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Foundation Grant Supports Donated Dental Services Programs

8/29/2018

The Northeast Delta Dental Foundation approved $24,500 in grants to support both the New Hampshire and Vermont Donated Dental Services (DDS) programs in 2018.

Through the DDS program, volunteer dentists and labs donate comprehensive treatment to people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile. Every dollar spent on DDS programming generates $8.87 in donated care.

A portion of the grant, $15,000, will be utilized for the New Hampshire DDS program to provide 100 New Hampshire residents with $255,000 in donated dental care. The remaining $9,500 will go towards the Vermont DDS program’s efforts to help 21 Vermonters receive $63,000 in donated dental care.

“We are grateful for Northeast Delta Dental Foundation’s generous financial support of DLN and the DDS Program. This grant will allow DDS to continue to help vulnerable people receive much needed comprehensive dental treatment through our benevolent volunteer dentists and labs,” said Jim Williamson, Chair of the DLN • New Hampshire Leadership Council. 

The Vermont DDS program utilizes a network of 57 dentists and 5 labs and has provided $247,968 in donated treatment to 65 patients since its inception in 2013. The New Hampshire DDS program has provided $3.6 million in donated treatment to almost 800 patients since its inception in 2002 through its network of 159 dentists and 22 labs.

Funds granted to DDS in both states cover the costs of a DDS coordinator who determines patient eligibility, links patients with nearby volunteer dentists, monitors patient progress and arranges laboratory services and the help of specialists.  Most importantly, the Coordinator resolves any problems that may interfere with care and ensures patients and volunteers have a positive experience.

“We are proud to partner with New Hampshire and Vermont Donated Dental Services to help medically-fragile patients access necessary oral health care through its network of volunteer dentists.   Oral health is a critical component of overall health and we are pleased to partner with organizations like Donated Dental Services who understand this important connection,” said Kathleen B. Walker, Treasurer of the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation and Director of Marketing & Communications at Northeast Delta Dental.

This release courtesy Clair Diones, Dental Lifeline Network
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