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2017 Grantees

ADELANTE HEALTH CARE
adeltantehealthcare.com
$20,000.00 – Adeltante Smiles
Grant and Program Contact: Andrea Gonzales, Dental Practice Administrator

“Adelante Smiles” promotes good oral health and prevents dental disease in children and youth, with emphasis in underserved and uninsured communities. Children are referred to “Adelante Smiles” through Adelante Healthcare’s pediatric providers, WIC, and additional social service organizations including services to children and youth of migrant workers. The oral health services offered through the proposed program includes a full mouth series of x-rays, a cleaning, fluoride varnish application, and dental sealants. During the dental visit, children along with their parent/guardian will be surveyed to access their current oral health knowledge and receive hands-on oral health education and supplies. By offering dental services, oral health education, medical care, and social services assistance at Adelante Healthcare locations, we are able to provide comprehensive health services to our pediatric patients.

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ARIZONA ORAL HEALTH COALITION
aachc.org
$15,000.00 – Arizona Oral Health Coalition (AZ Assoc. of Comm. Health Centers is the fiduciary agent)
Grant Contact: Zeena Hasan, Grants and Contracts Manager
Program Contact: Jan Grutzius, Oral Health Program Manager

Arizona Oral Health Coalition will utilize funding to design a coalition website and fund staff to manage the coalition. The staff will work to engage all 23 community health centers across Arizona in this statewide coalition, and develop accessible training and educational materials for the primary care workforce, consumers and other stateholders on Best Practices in oral health prevention services and treatment.

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BOYS/GIRLS CLUBS OF METRO PHOENIX
bgcmp.org
$20,000.00 – I.G. Homes Children’s Dental Clinic
Grant Contact: Patrick DeLeon, Grants & Technical Writer
Program Contact: Bridget McDonald, Vice President of Club Operations

The Children's Dental Clinic is a stand-alone facility adjacent to a Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix Branch. The Clinic provides comprehensive oral health services to low-income, uninsured Valley children aged 5-18. The program is executed by two Dentists, two Dental Assistants, a Front Office Coordinator, and a rotating team of dental interns and dental hygiene students for which the Clinic collaborates with Phoenix College and A.T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health (ASDOH). Funding from DDAZF would be used to compensate the Clinic's passionate, talented, and dedicated staff, as well as its lead Dentist who specializes in preventive and diagnostic care. In 2016-2017, the Clinic will serve 850 unduplicated patients, and provide free screenings and referrals to 500 youth throughout Phoenix and the West Valley.

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CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF PHOENIX
childmusephx.org
$10,000.00 – Back to School Dental Hygiene Program
Grant Contact: Debra Paine, Director of Development
Program Contact: Kelley Fitzsimmons, Director of Education & Programs

Back to School Program promotes dental health education to children and their families who visit the Museum from July 1-August 12, 2017. We propose to provide the following programming/services as part of our "Back to School":

  • Art Programming: During this time frame, roughly 22,000 children and their family members will be exposed to dental hygiene-themed art projects in our Art Studio, classrooms and at periodic "pop-up" programs throughout the Museum.
  • Entertainment: Roughly 5,600 individuals will attend 20 oral health-themed magic shows offered between July 1 and August 12.
  • Dental Supplies: During this time frame, we will distribute a Smile Bags to 100 educators who visit on Educator Day. The teachers, in turn, will give out the Smile Bags to their students - reaching roughly 3,000 children.

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CHIRICAHUA COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER
cchci.org
$20,000.00 – : Integrated Oral Health Services
Grant Contact: Susan Lange, Director of Community Programs
Program Contact: Lori Faccio, Dental Health Center Manager

Funds from the grant will be used to increase access to preventive dental health services at two of our pediatric clinics located in Douglas and in Sierra Vista. We would like to embed a dental hygienist into our medical practices at both of these locations so that children, who are primarily uninsured or underinsured, live at or below the poverty level, or who have special needs, can receive oral health instruction, screening, education, sealants and varnishes as part of their medical visit. To accomplish this, we will purchase two mobile dental delivery systems that are specific to the needs of a dental hygienist. We anticipate that our dental hygienist will be able to see 12 children, one day a week, in both Douglas and Sierra Vista (for a total of 24 children a week) over a period of 52 weeks resulting in 1200 children receiving dental services.

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DESERT SENITA COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER
desertsenita.org
$20,000.00 – Preventive Oral Health for a Brighter Tommorow
Grant and Program Contact: Dr. Jennifer Lim, Dental Director

Desert Senita Dental Center (DSDC) plans to continue to travel to schools in Gila Bend and Ajo, where there is little to no access to dental care, to provide screenings and fluoride varnish treatments/silver diamine fluoride treatments for approximately 300 children ages 0 through age 18. DSDC plans to teach oral hygiene instruction to children and their teachers, refer the children back to the office for sealants and cleanings, as necessary, and distribute Smile Bags.

