DePaul Community Health Centers (DCHC) recently received a $60,000 grant from the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation to subsidize the dental care of low-income patients and to assist DCHC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This marks the fifth consecutive year that the foundation awarded funding to DCHC to support patients who have little or no dental insurance.
“The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation is to be commended for its efforts in supporting community health centers and the patients we serve, and we are thankful for this partnership,” said Michael G. Griffin, president/CEO of DCHC. “Unfortunately, many of our patients cannot afford dental care, and they too often dismiss the effect their oral health has on their overall health. This funding enhances the holistic care patients receive at our ten health centers by covering a portion or all of their dental care expenses.”
DCHC works to address various social determinants of health that prevent or reduce patients’ access to healthcare. The DCCF was founded in 2011 to increase access to dental care for persons in underserved communities.
“The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation partners with nonprofit organizations to increase access to care for vulnerable populations,” said Kenzie Ferguson, vice president for foundation and corporate social responsibility for Delta Dental of California and its affiliates. “We are proud to work with DePaul Community Health Centers and support the important work its team is doing to provide vital care during this pandemic in Louisiana.”