Healthy Connections, Inc. recently received $22,405.00 from the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation. The grant dollars will help purchase much needed pediatric dental equipment to render a positive dental experience for children seen at their clinic. Healthy Connections, Inc. (HCI) offers the communities in western Arkansas an array of medical, dental and social services. More importantly, HCI administers quality dental and medical services at a discounted fee to a growing population of Medicaid, Medicare, uninsured and underinsured individuals. One successful outreach program administered by Healthy Connections, Inc. every February for the past fifteen years is a dental sealant project. Sealants are offered to every second through sixth grade student in Polk County. U of A Fort Smith Dental Hygiene students partner with Healthy Connections to apply sealants.
Through the Community Grant program, the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation seeks to expand access to oral health care in underserved areas. Grant recipients were selected based on the innovativeness of the proposed project and its potential impact on the oral health of Arkansans.
“We are proud to recognize the work being done by Healthy Connections, Inc. by selecting it as one of our grant recipients,” said Weldon Johnson, Executive Director of the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation. “By increasing access to dental care, we can help improve the oral and overall health and well-being of children and adults by preventing serious health issues down the road.”
The Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation is committed to fulfilling Delta Dental’s mission to improve the oral health of Arkansans. Since 2015, the Foundation has contributed an average of $3 million dollars annually to support oral health programs and initiatives. By investing in education, prevention and treatment, we are working to make Arkansas healthier, one smile at a time. For more oral health news and information, visit www.DeltaDentalAR.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram at @DeltaDentalAR.