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DIGNITY HEALTH EAST VALLEY
dignityhealth.org
$20,000.00 – Dignity Health Children’s Dental Clinic
Grant Contact: Laurel Vetsch, Grants Manager
Program Contact: Diana Wesphal, Clinic Coordinator

Affiliated Practice Dental Hygienists provide preventive clinical services to children through age 18 at the dental clinic, plus provide screenings and fluoride varnish applications for children and screenings for pregnant women at locations throughout the community. Grant funds will be used to provide 200 preventive appointments at the clinic, oral health education for 1400 children in community locations and 250 screenings and fluoride varnish applications for children age 6 – 18 in community locations.

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EL RIO COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER
elrio.org
$20,000.00 – El Rio Integrated Dental Expansion Program
Grant Contact: Brenda Goldsmith, Executive Director of El Rio Health Center Foundation
Program Contact: Candace Clausen, Dental Manager

The El Rio Integrated Dental Expansion Program encompasses a comprehensive health care approach where pediatricians, OB/GYN and midwifery teams work with the El Rio Department to engage and empower over 3,000 low-income parents, children and pregnant woman in oral health and hygiene instruction, education, screenings, awareness, and ongoing dental care.

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ESPERANCA
esperanca.org
$15,000.00 – Learning With A Smile
Grant Contact: Mckenzie Simmons, Development Director
Program Contact: Maria Valenzuela, Phoenix Program Director

“Learning with a Smile” provides culturally sensitive oral health education to 4,000 at-risk children ages 0-18 and 200 parents living in neighborhoods that lack health resources, to train 3-4 promotoras to provide oral health education, and to incorporate oral heath education in obesity-prevention classes. A $15,000 grant would provide for 1,117 children to receive preventive oral health education in this program.

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FLAGSTAFF MEDICAL CENTER
nahealth.com
$10,000.00 – Dental Disease Prevention among Children With Chronic/Disabling Conditions
Grant Contact: Marcus Sharp, Interim Director of Children’s Health Center
Program Contact: Amy Rizza, Case Worker

“Dental Disease Prevention amonth Children with Chronic and Disabling Conditions” provides electric toothbrush kits, flouride toothpaste and Fluoride Varnish care for CRS patients at FMC's Children’s Health Center. These children suffer from chronic or disabling conditions which inhibit their ability to use a regular toothbrush. Many come from low-income families and cannot afford to invest in an electric toothbrush. Other charitable donations will be used to provide families with replacement brushes as needed. Clinic staff will provide instruction to families on proper use of the brushes, and will provide education on preventive oral health practices. The Nurse Practitioner will identify and apply the Flouride Varnish to those children who are at risk of tooth decay, primarly children from the Indian Reservations and also those that live in outlying communities. These services will be provided over a one-year period. The project will serve 350 children with toothbrushes and 200 with varnish.

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LAPAZ MOHAVE ORAL HEALTH COALITION
rivercitiesunitedway.org
$15,000.00 – LaPaz Mohave Oral Health Coalition (River Cities United Way is the fiduciary agent)
Grant and Program Contact: Ashley Wood, Community Impact Director

The Coalition will hold quarterly meetings with a goal of 12 people per meeting out of 55 members. The group will focus the majority of its efforts on the Oral Health Education Program which has been the focus of the coalition’s first year. The Oral Health Education program is a two-week, practical curriculum to teach kindergarteners preventive dental care. It involves daily in-classroom toothbrushing after lunch, followed by an educational component that includes age-appropriate STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathmatics). This program has been approved for incorporation into the Mohave County School District’s kindergarden classrooms in the 2016-2017 school year, which directly impacts 1,300 children.

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LEGACY FOUNDATION CHRIS-TOWN YMCA DENTAL CLINIC
vosymca.org
$15,000.00 – Preventive Oral Health for a Brighter Tomorrow
Grant Contact: Heidi Wildy, Grant Writer/Manager
Program Contact: Jared Kittelson, Executive Director

The Dental Clinic educates children and parents/caregivers in good oral healthcare practices, and provides low-income, uninsured children access to preventive dental care. Funding will be used for community outreach efforts, education efforts in Y youth development programs, and for preventive dental care services at the Clinic. Our goal is to reach 1000 underserved children through outreach efforts, 530 children and parents/caregivers through education efforts, and provide 45 low-income, uninsured children with preventive dental services at the clinic at no charge. We will target underserved children (ages 18 and under) from low-income west metropolitan Phoenix neighborhoods. A specific focus will be placed on reaching pre-teens and teens—populations identified by Clinic's director as markedly underserved.

