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DELTA DENTAL OF NEW JERSEY FOUNDATION AWARDS $915,000 TO HELP UNINSURED and UNDERINSURED IN NJ and CT

Children, Seniors & Developmentally Disabled Will Have Access to Free/Low-Cost Dental Care

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — March 30, 2016 — Community organizations in New Jersey and Connecticut providing oral health care have been awarded over $915,000 in grants for 2016 from the Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation, the charitable arm of Delta Dental of New Jersey. As a result, thousands of children, seniors and developmentally disabled individuals will have access to free and low-cost dental care and dental education. Also, several dental hygiene and dental assisting students will receive Delta Dental scholarships.

The grants, allocated during the first quarter of each year, will be used to help the uninsured and underserved—specifically children whose families are at or below the federal poverty level, the developmentally disabled, and vulnerable seniors. A goal of the grants is to reduce the number of complex and urgent dental cases resulting from the lack of preventive care, catching problems earlier to reduce complications later.

Here are the grant recipients, listed by state and county.

New Jersey 

BURLINGTON COUNTY
Rowan College at Burlington, Pemberton: support dental hygiene scholarships for students and Give Kids A Smile Day

CAMDEN COUNTY

Bancroft, Cherry Hill, N.J.: Support dental education and desensitization lab for children with developmental or intellectual disabilities, including autism

Cathedral Kitchen, Camden: Support Project Smiles Dental Clinic that serves the uninsured and homeless        

Gracious Smiles, Camden: Support dental services and dental education for children at Leap Academy

Jazz Bridge Project, Collingswood: Fund dental care for senior jazz musicians

CAPE MAY COUNTY

Cape May County Department of Aging and Disability Services, Rio Grande: Fund seniors’ dental care costs

ESSEX COUNTY

Boys & Girls Club of Newark, Newark: Support Children’s Dental Center, which serves members of the Boys & Girls Club of Newark

Bloomfield Health Careers Foundation, Bloomfield: Support Dental Careers Program that allows high school students and adults to learn about dental assisting, dental hygiene, and dentist careers

East Orange Department of Health & Human Services, East Orange: Support dental clinic that serves uninsured children

KinderSmile Foundation, Upper Montclair: Support Oral Health Program that educates and establishes a dental home for children, pre- and post-natal women, and special needs children

Rutgers University Foundation, Newark: Fund a Symposium on Special Care Dentistry

HUDSON COUNTY

Hudson County Dental Society, Hackensack: Support Give Kids A Smile Day event

MIDDLESEX COUNTY

JFK Medical Center/Community Hospital Group, Edison: Fund dental care program for seniors

Middlesex County College Foundation, Edison: Fund dental hygiene scholarships for students

MONMOUTH AND OCEAN COUNTIES
Advanced Dental Seminars, Ocean, Freehold, Hazlet and Jackson: Support seminar on the story of one person's experience with oral cancer

Jersey Shore University Medical Center Dental Clinic, Neptune: Fund dental care program for seniors

Monmouth Medical Center Foundation, Long Branch: Support the cleft palate team

MORRIS COUNTY

Morristown Medical Center Foundation, Senior Smiles Program, Morristown: Support dental care for seniors

Morristown Medical Center Foundation, DD Program, Morristown: Support dental care for developmentally disabled persons

Morristown Medical Center Foundation, Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children, Morristown: Support dental care for uninsured and underinsured children under age 18

OCEAN COUNTY

Ocean Health Initiatives, Lakewood: Support dental provider for children’s dental home program

PASSAIC COUNTY

Clifton Health Department, Clifton: Fund new dental chairs and supplies for the dental clinic

Eva's Village, Paterson: Fund dental care for homeless and uninsured persons

Paterson Public Schools Dental Clinic, Paterson: Fund the dentist who provides dental care to children

SOMERSET COUNTY

Matheny Medical and Educational Center, Peapack: Support Matheny Dental Center in providing dental care to persons with developmental disabilities

Somerset Health Care Foundation, Somerville: Support Healthy Smiles educational program for young children

UNION COUNTY

Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences School, Scotch Plains: support dental hygiene and dental assisting scholarships for students

MULTIPLE COUNTIES

The Carl and Emily Weller Center for Health Education: Fund Dental Detectives - an oral health education program for elementary school children

Dental Lifeline Network: Support donated dental care for elderly and persons with disabilities

New Jersey Dental Assistants' Association, Clifton: Support continuing education for dental assistants

Zufall Health Center: Second year of a three-year grant to support the Delta Dental Mobile that will provide dental care to the uninsured throughout New Jersey

Connecticut

CT Foundation for Dental Outreach, Connecticut: Fund equipment and supplies for Mission of Mercy (MOM) events and MiniMOM events

FAIRFIELD COUNTY

Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk: Fund dental care of children, seniors, and developmentally disabled at Hospital’s dental clinic

Stratford Health Department, Stratford: Support school-based mobile dental clinic expansion

University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport: Support preventive dental care for children by extending the dental program by three weeks to ensure oral health care for children at the Jettie S. Tisdale Elementary School

HARTFORD COUNTY

Hospital for Special Care, New Britain: Fund dental treatment and supplies for underserved children

Integrated Health Services, East Hartford: Fund the Galvin Dental Program, the school-based dental clinic at East Hartford High School

NEW HAVEN COUNTY

Cornell-Scott Hill Health Corporation, New Haven: Fund dentures program for seniors with HIV/AIDS

WINDHAM COUNTY

EASTCONN Head Start, Hampton: Support dental program for Head Start children

About the Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation
Delta Dental established the Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation in 1986. Its mission includes promoting and assisting educational projects devoted to the enhancement of dental health, and improving dental health through the science of dentistry. Each year, Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation provides financial support to various organizations throughout New Jersey and Connecticut.

About Delta Dental
Delta Dental of New Jersey Inc. is New Jersey’s leading dental benefits company, providing or administering coverage to more than 1.5 million people through contracts with groups in New Jersey and Connecticut. In Connecticut, Delta Dental Insurance Company writes dental coverage on an insured basis and Delta Dental of New Jersey administers self-funded dental benefit programs. For more information, visit www.deltadentalnj.com.

 


 

 

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