Our community grants program provides funding to organizations that provide oral health care and/or education.  With the help of our community grant recipients, we are able to improve access to care in all areas of the state. In 2015, Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation grant award recipients were able to provide dental care and/or treatment to nearly 6,000 children that might not otherwise have been able to access care.   

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Congratulations to each of our 2016 Community Grants Program recipients!  

Through its Community Grants Program, the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, the 501 (c)(3) philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Illinois, awarded a total of $156,702 to 18 nonprofit and community organizations providing programs and services to improve children’s oral health in Illinois.

“Since 2013, the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation has awarded more than $600,000 in community grants to organizations that help us improve children’s oral health and access to dental care across the state. We are proud to support this year’s grant recipients, who were chosen for their commitment to children’s oral health and oral health education in Illinois.” said Lora Vitek, director of philanthropy and community relations for the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation. “The Foundation is always looking for ways to expand our services to the community, improve oral health literacy and break down the barriers that keep Illinois children from having access to good oral health care.”

The following organizations received grants from Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation to prevent dental disease and improve access to oral health care for Illinois children.  

Alivio Medical Center, Chicago
The Alivio Medical Center will use grant funding to expand services at its Berwyn clinic to provide dental care to 700 children through its Oral Health Service Expansion program. The grant also will help create a medical and dental home for children. The Berwyn clinic serves individuals in Cicero and Berwyn in Suburban Cook County. Alivio Medical Center’s mission is to deliver quality, culturally sensitive oral care to its patients.


America’s ToothFairy: National Children's Oral Health Foundation
America’s ToothFairy’s #MySmileMatters Engagement Plan is the only national youth engagement effort focused exclusively on addressing the issue of children’s dental health and wellness. With Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation’s support, #MySmileMatters will engage high school students in oral health activities and encourage them to take positive action to improve oral health in their communities. Through a statewide youth grant competition and community activities, #MySmileMatters will help increase oral health literacy and access to dental care.


Bond County Health Department, Greenville
The Bond County Health Department‘s Dental Clinic serves more than 4,000 patients annually. The Dental Clinic also serves two rural school districts by providing dental sealants to 789 students through its Dental Sealant program. The Dental Clinic will use this grant to purchase a M11-020 UltraClave Sterilizer to assist with providing quality dental care to children.

Chicago Family Health, Chicago
The Chicago Family Health Center (CFHC) created the Smiles for the Future: Pediatric Dental Care program in response to the disparities between pediatric patients’ oral and physical health at its Pullman location. The CFHC will use grant funds to purchase equipment for a newly hired bilingual dental hygienist who is leading the Smiles for the Future: Pediatric Dental Care program. The Smiles for the Future program is working to improve both the oral and physical health of children by integrating the medical and dental departments at the Pullman clinic and providing dental care to children after their well-child visits.


City Colleges of Chicago Foundation – Malcolm X College, Chicago
The Malcolm X College Dental Hygiene Clinic will use the grant to purchase a Nomad Pro 2 X-ray machine for dental hygiene students to use in the dental simulation laboratory area. This portable unit will help students become proficient at taking X-rays in radiology laboratory courses prior to treating patients, and will be used in clinical courses for direct patient care. The Nomad Pro 2 allows the operator to stay with the patient, which reduces the time required for X-ray procedures, making it ideal for use on children and patients with special needs.


Crusader Community Health, Rockford
Crusader Community Health and Rockford Public Schools (RPS) have a successful partnership improving the health of more than 29,000 Rockford students. Crusader Community Health and RPS will utilize the grant to develop a two-phase oral health awareness and education campaign for RPS students and the Rockford community. With the help of students from Auburn High School, phase one will focus on incorporating previously developed educational videos into age-appropriate presentations and awareness commercials, which will be presented to their peers at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. In phase two, students will expand their presentations to other RPS schools, as well as to community groups and at public events, to extend their message as it relates to the benefits of oral health care and its correlation to other medical conditions.


Douglas County Health Department, Tuscola
With the grant from Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, the Douglas County Health Department Dental Clinic will provide oral health care and education to the Amish population residing within Douglas, Coles and Moultrie Counties. The dental clinic will provide oral health education, cleanings and sealants to students from 12 faith-based schools at an off-site community center that serves the Amish Community. Follow-up restorative care will be provided at the dental clinic.


