In October, 2015, Delta Dental of Rhode Island announced a series of major gifts totaling more than $1 million to support programs, clinics and professionals working to provide critical oral health care to those most in need across the state. The grants, made through the company’s charitable arm, the Delta Dental of Rhode Island Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation, marked the single largest infusion of funds to support access to affordable dental services among Rhode Island’s safety net populations.
"We are very grateful to Delta Dental for their support of our participation in Operation Stand Down Rhode Island. It is an honor for Thundermist and our staff to provide this much-needed dental care to our homeless veterans, who have sacrificed so much in service to our country."
—Chuck Jones, president/CEO
Thundermist Health Center
"Integrating behavioral health, oral health and primary care leads to healthier lives. Too often, dental care is out of reach for needy Rhode Islanders. Thanks to the leadership and generosity of Delta Dental, community health centers now have the resources to bridge that gap for so many."
—Neil Steinberg, president and CEO
The Rhode Island Foundation
"The impact of Delta Dental’s grant to the Samuels Sinclair Dental Center at Rhode Island Hospital will be felt by thousands of Rhode Islanders for years to come, with a particular focus on children who otherwise would not have access to the essential dental care they need. There is no question that oral health goes hand-in-hand with overall health, and with these funds, we will be able to add new equipment and technologies that will help us to provide up to 4,000 more patient visits annually; words alone cannot express our appreciation to Delta Dental for their generosity."
—Timothy J. Babineau, MD, president and CEO
"The Delta Dental grant could not be more timely as it will allow us to offer urgently needed dental services in Central Falls at the new dental office we have planned for our Neighborhood Health Station at the former Notre Dame Ambulatory Center. Additionally, the funds will allow us to enhance the capabilities of our electronic dental record by deploying Real Time Location System technology into our workflow, thus improving patient throughput, patient satisfaction, and patient and staff safety."
—Raymond Lavoie, executive director
Blackstone Valley Community Health Care
"The goal of the Scituate Health Alliance is to make certain that primary dental care, including an annual oral check-up, cleaning and dental visits for pain relief are available to all Scituate residents, regardless of whether they have dental insurance or not. This grant from Delta Dental will allow us to promote our program and to contract with local dental practices to provide these services for Scituate residents."
—John Marchant, president
Scituate Health Alliance
The grants included $350,000 to the Samuels Sinclair Dental Center at Rhode Island Hospital, $350,000 to Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, $350,000 to Providence Community Health Centers, $15,000 to the Scituate Health Alliance and $12,000 to support the Thundermist Dental Tent at Operation Stand Down weekend.
“As the state’s largest dental insurer, we are committed to the oral health of all Rhode Islanders, not just those fortunate enough to have Delta Dental coverage,” said Joe Nagle, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Rhode Island. “Through our ongoing conversations with our community partners, we know that access and affordability continue to be true barriers to oral health care for far too many Rhode Islanders. These grants will help eliminate those barriers and ensure that our community partners can connect more of our state’s most vulnerable citizens with the quality oral health care they deserve.”