Monday, August 14, 2017

Project Access recently received $2,500 grant from Delta Dental Foundation to improve oral health in Howard County, Indiana

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From the Kokomo Herald:

Project Access of Howard County, Indiana recently received a grant for $2,500 from the Delta Dental Foundation to help improve oral health in Howard County by providing dentures to those eligible for the program. 

Approximately 15,000 citizens of Howard County, Indiana have no access to affordable healthcare.  Project Access has the ability to help many of those individuals with their healthcare needs.  Unfortunately, limited resources have limited the amount of help available to reach many of those in need.  Project Access will use the funds for oral health to provide dentures to those who otherwise would have no way to treat this need.

Sherry Rahl, Director of Project Access, is excited about the possibilities to help our citizens with this grant.  “Quality of life often depends on oral health, the ability to eat properly, seek employment, and improve self-esteem.”

The Delta Dental Foundation is focused on ensuring that children and adults in Indiana received high-quality oral health education and high-quality dental care.  Through its Brighter Futures initiatives, Delta Dental is committed to improving people’s oral and overall health and well-being through advocacy, education, and philanthropy.

“We are proud to recognize the work being done by Project Access and by selecting it as one of our grant recipients,” said Teri Battaglieri, Director of Delta Dental Foundation.  “By increasing access to dental care, we can improve the dental, and overall health, and well-being of children and adults by preventing serious health issues down the road.”


About the Delta Dental Foundation:

The Delta Dental Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization established in 1980, which serves as a philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina.  The foundation’s goals are to support education and research for advancement of dental science, and to promote the oral health of the public through education and service activities, particularly for those with special needs.  For more information, visit

This is one of those stories that *should* make you feel good.  After all, who doesn’t like to read about big companies with a heart helping those in need?  It’s a noble thing to do.
My one little concern about this is that the big company in the story is Delta Dental.  They, better than almost anyone else, should know how much different procedures cost.  Because of that they should know that $2500 is like trying to drain a hot tub with a drinking straw.  If they *really* wanted to help the solve the problem, they would provide a much greater donation.  Of course, where does this money come from in the first place?  It comes from undercutting their payments to dentists who are striving every day to FIX the problem.
Now, I would be thrilled if a non-dental company had donated $2500, the part that I find frustrating is that Delta, knowing full well how little this will do, is treating this pittance as if it will solve the entire problem in the area of the donation.

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