Erie Family Health, Chicago
This year, Erie Family Health is focusing on integrating primary and oral health care to provide a complete wellness visit for patients. Erie Family Health will use the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation grant funds to add a dental hygienist and dental assistant to its Evanston/Skokie location. Erie Family Health plans to serve 8,750 Illinois children this coming year.


Hancock County Health Department, Carthage
The Hancock County Health Department Dental Center serves all children throughout central Illinois. It will use the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation grant to purchase an oil-free air compressor and four sets of dental hygiene tools. The new equipment will supply air to the Dental Center’s operatories and will provide the tools necessary for dental hygiene services. With the addition of this equipment, the Dental Center will be able to add 2,250 appointment slots for children.

Infant Welfare Society (IWS) of Chicago, Chicago
The Infant Welfare Society (IWS) of Chicago provides low-income children with access to oral health care and education. The grant will support IWS’ oral health program that serves more than 5,000 children. IWS connects children to the dental care they need for a healthy life and is part of the Angel Harvey Community Health Center in the Logan Square neighborhood.


Milestone, Inc. Rockford

Milestone, Inc. is a non-profit organization serving children and adults with developmental disabilities. Milestone’s Dental Clinic is one of the few free-standing dental clinics in the nation serving only children and adults with developmental disabilities. The demand for the unique services provided by the Dental Clinic continues to grow. Milestone will use grant funds to provide dental care to children who are served by the Dental Clinic.

Misericordia Home, Chicago
Misericordia Home’s on-campus dental clinic provides dental care and oral health education to 400 children, including 23 who have special healthcare needs. Most of these 23 children visit the clinic for their regular appointments every six months for treatment; some visit more frequently due to specific concerns; and some of these patients visit the clinic for desensitization sessions. Grant funding will be used to support care costs for these 23 children.


Mobile C.A.R.E. Foundation, Chicago
Since 2014, Mobile C.A.R.E. Foundation’s Mobile Dental Program has served schools in Cook County through the use of two dental vans and a portable dental clinic. Last year, the Mobile Dental Program provided services to 7,500 children. This grant will be used to purchase dental supplies to treat the 10,000 children the foundation plans to serve this coming year.


Norwegian American Hospital, Chicago
Norwegian American Hospital, located in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, serves its community through its pediatric dental van program. The dental van provides restorative dental care to Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students and supplements CPS’ preventive dental care program. In 2017, the van will provide dental care to 1,078 children and secure dental homes for at least 35 percent of its patients. Funding from Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation will help Norwegian American implement a new electronic health record system and provide supplies for the dental van.

Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society, Oak Park
Grant funding for the Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society’s Children’s Clinic will be used to support the Oral Health Outreach and Education program that provides preventive dental care and oral health education to low-income Chicago-area children. Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society’s Children’s Clinic is a full-service pediatric health clinic providing services to children in West Cook and DuPage counties and the City of Chicago.


Pike County Health Department, Pittsfield
The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation grant awarded to the Pike County Health Department will be used to support a new part-time dentist and to purchase dental supplies. Pike County Health Department serves 1,700 children annually and is committed to providing quality, comprehensive oral health care and a dental home for its patients.


Promise Healthcare, Champaign
SmileHealthy, a program of Promise Healthcare, will use the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation grant to provide a dental hygienist to Frances Nelson, its community health center. Frances Nelson provides child and prenatal health care, as well as oral health education and patient introduction to the onsite dental center. The SmileHealthy programs work to address three areas: reduction of early childhood caries, promotion of visiting the dentist by age 1 and the integration of oral and physical health.

Riverbend Head Start and Family Services, Alton
The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation grant awarded to Riverbend Head Start and Family Services will be used to help fund its Oral Health Education and Access project. This project provides oral health care services to expectant mothers and 800 children, age 5 and younger, who are enrolled in the Head Start and Early Head Start programs. The Oral Health Education and Access project also provides annual dental exams to children, age 3 and older, through dental clinics held at six child development centers every August for families without a dental home. If a child is identified as needing follow-up treatment or oral surgery, Riverbend partners with area dental providers to ensure the child receives the necessary treatment at no cost.

 

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Read about past Community Grants Program Recipients.
2015 Community Grants Program Recipients

As part of our commitment to improve children’s oral health in Illinois, the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation awarded $149,165 to 16 organizations through the Community Grants Program. These organizations were selected as a result of their dedication and commitment to helping improve access to oral health care and/or education for Illinois children.

