Grants aim to provide dental care to the under-served

The Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation is awarding $700,000 in grants 28 community organizations and programs in New Jersey and Connecticut. The Foundation is the charitable arm of Delta Dental of New Jersey.

The funds are designed to help provide preventive dental care the uninsured and under-served, specifically children whose families are at or below the federal poverty level, the developmentally disabled, and vulnerable seniors.

The organizations that the Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation is funding this year include health departments, colleges and universities, hospitals, health centers, mobile dental units, school-based dental clinics, and other groups. Funds will be used to buy new equipment, establish new dental services and expand existing programs, increase mobile service access, create and expand dental education, extend hours and staff, and more.

Connecticut organizations receiving the grants include the following.
Stratford Health Department, School-Based Dental Clinic, Stratford (Fairfield County): Support mobile dental clinic to expand dental care to low income, school-age children. This allows Stratford to bring the dental care to the children at various schools since parents are sometimes reluctant to take their child out of school during school hours to go to the dental clinic and are unable to miss work.

University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport (Fairfield County): Provide funds for a pilot program, Portable Dental Hygiene Care for Special Needs Populations, developed to expand clinical services and educational programming provided by the University’s Fones School of Dental Hygiene.

Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven (New Haven County): Fund the hospital’s satellite facility in Hamden, which increases access to oral health care for those with special health care needs. The multiyear grant is intended to award a total of $500,000 over a five-year period.

Amanda Cuda