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11/3/2016

Delta Dental Foundation Grant Helps Ada Jenkins Center Improve Oral Health
Funding will support mobile dental clinic’s efforts to provide dental care in North Mecklenburg and South Iredell, NC
 
Huntersville, NC (November 2, 2016) –The Ada Jenkins Center received a $2,500 grant from the Delta Dental Foundation to help improve access to oral health among residents of rural North Mecklenburg and South Iredell, NC, by means of its community mobile dental clinic.
 
The grant will help provide necessary supplies for the mobile dental clinic to offer dental screenings, cleanings, fillings, extractions, oral health education, and referrals free of charge. The mobile dental clinic provides these services at the First Baptist Church in Huntersville and the Ada Jenkins Center to those with low income, no dental insurance, and no Medicaid coverage.
 
“The Ada Jenkins Center provides more than 20 programs and services, including dental care. Since neither the Affordable Care Act nor Medicare provide dental care, our doing so is critical,” said Ada Jenkins Development Director, Jane Cacchione. “With support like the Delta Dental Foundation grant, we are able to continue to provide quality dental services to those who would likely go without.”
 
A 2015 report by the Pew Charitable Trusts[1] found that people in rural areas are more likely to be disadvantaged and without dental insurance compared to those in urban settings. Many rural communities are also considered dental shortage areas.
 
“Many communities across North Carolina face challenges to providing oral health care services to those in need,” Delta Dental of North Carolina CEO Curtis Ladig said. “With our foundation’s support of the Ada Jenkins Center Mobile Dental Clinic, we can help address that need and close the gap between those with access and those without.”
 
About the Delta Dental Foundation
The Delta Dental Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization established in 1980, which serves as the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina. The foundation’s goals are to support education and research for the advancement of dental science, and to promote the oral health of the public through education and service activities, particularly for those with special needs. For more information, visit: www.deltadentalnc.com.
 
About Delta Dental of North Carolina
Delta Dental of North Carolina is a nonprofit dental service corporation created in 1970 to provide dental benefits throughout the state. Its mission is to improve the oral health of the communities it serves. It does so by providing affordable access to oral health care with the largest network of providers, including two out of every three dentists, in North Carolina.
 
About the Ada Jenkins Center
Since 1998, the mission of the Ada Jenkins Center has been to improve the quality of life for residents of their communities through the integrated delivery of health, education, and human services. Their Mobile Dental Clinic is a program that provides free dental services to individuals who reside in the North Mecklenburg or South Iredell areas of:  Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson, Mooresville, Troutman, or Mt. Mourne with low income, no dental insurance, and no Medicaid coverage. For more information, visit: www.adajenkins.org.
 


[1] Cohen, R. S., & Stitzel, J. (2015, November 18). Improving Dental Care Access in Rural America. Retrieved September 12, 2016, from http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2015/11/18/improving-dental-care-access-in-rural-america

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