“A staggering amount of children in Illinois suffer from preventable dental disease, as well as face significant barriers to access the oral health care they need,” said Lora Vitek, director of philanthropy and community relations for the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation. “The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation developed its Community Grants Program as a way to help combat tooth decay and improve access to care. We are proud to support each of these 16 organizations as they help us further our mission of improving oral health in Illinois by providing essential oral health services to children across the state.”

The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation awarded grants to the following organizations that help advance the oral health of Illinois children. 

Asian Human Services Family Health Center Inc., Chicago
The grant will allow the Asian Human Services Family Health Center Inc. to add a fourth operatory room to its dental clinic. This expansion will help ensure that an additional 100 children will receive high quality dental care and oral health education every month. 

Douglas County Health Department, Tuscola
In partnership with the Wellness on Wheels bus, the Douglas County Health Department Dental Clinic will use the grant to provide oral health awareness and education to the Amish population within Coles, Douglas and Moultrie counties. Children from nine different parochial schools between the ages of 5 and 18 will receive exams, cleanings and sealants through the bus, and any children needing restorative services will be seen at the on-site dental clinic. 

Erie Family Health Center, Chicago
To encourage patient retention, the Erie Family Health Center aims to focus their efforts on integrating medical and dental appointments at the same time. The grant will help support this effort and ultimately provide oral health care to at-risk families who would not otherwise have access to care. 

Giant Steps, Lisle
Giant Steps will use the grant to expand its dental training program that focuses on making dental visits a more positive experience for patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in DuPage, Kane, McHenry and South Suburban Cook counties. In addition, the grant will enable Giant Steps to provide every dentist involved in the training with dental education materials to promote the training in their dental offices. 

Hancock County Health Department, Carthage
The Hancock County Health Department’s dental clinic will use the grant to purchase dental tools and equipment to furnish two new examination rooms. The new equipment will help provide urgent dental treatment to an estimated 1,200 children in 2016. 

The Hope Institute for Children and Family Services, Springfield
The Hope Institute for Children and Families will soon implement sedation dentistry services for its patients, specifically children with special needs in the Noll Dental Clinic (NDC). This grant will help Hope Institute purchase the equipment and supplies necessary to run the program, allowing an additional 1,000 children to benefit from nitrous oxide sedation during dental procedures – something that is key in treating some patients with special needs. 

Howard Area Community Center, Chicago
The grant will support Howard Area Community Center’s Mobile Dental Clinic as they deliver oral health education and care for children living below the federal poverty level. Children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years will have on-site dental screenings, and parents will receive education on how to help their children maintain good oral health. 

Illinois Central College, Peoria
Illinois Central College will use the grant to purchase a PAN DXTTR, a panoramic dental X-ray training unit. This training unit includes a special manikin that will help students and clinical staff become proficient at obtaining panoramic X-rays of the jaw before they treat patients. 

Illinois State Dental Society Foundation, Springfield
Illinois State Dental Society Foundation will use the grant to help support the Illinois Mission of Mercy, a two-day dental clinic that provides free dental care to Illinois residents. The event will be held in July 2016 in Collinsville with a goal to provide care to about 400 Illinois children. 

Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, Chicago
The grant will help fund the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago’s oral health program for low-income pediatric patients. The program provides preventive and restorative care, oral surgery and orthodontic services, and will serve over 5,300 children in 2016. 

The Milestone Dental Clinic, Rockford
The Milestone Dental Clinic is a stand-alone clinic serving only developmentally disabled children and adults from 34 counties in Illinois. Funding will help Milestone provide individualized care to children seen at the clinic. 

OSF Saint Francis Medical Center – Wellness Services, Peoria
The grant will help support Saint Francis Medical Center’s newest endeavor, the Order of Saint Francis (OSF) Mobile Dental Project. This mobile dental clinic will provide dental exams, cleanings and education to an estimated 700 children over the next year in Peoria. 

Pike County Health Department, Pittsfield
The Pike County Health Department will use the grant to help fund salary and dental supply costs for its dental clinic. The clinic currently serves more than 1,500 at-risk children from 14 counties, and the grant will allow the clinic to see an additional 100 patients every month. 

Promise Healthcare, Champaign
Promise Healthcare will use the grant to help fund a dental hygienist for the Frances Nelson Health Center well-child and prenatal clinics. The dental hygienist will provide oral health education and introduce patients to the on-site dental center. The well-child and prenatal clinics expect to serve over 500 children and 250 pregnant women.  

