the Foundation has supported Verde Valley Medical Center’s Healthy Families program with oral health education and training for families enrolled in the program.
  • Since 2014, the Foundation has supported Flagstaff Medical Center’s Children’s Health Center with the purchase of electric toothbrush kits and fluoride varnish for children who, due to medical conditions, cannot use a manual toothbrush.

Approximately 40 percent of preschoolers in Arizona have tooth decay. Among the more rural, economically disadvantaged populations in northern Arizona, the number is even higher. “Dental problems are a priority health issue for both children and adults. When simple dental problems go untreated, this can lead to more serious health conditions. The systemic impact of oral health is significant,” said Cristine Currie, Director of Population Health Management at Northern Arizona Healthcare. “So, prevention really is the best medicine.”

“We are grateful for our long-standing relationship with the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation, and its commitment to support the healthcare needs of families in northern Arizona,” said Rick Smith, President and CEO of the Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation. It has made a real difference by providing funding for education, training, and treatments that support the important oral health needs of the people of our region.” 

About Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation
Founded in 1997, the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation is the charitable arm of Delta Dental of Arizona, the dental benefits company. Its mission is to improve oral health, particularly for underserved and uninsured groups and communities. Since 2006, the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation has provided more than $13 million in community benefit support for oral health promotion and dental disease prevention programs across the state. For more information on the Foundation, please visit  

About the Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation
The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to generating funds to support Northern Arizona Healthcare and healthcare-focused nonprofits in northern Arizona to improve the lives of the region’s residents. Visit or for more information.


About the Healthy Families Program
Verde Valley Medical Center’s Healthy Families Program is a free and voluntary home visitation program serving pregnant women and families of newborns, designed to facilitate family bonding and empower parents with knowledge during the critical first years of a child’s life. 

About the Children’s Health Center
Flagstaff Medical Center’s Children’s Health Center is an outpatient clinic providing children’s rehabilitative services, specialty clinics, audiology services, and the Safe Child Center for abused children.

To learn more about the programs and services offered by Northern Arizona Healthcare, visit