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MAGGIE’S PLACE
maggiesplace.org
$20,000.00 – Dental Program at Maggie’s Place
Grant Contact: Laura Magruder, Executive Director
Program Contact: Julie Carlberg, Director of Programs

Funds would be used for a collaborative partnership between Maggie’s Place and the Brighter Way Institute (formerly Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) Dental Clinic for the Homeless). Through this partnership, the Brighter Way Institute provides the opportunity for Maggie’s Place guests (pregnant and parenting women in need) to receive preventive dental care in a facility specializing in the needs of the homeless population. Funding would also be used to provide in-house oral health educational workshops and training to our mothers and their children, plus preventative screenings and cleanings for 100+ pregnant women living in our 4 Arizona homes in 2017.

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MARANA HEALTHCARE
mhchelathcare.org
$20,000.00 – Preventive Dental Care for Pregnant Women
Grant Contact: Daniel Robles, Dental Manager
Program Contact: Dr. Vijay Patel, Dental Director

The funding will be used to provide a comprehensive dental exam, x-rays, and cleanings to uninsured pregnant woman. Our OBGYN department will be handing out referrals to their patients so that we can schedule appointments. All of funding will go towards the exam, intraoral complete x-rays, prophylaxis cleaning or debridement. A total value of $302.00 (incl prophy) or $372.00 (incl. debridement) The funding will serve 65 uninsured pregnant women, but we estimate about 90 will be a part of the program (from current year usage), leaving MHC to subsidize the care for 25 patients once grant funding is depleted.

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MARICOPA COUNTY ORAL HEALTH LEADERS, ADVOCATES & RESOURCES (MOLAR COALITION)
molarcoalition.org
$12,500.00 – MOLAR Coalition
Grant and Program Contact: Emma Violante, Chair of the Board of Directors

MOLAR is an alliance working to increase the ability of public and private organizations in Maricopa County to improve the oral and overall health of their constituents. Funding will be used to support the Affiliated Practice Toolkit which will provide 16 credits required for Affilated Practice Dental Hygienists. Topics will include public health, medical emergencies, pediatric or special needs dentistry and business strategies. Funding will also be used to support a coalition coordinator. This position will be instrumental in helping MOLAR facilitate activities and achieve its goals.

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MARIPOSA COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER
mariposachc.net
$18,758.00 – Santa Cruz County Oral Health Coalition
Grant Contact: Patty Molina, Senior Director of Community Health Services
Program Contact: Alicia Villa, Prevention Manager

Mariposa Community Health Center requests $18,758 to initiate the multi-sector Santa Cruz County Oral Health Coalition. Although this coalition will focus on oral health for all groups, the coalition will focus on formulating and executing strategies to reach the approximately 2,000 children under age 21 who are enrolled in or eligible for Medicaid (AHCCCS) who are not accessing dental care as they are unaware they have these dental benefits. An innovative aspect of the coalition is that they can leverage Mariposa’s partnerships with schools to refer children and adolescents to dental care as part of school-linked health care.

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NAVAJO-APACHE-GILA COUNTY ORAL HEALTH COALITION (NAG COALITION)
navajocountyaz.gov
$15,000.00 – NAG Coalition (Navajo County is the fiduciary agent)
Grant and Program Contact: Connie Baine, NAG Coalition Coordinator

Navajo County Public Health Services District will use the 2017 Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation grant award to continue funding the Navajo-Apache-Gila (NAG) Oral Health Coalition. The funds will be used to support the salary for a Coalition Coordinator. The Coalition Coordinator will be responsible for coalition development, scheduling a minimum of eight meetings annually, member recruitment, outreach, communication and activities, which will serve approximately 10,000 children/parents.

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NEIGHBORHOOD OUTREACH ACCESS TO HEALTH (NOAH)
honorhealth.com
$20,000.00 – School Dental Screenings for Low-income Children
Grant Contact: Jennie Miller, Assoc. VP, Grants & Contracts
Program Contact: Jackie Sutter, Dental Hygienist

Funding will support NOAH’s school screening program, which provides oral health education and screenings for 7,000 children in 23 Title 1 elementary and middle schools in Phoenix and Scottsdale. Children found to have urgent dental issues are referred to a NOAH dental clinic for treatment.

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SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
svdpaz.org
$18,550.00 – Healthy Mom Healthy Kiss
Grant Contact: Kara Beer, Grants Manager
Program Contact: Dr. Ken Snyder, Dental Director

Funding from Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation will be used for the Healthy Mom Healthy Kiss program (inaugurated last year with the help of DDAZF) and expanded to include young children who attend the program with their moms. The grant funding will support an estimated 25 moms, 25 babies (through age 12 mos.), and 12 children and provide a total 130-140 visits for preventive care and oral health education.

