October, 2018 — Delta Dental of Rhode Island (DDRI) has announced a series of major gifts totaling more than $1.5 million to support programs, clinics and professionals working to provide critical oral health care to those most in need across Rhode Island. The gifts align with Delta Dental of Rhode Island’s commitment to supporting the oral health of all Rhode Islanders.
The grants, made through the Delta Dental of Rhode Island Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation, are a significant investment in the state’s critical oral health care infrastructure. During the last decade, Delta Dental of Rhode Island has donated more than $8 million to support a wide range of organizations and causes that help Rhode Islanders.
“We value our strong relationships with our community partners, particularly those that help Rhode Islanders who routinely face barriers of access and affordability in caring for their oral health,” said Joseph A. Nagle, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Rhode Island. “We tailor our corporate philanthropy strategically to support entities that focus on meeting the needs of our state’s most vulnerable citizens.”
Delta Dental of Rhode Island’s latest round of grantees include Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, Providence Community Health Centers, Rhode Island Free Clinic, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, Rhode Island Mission of Mercy, and Thundermist Health Center.
“The continued support of Delta Dental of Rhode Island has helped Providence Community Health Centers further expand the dental care we’re able to provide in our practice,” said Merrill R. Thomas, chief executive officer of Providence Community Health Centers. “As we celebrate 50 years of caring for the community, we’re proud of this evolution in the oral health care services we offer.”
Raymond J. Lavoie, executive director of Blackstone Valley Community Health Care (BVCHC), credited Delta Dental of Rhode Island with supporting the purchase of dental equipment for eight dental operatories in its new Central Falls facility.
“The generosity of Delta Dental has made it possible for Blackstone Valley to offer dental services in Central Falls for the first time. We look forward to providing oral health care services to an increased number of Central Falls patients in our new facility,” he said.
Marie Ghazal, chief executive officer of the Rhode Island Free Clinic, thanked Delta Dental of Rhode Island for its support of a new dental facility at the Clinic.
“We recently launched the Delta Dental Suite at the Rhode Island Free Clinic, which will provide oral health care to our patients,” she said. “Given what we know about the importance of oral health to a person’s overall health, this new capacity at our clinic fulfills a critical need for the people we serve.”