Port Richey, Fla. (PRWEB) August 16, 2016
Delta Dental Insurance Company announced today that it has awarded a $10,000 grant to the SmileFaith Foundation to improve access to oral health. SmileFaith Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit affiliated with the National Association for Medical and Dental that was formed in 2010.
SmileFaith Foundation provides free dental care, wellness programs and Christian life coaching and ministry to the underserved population in Florida. The foundation also provides mobile dental services and day-long, free community health events to Florida residents in need.
“SmileFaith is thrilled to be a recipient of the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation grant,” said Dr. Michael O’Carroll, executive director of the SmileFaith Foundation. “We have been able to assist so many individuals with a new smile and hope for the future.”
The grant, awarded by the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation, is one of several given in the state to help improve the oral health of underserved children and adults, particularly in rural locations where access to dental care may be limited. Launched in 2011, the foundation has given a total of $9.5 million in grants in several states, including more than $1.3 million in Florida.
"As a leader in the dental industry, we take seriously our duty to reach out to communities to help improve access to dental care," said Belinda Martinez, president of Delta Dental Insurance Company. "We are pleased to further extend the ability of clinics and organizations already providing dental care to those in need and who might otherwise go without, due to financial barriers."
About Delta Dental Insurance Company
Delta Dental Insurance Company and its affiliates collectively provide dental benefits to 34.5 million people in 15 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The group of companies donated $6.9 million in 2015 in support of programs focusing on prevention of dental disease, access to care, advancement in dental science and exploring the connections between oral and overall health. All are part of the Delta Dental Plans Association, the nation’s largest dental benefits system.
About National Association for Medical and Dental (NAFMD)
NAFMD was formed in May 2010 for the specific purpose of improving the general well-being and welfare of its members’ overall health and wellness. NAFMD works hard to achieve this for its members. It supports SmileFaith Foundation’s ongoing mission to give hope with every smile and a new beginning for many recipients nationwide.