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Foundation Quarterly: Indiana

The Delta Dental Foundation's Quarterly Update

Indiana Mission of Mercy

This year, the Delta Dental Foundation (DDF) supported the Indiana Mission of Mercy (MOM), which brings together more than 900 dentists, dental hygienists and other volunteers to provide free dental care for the underinsured and uninsured in Indiana every two years. In 2019, MOM made its way to Fort Wayne and provided more than $900,000 of dental work to one thousand patients in just two days. Participants received cleanings, extractions, root canals and crowns along with resources and education for future dental care.

Delta Dental Foundation Care Free Medical

Recently approved grants

  • $25,000 to Care Free Medical for a new, expanded dental clinic. This new clinic will be located in an underserved area in Lansing, Michigan with the ability to become a federally qualified health center (FQHC). It will have seven dental operatories.
  • $100,000 to Primary Health Solutions to equip a dental operatory in the Edgewood, Ohio school-based health center. This clinic will serve both students and the community.
  • $225,000 to Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for oral health programs. Programs supported include SEAL! Michigan which provides dental sealants to children at no cost through school programs, as well as community water fluoridation equipment grants.

SEAL Indiana

SEAL Indiana is a mobile dental sealant program operated by the Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) that serves children from low-income families across the state. The DDF has helped fund the program since 2006 and provides educational materials to participating children. IUSD students help provide the services, which also include a dental exam and fluoride varnish application. Children also receive a toothbrush and oral hygiene instructions.

SEAL Indiana
Smile Squad Program

Smile Squad Girl Scout Patch Program

The DDF is relaunching the Smile Squad Girl Scout Patch program in October. Girl Scouts will also have the ability to work toward four other badges while doing the Smile Squad program. The program encourages girls to learn about oral health and how it relates to overall health while completing at least three activities in discover, connect and take action categories. DDF provides participating councils with all materials needed to complete the patch program.

Rethink Your Drink: Water's Cool at School

During the 2018-2019 school year, 21 schools in Indiana received DDF Water’s Cool at School program grants. Through this program, existing water fountains are replaced with new water filtration systems, and all students and staff are given reusable water bottles to encourage more water consumption throughout the day. Drinking sugary beverages can have many negative effects on children, and providing them with clean, fresh water throughout the day can help instill healthy habits.

Rethink Your Drink