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Foundation Quarterly: Michigan

The Delta Dental Foundation's Quarterly Update

Serving Smiles to Seniors

Seniors across Michigan received free oral health screenings when Smiles on Wheels traveled to 13 sites throughout the state for the Serving Smiles to Seniors program. While attending a fun lunch program, seniors received a free oral health screening and listened to an oral health/nutrition presentation.

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.

Honor Community Health Floss Cutting

Honor Community Health in Oakland County, Michigan, has officially launched its Healthy Smiles Mobile Unit, thanks to a $500,000 grant from the Delta Dental Foundation (DDF). This mobile unit contains three dental chairs and has already seen more than 800 patients this year. Those who visit the clinic are able to receive oral cancer screenings, routine dental screenings, sealants, fluoride treatments and X-rays. The new mobile dental coach opening was celebrated during a “floss-cutting” ceremony in August.

Delta Dental Foundation and Honor Community Health

Michigan Initiative for Maternal and Infant Oral Health (MIMIOH)

A $630,000 grant from the DDF is helping the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry expand its MIMIOH project into four new FQHC sites across the state. MIMIOH integrates dental services into a primary care setting for at-risk pregnant women. The goal is to improve oral health outcomes for both mother and baby through a dental hygienist embedded in OB/GYN clinics. The hygienists provide preventive dental care, oral health instruction and referrals to dentists for long-term care.

University of Michigan Victors for Veterans

Funded by the DDF, the Victors for Veterans dental clinic, located in Traverse City, helps veterans who have no dental benefits. The clinic operates out of Northwest Michigan Health Services, an FQHC. The University of Michigan School of Dentistry faculty and dental students provide the dental services, and reached more than 150 veterans in 2018. Victors for Veterans helps fill a critical need for the thousands of veterans in Michigan who have no dental benefits.

Victors for Veterans