Delta Dental contributes $3.6 million in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana in 2014

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Funding helps provide better oral health, brighter futures for children and adults

"Through the programs and organizations we supported in 2014, more than 111,000 children and nearly 90,000 adults received much needed dental care, and thousands more received oral health supplies and educational resources," said Battaglieri.

Thousands of smiles are brighter as a result of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana and its philanthropic arm, the Delta Dental Foundation, contributing $3.6 million to support programs designed to improve oral and overall health as part of their Brighter Futures initiative. The Delta Dental Foundation also committed an additional $2.2 million in multiyear program grants to support this initiative.

Launched in 2012, Brighter Futures is Delta Dental’s initiative to improve the oral and overall health and well-being of children and adults in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana through philanthropy, education and advocacy. In particular, Brighter Futures focuses on improving children’s oral health and literacy, providing and increasing access to dental care for underserved populations, promoting oral health education and supporting science based programs proven to improve oral health such as dental sealant and community water fluoridation programs.

“Delta Dental is committed to helping improve the oral and overall health and quality of life for children and adults in the communities we serve,” said Teri Battaglieri, director, communications, corporate citizenship and philanthropy, Delta Dental. “Through the programs and organizations we supported in 2014, more than 111,000 children and nearly 90,000 adults received much needed dental care, and thousands more received oral health supplies and educational resources.”

As part of the total funding in 2014, the Delta Dental Foundation committed $2 million to the University of Michigan School of Dentistry for a new clinic that will provide both dental and medical care to special needs patients. In addition, $322,444 was committed to Volunteers of America Michigan to create a dental clinic for the homeless population.

Two mobile dental coaches were purchased thanks to the Delta Dental Foundation committing $534,000 to The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and $100,000 to the St. Mary’s Health Foundation in Indiana. As a result of the new mobile coaches, a total of 8,500 patients are estimated to receive dental care each year.

“Thanks to the efforts of all of the organizations for which we provided support, we are making a positive difference in our states and helping to shape healthier and brighter futures for the people who live in them.”

For more information on the 2014 grant recipients, please visit http://www.deltadentalmi.com/bfreport.

About Delta Dental
Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, and its affiliates in Arkansas, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Carolina and Tennessee collectively are among the largest dental plan administrators in the nation. In 2013, the enterprise paid out nearly $3 billion for dental care to 12.1 million enrollees. Offices are located in Okemos and Farmington Hills, Mich.; Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio; Indianapolis, Ind.; Sherwood and Little Rock, Ark.; Louisville, Ky.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C.; and Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis, Tenn.

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Claire Doroh
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