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Raleigh, NC (March 28, 2016) – The Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education received a $1,000 grant from the Delta Dental Foundation to deliver dental health education to underserved children in pre-K through second grade in Jones County. The partnership received an additional $1,664 from Delta Dental of North Carolina as a result of its #SmilesForKidsNC Facebook campaign.
The program focuses on basic oral hygiene and building the essential knowledge needed to care for teeth and gums. One in three children entering kindergarten in Jones County has untreated tooth decay, nearly twice the North Carolina average of 17%. 200 children will be served by the Poe Center.
“The Poe Center is excited to partner with the Delta Dental Foundation and Delta Dental of North Carolina to deliver these much needed dental health prevention programs to young children in Jones County. We are committed to educating all children across North Carolina, said Poe Center Executive Director, Ann Rollins.”
“Good overall health begins with good oral health—from the beginning,” said Representative Gale Adcock, District 41, Wake County, and Chief Health Officer of SAS. “The Poe Center and Delta Dental Foundation are natural partners.”
The Delta Dental Foundation focuses on ensuring that children and adults in North Carolina receive high-quality oral health education and dental care. The Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education grant is one of 17 grants totaling $40,000 awarded to North Carolina nonprofits providing oral health programs. Grant recipients were selected based on criteria that included the number of at-risk children served, the uniqueness of the program, the level of community involvement in the program and the ability to measure results.
“Tooth decay is the most common, chronic childhood disease in the U.S.  Children miss 51 million hours of school every year because of oral health-related issues,” Delta Dental of North Carolina CEO Curtis Ladig said. “We are pleased that the Delta Dental Foundation is providing support to The Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education to begin educating children early on about good oral health habits so they grow up healthy and ready to learn.”
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
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 Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education
The Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and empowering North Carolina’s children, youth and their families to make choices that increase positive health behaviors. Since establishing its Raleigh facility in 1991, the Poe Center has provided health education to over one million children in 87 of the 100 counties in North Carolina for 25 years. By engaging in fun, highly interactive lessons, preschoolers through twelfth graders receive information that follows the NC DPI Healthful Living Essential Standards on a variety of health topics, including nutrition, dental health, general health, family life and drug prevention. For additional information about the Poe Center, please visit


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