Riverbend Head Start and Family Services, Inc., Alton
The Riverbend Head Start and Family Services provide dental screenings, dental care and oral health education to pregnant women and children, from birth to age 5, with the Oral Health Education and Access Project. More than 850 low-income children, pregnant women and families will have access to oral health services in Madison County. 

Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Charleston
The Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center serves low-income children between the ages of 10 months and 18 years who have no access to dental insurance. The center provides a dental home and access to preventive and restorative dental care. The grant will help increase the amount of children served with its restorative dental care services by equipping its on-site clinic with two operatories.

2014 Community Grants Program Recipients

The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, the 501(c)(3) philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Illinois, awarded $99,884 in community grants to 12 Illinois organizations to help improve the oral health of children within the state.

Crusader Community Health, Rockford

Crusader Community Health is opening a school-based health center on the campus of Auburn High School this fall. The grant will support a program that addresses adolescent oral health with students creating oral health video messages aimed at their peers. 

Douglas County Health Department, Tuscola

The grant will support a partnership between the Douglas County Health Department Dental Clinic and the Wellness on Wheels van, which will make visits to Amish and Mennonite schools in Douglas and Moultrie Counties. Children in these counties between the ages of 5 and 15 will receive education, exams, cleanings and referrals.

Giant Steps, Lisle

Because a dental appointment can be an extremely frightening experience for children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), many do not go to a dentist regularly and as a result, have poor oral health. Giant Steps will use the grant to host a training workshop for dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants on making a dental visit a positive experience for people with ASD. The goal of the workshop is to increase the number of regular dental visits for individuals with ASD.  

Lake County Health Department and Community Health, Waukegan

Lake County Health Department and Community Health will use the grant to pilot an oral health outreach and education program at 10 preventive oral health outreach clinics that collectively will serve 2,000 children who participate in Head Start in Waukegan. The children will receive dental screenings, cavity risk assessments and fluoride varnish applications, and their families will receive oral health education on the importance of having a dental home. 

Lake Land College, Mattoon

Students at Lake Land College Dental Hygiene Clinic conduct oral exams, cleanings, X-rays and fluoride treatments under the supervision of instructors. The grant will provide funding for a PAN DXTTR, a tool for teaching extraoral radiographic imaging, which will be used to train dental hygiene students and clinical and technical staff. 

Logan County Department of Public Health, Lincoln

The Logan County Department of Public Health will use the grant to incorporate oral health education during Women, Infants and Children (WIC) appointments. Part of the education includes follow-up to make sure women and children are continuing their biannual dental exams. 

Midwestern University, Downers Grove

Midwestern University will collaborate with DuPage County and use the grant to augment an existing county program where fourth-year dental students educate and treat preschool and elementary children from lower socioeconomic families in the county. The grant will help fund portable dental equipment, oral health instruction and supplies, without which the program could not operate. 

Pike County Health Department, Pittsfield

Pike County Health Department will use the grant to add a dentist delivery unit to an operatory, enabling the department to have four fully functional operatories and be better equipped to treat more than 1,500 children. 

Promise Healthcare, Champaign

As part of Promise Healthcare’s SmileHealthy Well Child Hygiene Project, the grant will support a dental hygienist for the Frances Nelson Health Center Well-Child and Prenatal Clinics, who will provide oral health education and introduce the patients to an on-site dental center. Nearly 500 children and 250 pregnant women are expected to be served through these clinics.

Riverbend Head Start & Family Services, Alton

Riverbend Head Start & Family Services will use the grant to help provide oral health care through its Oral Health Education and Access project, which provides dental screenings, preventive care, cavity treatment and oral health education to more than 945 low-income expectant parents and children from birth to age 5 in Madison County. 

Tazewell County Health Department, Tremont

Tazewell County Health Department operates a general dental clinic, providing preventive, restorative and emergency dental services to county residents. The health department will use the grant to repair one of the operatories in its dental clinic that has been nonoperational for more than three years, allowing the health department to treat more children in Tazewell County. 

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry’s Postgraduate Pediatric Dentistry program provides comprehensive dental care for patients from birth to age 16. The grant, coupled with other funding, will allow the university to complete two general anesthesia suites. Once complete, the university will be able to schedule 1,350 patients on an annual basis.

 

2013 Community Grants Program Recipients

The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, the 501(c)(3) philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Illinois, recently awarded $208,000 to 14 Illinois organizations to help improve the oral health of children within the state. 

