Naples, Fla. (March. 10, 2021) – Healthcare Network has received a $50,000 grant from Delta Dental Community Care Foundation to provide continued preventive, restorative, surgical and emergency dental services to children and adults who otherwise could not afford it and would likely go without care. In addition to its three conventional dental locations, the grant will also help fund the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® and the Health & Smiles Mobile units, which bring dental care directly to migrant families and communities.
In 2019, Healthcare Network provided essential dental services to 11,553 adults and 16,391 children. In the same year, the Care Mobile provided 2,975 sealants and screened 2,435 children at 13 Title 1 Schools – those with a high percentage of students from low-income families and the Health & Smiles Mobile provided care to 438 patients through 990 patient visits.
“Amid the pandemic, we are very grateful for the continued generosity of the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation,” said Dr. Emily Ptaszek, president and chief executive officer of Healthcare Network. “With support from the Foundation, we will be able to provide treatment and oral health education to patients who have recently lost their employment, are uninsured or underinsured and face multiple barriers to care.”
According to the CDC, populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19 are also at higher risk for oral diseases and experience oral health disparities at higher rates. Children at most risk are from lower socioeconomic families where barriers to care such as caregiver low health literacy, language proficiency, dental insurance and geographic access are prevalent.
“The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation is committed to supporting the most vulnerable members of our communities,” said Kenzie Ferguson, vice president of Foundation and corporate social responsibility for Delta Dental of California and its affiliates. “We take enormous pride in supporting the work of Healthcare Network to increase access to vital dental services to underserved children and adults in Collier County.”
For more information, visit www.HealthcareSWFL.org or to schedule an appointment, call 239-658-3000.
Mar 12, 2021 | Dental Care, Grants