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SOUTHERN ARIZONA ORAL HEALTH COALITION (SAZOHC)
pima.gov
$19,260.00 – SAzOHC
Grant Contact: Margaret Perry, Program Coordinator
Program Contact: Alicia Thompson, Coalition Coordinator

The first year of funding provided the catalyst to reconvene the Southern Arizona Oral Health Coalition (SAzOHC) and begin to participate in the statewide oral health coalition. The second year of funding will be used to continue to develop and strengthen the SAzOHC. By the end of year two, the SAzOHC will have used the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) process to develop its strategic plan. The service area for the SAzOHC has traditionally covered three counties with a total population of just over one million persons in 2013. The additional four counties listed make the total population covered close to 2 million persons with an estimated 19% living in poverty.

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SOUTHWEST HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
swhd.org
$20,000.00 – Oral Health Program for Children, Families and Expectant Mothers
Grant Contact: Lisa Olivas-Cook, Grants Manager
Program Contact: Jen Lambert, Senior Program Manager

Southwest Human Development’s Oral Health Program for Children, Families, and Expectant Mothers promotes oral health, increases knowledge of preventive oral health measures, and increases access to preventive care for pregnant women. The program is presented as a component of our Healthy Families and Head Start/Early Head Start programs, and will serve about 8,560 low income children and family members from throughout Maricopa County. The funds will be used to educate children and families about the need for daily and lifelong oral health care, preventive screenings, and the importance of having a dental home where any identified problems can be addressed before they become emergencies, and to pay for preventive dental care for pregnant women referred by SWHD to partnering community dental clinics.

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ST. ELIZABETH’S HEALTH CENTER
saintehc.org
$20,000.00 – Dental Prevention Clinic
Grant Contact: Melanie Morgan, Director of Development and Marketing
Program Contact: Karen Wood, Dental Director

St. Elizabeth's Health Center, in partnership with Delta Dental of Arizona, will provide free evaluations, fluoride varnishes, cleanings and X-rays for at least 80 uninsured children and pregnant women in the Tucson area at its facility. Additionally, the partnership will also allow us to provide outreach to children at local schools through school-based dental clinics serving at least 220 children. These clinics will include educational presentations, fluoride treatments and exams.

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SUN LIFE FAMILY HEALTH CENTER
slfhc.org
$18,000.00 – Sun Life Oral Health Screening Project
Grant Contact: Michelov Rhau, Grant Writer
Program Contact: Alex Cota, Dental Office Manager

Sun Life Family Health Center (Sun Life) requests funding in the amount of $18,000 to implement school-based oral health screening services in Pinal County, Arizona. The organization will deliver these services to children 18 years and younger. Sun Life is proposing to serve 900 children in the targeted age group at Pinal County School Districts of Casa Grande, Eloy, Florence, Maricopa, Mammoth, Picacho, San Manuel and Stanfield. Oral health screening services will be provided on-site at elementary schools in the designated districts as well as during health fairs and community events throughout the County.

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SUNSET COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER
sunset-chc.org
$20,000.00 – Sunset Healthy Smiles
Grant Contact: David Rogers, Chief Executive Officer
Program Contact: Dr. Satish Kumar, Dental Director

Sunset Community Health Center's program Sunset Healthy Smiles will provide oral exam, x-rays, oral prophylaxis, topical fluoride treatment, dental sealants and list of needed restorative care needs to children living in poverty in Yuma County, Arizona. The target population will be up to 150 children with ages ranging from 0-18; and up to 50 pregnant women will be provided with oral exams and oral prophylaxis. Sunset will provide these services through the use of a Mobile Dental Van, which will go to specific schools per a pre-arranged schedule; and Sunset dental clinics. Sunset mobile unit will also offer dental exams at local health fairs and community events throught the county as often and practical as possible.

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UOFA MOBILE CLINIC
sucedd.fcm.arizona.edu/mobile-health
$20,000.00 – OHPEN Wide Program
Grant and Program Contact: Patrick Rivers, Senior Program Coordinator

The University of Arizona’s Mobile Health Program provides preventive oral health services and education to school-age children and pregnant teens and women without access to dental care. The OHPEN Wide Program provides services to children where they attend school, and at MHP prenatal clinics where pregnant teens and women already receive care. Funding will pay for supplies and equipment, and to support MHP salaries to provide oral health instruction, exams, topical fluoride varnishing, and referrals to local dental centers for restorative services.

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