LISLE, Ill., Dec. 26 Seven community service organizationsthroughout Illinois will begin the New Year on a positive note as recipientsof grants from Delta Dental of Illinois.
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The seven grants, for a total of $62,400, are intended to help promoteoral health education and access to care. DDIL makes grants three times ayear; this round is the last for 2007.
The oral health grants are a key component of Delta Dental of Illinois'community benefit program. Part of Delta Dental of Illinois' mission is toimprove the oral health of the communities it serves. As such, Delta Dentalof Illinois supports organizations and projects that help improve oral healthaccess or promote oral health education in the state.
"Part of Delta Dental of Illinois' mission is to continually seek ways forresidents of Illinois to have access to quality oral health care andeducation," said Robert Dennison, D.M.D., President and Chief ExecutiveOfficer of Delta Dental of Illinois. "Through our grant program we are able toassist a number of community-focused organizations in their missions toprovide beneficial health programs for the entire state. We are honored to bepart of this joint, positive endeavor."
Delta Dental of Illinois (DDIL) is a not-for-profit dental servicecorporation specializing in providing comprehensive, easy-to-use andcost-effective benefits to over one million employees and family members inmore than 3,200 employee groups throughout Illinois. Based in Lisle, Ill.,DDIL offers an array of extensive nationwide network-based managedfee-for-service, PPO and dental HMO plans.Recipients of the Delta Dental of Illinois grants include: -- The Infant Welfare Society of Chicago received a $7,500 grant to support ongoing pediatric dentistry services for the Hispanic and Polish immigrant communities on the Northwest side of Chicago. The Infant Welfare Society successfully manages the challenges of the target population by responding to the cultural and linguistic needs of their patients and will provide 16,000 oral health visits in the current fiscal year. The agency provides comprehensive oral health care for children, including restorative and advanced pediatric dental care often not available elsewhere. -- Adams County Health Department -- Community Dental Clinic in Quincy received a $10,000 grant to increase access to care. The clinic provides a full array of dental services, including endodontic, oral surgery, dentures and orthodontia, and expects to serve 9,000 eligible adults and children. -- DuPage County Health Department in Wheaton was granted $8,000 to fund full-service dental care to low-income residents in the county who use the mobile dentistry unit called the Smile Squad. The Smile Squad provides exams, pulpotomies, crowns and extractions during visits to schools, neighborhood resource centers and county health centers and serves 200 patients each month in targeted areas of the county. -- Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago received an $8,500 grant for its Division of Dentistry to purchase additional intra-oral cameras. These cameras will help both the dental patients and the pediatric dental residents at the hospital. They will be used to allow patients and parents to view dental problems as the dentist sees them. Working together, the dentist and patient are better able to identify a problem and eradicate it. The Division of Dentistry serves 450 patients a month from throughout the Chicago area. -- Walk in Ministry of Hope in Downers Grove was granted $8,400 to establish an immediate needs fund for oral health issues and to supplement this service with a well-established referral system to s