Treatment

One of the major areas of focus for our charitable donations is making sure Arkansans have access to dental treatment. The Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation helps improve access to care through our support of the Arkansas Mission of Mercy, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and community dental clinics.

Arkansas Mission of Mercy

The Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation contributes $100,000 every year to the Arkansas Mission of Mercy, a two-day, free dental clinic organized by the Arkansas State Dental Association. Held in a different area of the state each year, the 2014 Arkansas Mission of Mercy was held in Springdale and provided $1,115,972 worth of dental care to 1,695 patients. Since its inception in 2007, the Arkansas Mission of Mercy has provided over $7 million worth of free dental care to 13,874 patients.

Arkansas Children’s Hospital

The Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation is dedicated to improving the dental health of all Arkansans, especially children. A $2 million commitment to Arkansas Children’s Hospital funded the hospital’s many oral health initiatives, including an in-hospital dental clinic that opened in 2012, three mobile dental units that bring dental services to underserved children at elementary schools across Arkansas, and the “Seal the State” dental sealant program, which allows dental hygienists to travel the state and provide dental sealants to children in areas with the most need.

Community Grants

The Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation contributes $150,000 annually to fund grants for community based oral health programs across the state. From denture programs to vital oral health care for children, seniors and even heart transplant patients, these grants help increase access to care for our state’s underserved and uninsured.

 

Past Community Grant Recipients

Baptist Health Foundation – $20,000
Grant funds will provide the necessary dental care required for heart transplant and/or LVAD implant patients who otherwise would not be able to receive these lifesaving procedures due to poor dental health.
Christian Health Center – $8,496
Funds will purchase dental supplies and equipment to extend the clinic’s services to cover treatment as well as tooth extractions.
Community Dental Clinic – $20,000
Funding will purchase project supplies for the clinic’s denture program.
Conway Interfaith Clinic – $5,000
This grant will support the creation of a new program to provide extractions for low-income senior citizens and homeless residents in Faulkner County.
Fayetteville School District – $10,200
Grant funds will purchase the dental supplies and equipment needed to provide free dental care to students in need.
Good Samaritan Clinic – $5,900
Funding will be used to purchase dental supplies and equipment needed to start a new dental program to provide free care to those in need in western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma.
Harmony Health Clinic – $15,000
Funding will purchase project supplies for the clinic’s denture program.
Northwest Arkansas Free Health Center – $5,000
Grant funds will purchase dental supplies needed to provide free dental care to Arkansans in Benton and Washington counties.
River City Ministry – $21,000
Funds will purchase dental supplies and equipment needed to provide free dental care to residents in central Arkansas.
River Valley Christian Clinic – $13,577
Funding will be used to purchase dental supplies and equipment to provide extraction services for residents of Pope, Yell and surrounding counties.
Shepherd’s Hope Neighborhood Health Center – $15,000
This grant will support an extraction program for Little Rock residents by purchasing needed dental supplies and equipment.
UALR Children International – Future Smiles Dental Clinic – $25,000
Grant funding will support this school-based dental clinic, which provides free care to low-income students at five elementary schools and two middle schools in the Little Rock School District.
UAMS 12th Street Health & Wellness Center – $15,000
Grant funds will be used to purchase dental equipment for this new, student-led facility established to serve the needs of the community while providing UAMS students a clinical rotation with the opportunity to learn in a community setting.