Pictured above: Left to right – Dr. Cheneta MacDonald, Guilford County Dental Director; Susan Hawks, Guilford County School Nurse Supervisor; Janis Surratt, Guilford County School Nurse Supervisor; Debbie Kennedy, Guilford County Dental Hygienist; and Curt Ladig, President and CEO of Delta Dental of North Carolina.
The Guilford County Department of Health received a $5,000 Smiles for Kids grant from the Delta Dental Foundation (DDF) to advance the oral health of uninsured and underinsured children in Guilford County through their Project Access Dental (PAD) Program. This grant will assist the program in securing treatment for children who, through in-school dental screenings, have been identified with urgent dental care needs and an inability to pay.
Project Access Dental reaches approximately 5,200 kindergarten students in Guilford County Schools’ 69 elementary schools. The Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services Dental Clinic in turn becomes the “dental home” for many children who have Medicaid or are uninsured.
“The grant from the Delta Dental Foundation is a great help in getting the students in our PAD program the care they need,” said Debbie Kennedy, Guilford County Public Health’s School Health Dental Hygienist. “Once the student goes to the dentist through our program and is no longer in pain, the parents begin to see the dentist as a partner in keeping their child’s teeth healthy, which contributes to keeping the rest of their body healthy.”
The Delta Dental Foundation focuses on ensuring children and adults in North Carolina receive premiere oral health education and high-quality dental care. The grant received by Guilford County Public Health is one of 19 grants totaling $65,800 awarded in 2018 to North Carolina oral health organizations and programs. This is the fourth year that Guilford County Public Health has been awarded a Smiles for Kids grant. 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 and the ability to measure results.
“The Delta Dental Foundation is committed to promoting good oral health habits and providing better access to quality dental care for those who are underserved in our state,” said Curt Ladig, President and CEO of Delta Dental of North Carolina. “Supporting the work of the Guilford County Department of Public Health can help ensure that more children receive the care they need and are educated about the importance of good oral health to grow up healthy and be successful in school and in life.”
For more information, call the Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Division at 336-641-7802 or visit www.myguilford.com.
About the Guilford County Public Health
The Department’s dental clinic provides services such as exams, limited emergency visits, cleanings and sealants. They see children up to age 21 with Medicaid or NC Health Choice; children who have applied for Medicaid or NC Health Choice, but were declined, whose parents can pay a reduced fee at time of service; and pregnant women with a pink Medicaid card.
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 http://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.