The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation awarded the following grants to help improve the oral health of Illinois children. 

 

Community Nurse Health Association, LaGrange

Community Nurse Health Association serves as a dental home for low-income children and provides continuity of oral health care for currently enrolled patients and access for new patients, including those connected through the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation’s Land of Smiles program. The grant will provide two dental visits for approximately 160 children ages 1 to 17.

Douglas County Health Department, Tuscola

The grant will support a partnership between the Douglas County Health Department Dental Clinic and the Wellness on Wheels van, which will make two trips to the Amish and Mennonite schools in Douglas and Moultrie Counties. Children between the ages of 5 and 15 will receive education, exams, cleanings and referrals.

Erie Family Health Center, Chicago

Erie Family Health Center will use the grant to expand its oral health services to the Evanston/Skokie Health Center and realize one of its key strategic goals of strengthening the integration of medical and dental services to provide comprehensive and holistic patient-centered care.

Howard Area Community Center, Chicago

The Howard Area Dental Clinic has a year-round program that delivers oral health education and awareness and access to care for 250 Illinois children living below the poverty level. Funding will help support outreach and education efforts, as well as deliver screenings and the development of treatment plans.

Illinois State Dental Society Foundation, Springfield

The grant will help fund Illinois Mission of Mercy, a two-day program that travels throughout the state to provide free dental care to patients who otherwise would not have access to oral health care. Funding will help support the projected 400 children who will receive service during the event.

Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, Chicago

The grant will help fund a dentist to provide oral health care to Infant Welfare Society of Chicago’s low income, uninsured patients, including 300 children. The organization’s innovative pediatric dental program addresses both access to care and oral health education and awareness and currently serves nearly 2,000 children annually ages six months to 18 years and provides prenatal dental screenings for more than 500 pregnant women.

Lake Land College, Mattoon

At Lake Land College Dental Hygiene Clinic, student hygienists conduct oral exams, cleanings, x-rays and fluoride treatments under the supervision of instructors. The grant provides funding for a digital panoramic unit, which will allow the clinic to more safely serve approximately 250 children, ages 18 months to 18 years.

Little City Foundation, Palatine

Little City Foundation’s Center for Health and Wellness Oral Health Program provides access to comprehensive, best practice oral health care and treatment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Little City Foundation plans to serve more than 150 children with physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities with this grant.

McHenry County Cooperative Dental Clinic, Woodstock

Funding will help McHenry County Cooperative Dental Clinic provide comprehensive early intervention oral health education to new parents and caregivers participating in the McHenry County WIC program. It is anticipated that this grant will help the clinic serve 200 Illinois children (newborn to 36 months).

Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society, Oak Park

The Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society’s Oral Health Education and Outreach Program addresses barriers to affordable preventive dental care as well as the gaps in health knowledge that reduce positive health outcomes for the low-income children in the communities it serves. Two components of the program will be funded with this grant: direct service and health education. In 2014, 1,000 Illinois elementary school students will receive preventive dental care through the Portable Dentistry Program. Additionally, 2,700 Illinois elementary and preschool students and parents will participate in classroom-based Oral Health and Nutrition Education workshops.

Promise Healthcare, Champaign

As part of the SmileHealthy Well Child Hygiene Project, the grant will support a dental hygienist for the Frances Nelson Health Center well-child and prenatal clinics, including oral health education and introduction of patients to an onsite dental center. Nearly 1,500 children are expected to be served through the well child clinic, as well as 250 pregnant women, preparing them to take care of their children’s oral health.

Riverbend Head Start & Family Services, Alton

Riverbend Head Start’s Oral Health Access project provides dental screenings, preventive care, cavity treatment and oral health education to children from birth to age 5 and expectant parents in Madison County. The grant will help provide access to oral health services for more than 850 low-income infants, toddlers, preschoolers and expectant parents through child development programs that promote school readiness.

The Children’s Place Association, Chicago

The grant will help support the Dental Health Program for HIV/AIDS affected preschoolers, specifically supporting the school nurse position at the Early Learning Center. The position coordinates dental health care and education for these children, including arranging biannual on-site dental exams through a visiting “Dental Van” for 65 children ages 2 to 5.

The Hope School, Springfield

Funding will support Noll Dental Clinic staff, who provide a full range of oral health care services to children with special needs, including desensitization, preventive and restorative dental services. This population of children has extremely limited access to oral health care in central Illinois. The school plans to provide services and education to 1,000 children in 2014.

 

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