Delta Dental Community Care Foundation Awards $150,000 Grant to Winn Community Health Center

October 22, 2018

Winnfield, La. — The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation announced today it awarded Winn Community Health Center, Inc., (Winn CHC) a $150,000 grant to support its purchase of a mobile dental unit to serve school-aged children in Bienville, Grant, Winn, and Lincoln Parishes in Louisiana.

Winn CHC is a Federal Qualified Health Center that serves nearly 15,000 individuals throughout North Central Louisiana, and provides much needed dental care to students at schools in Bienville and Winn Parishes as well as five schools in Grant Parish. In the near future, Winn CHC plans to offer oral health services at its Lincoln health center in Ruston.

"We have partnered with the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation for the last three years to provide more oral health services to the uninsured and underserved at our various delivery sites," said Deano Thornton, CEO of Winn CHC. "The recent grant award of $150,000 from Delta Dental will assist our organization in purchasing a mobile dental unit that will travel to schools in underserved parishes of North Central Louisiana where we do not have dental services and provide needed preventive and restorative care to children and adolescents who would never have access."

The grant is one of 18 given in Louisiana this year by the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation to help improve the oral health of disadvantaged children and adults by removing barriers to quality dental care. Since its inception in 2011, the Foundation has awarded more than $2 million in grants to organizations throughout Louisiana.

"We're delighted to collaborate with Winn Community Health Center in improving the oral health and enhancing the lives of underserved children and adults in Louisiana," said Karen Robinson, vice president of corporate affairs for Delta Dental and executive director of the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation. "Our impact is only as strong as our partnerships, and we could not make a difference without the hard work and dedication of the organizations we support."

“We are greatly appreciative and thankful to Delta Dental for this grant and we look forward to our continued collaboration to provide oral health services to the underserved population of North Central Louisiana,” added Thornton.

About Delta Dental Community Care Foundation

The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental Insurance Company and its affiliated companies including Delta Dental of California, Delta Dental of New York, Inc., and Delta Dental of Pennsylvania. Since 2011, the Foundation has awarded nearly $39 million in funding and support to increase access to quality dental care, oral health education, and advance scientific research across the company's 15-state service area and the District of Columbia.

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