Woodstock, Vermont,—The Ottauquechee Health Foundation of Woodstock, Vermont, has been awarded a $1,000 grant by the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation to support the SMILES Oral Health Screening program to provide access to dental care for adults who do not have dental insurance.
Since 1997, the Ottauquechee Health Foundation (OHF) has continued to serve a mission to promote and support programs that identify and help meet the health care needs in the towns of Barnard, Bridgewater, Hartland, Killington, Plymouth, Pomfret, Reading, Quechee, and Woodstock. OHF has provided over $3.2 million in support of both individuals and organizations to address the health needs of people over the past 20 years.
The mission of the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation is to improve access to, and the quality of, oral health care and education for the public and the dental communities in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The Foundation has awarded grants in Vermont since 1995. Most notably, it supports the state-wide Vermont Head Start Early Head Start Tooth Tutor Program. Northeast Delta Dental administers dental benefits in Vermont and offers dental insurance programs for organizations of all sizes and individuals and families with no access to employer-funded dental benefits programs.
“Access to quality oral health care is something we take seriously at Northeast Delta Dental, and, we know that the cost of this care is often a barrier. We are proud to partner with the Ottauquechee Health Foundation to help make achieving optimal oral health a little bit easier,” said Crystal Carroll, manager of community relations at Northeast Delta Dental.
Since July of 2015, the SMILES program has delivered oral health screening services to 140 adults and has also provided 47 six month follow-up appointments for 47 of the 140 participants. The participants reside in 25 distinct towns of the Upper Valley demonstrating the vast geographic need for access to affordable oral health care.
Sherry Thornburg, Executive Director, Ottauquechee Health Foundation, states: “The goal for SMILES is to find a prevention based program for oral health versus responding to urgent oral health needs through OHF’s Good Neighbor Grant program or from patients presenting in local hospital emergency rooms for oral health issues.
Thanks to this generous grant from the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation, more individuals in our community will receive the oral health care treatment they need.”
For more information about the Ottauquechee Health Foundation and the SMILES program, contact Sherry Thornburg, 802-457-4188.