Local Chicago organizations receive grants to improve children’s oral health 

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DELTA DENTAL promotes quality dental care and expands oral health education efforts for the entire family. (Photo courtesy Delta Dental of Illinois)

Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable arm of Delta Dental of Illinois, announced its 2019 Community Grants Program recipients. The Foundation awarded more than $200,000 to 23 nonprofit and community organizations throughout the region with programs and services that improve children’s oral health in Illinois.

“For the past seven years, we have been providing grants to organizations that share our mission to improve the health of Illinoisans,” said Lora Vitek, executive director of the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation. “Our Community Grants Program has provided more than $1 million to help these organizations increase access to quality dental care and expand their oral health education efforts. We are honored to partner with this year’s Community Grants recipients to help reduce dental disease in our state.”

The following Chicago organizations are among the recipients of Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation’s 2019 Community Grants. Included are the amounts of each grant:

Erie Family Health Centers, $10,000; Heartland Alliance – The Oral Health Forum (OHF), $10,000; Howard Area Community Center, $10,000; Infant Welfare Society (IWS) of Chicago, $10,000; Mobile Care Chicago, $10,000; University of Illinois Board of Trustees UIC Department of Pediatric Dentistry, $10,000; Girls in the Game and Chicago Dental Society Foundation, $5,000.

The next application cycle for community grants will start in the fall of 2020. To learn more about the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Community Grants Program or to support the Foundation, visit https://www.deltadentalil.com/ddilfoundation/programs/community-grants-program/.

The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation was formed in March 2008 by Delta Dental of Illinois, a not-for-profit dental service corporation with a mission to improve overall health and well-being. Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation is the 501(c)(3) charitable arm of Delta Dental of Illinois. In the past decade, combined efforts of Delta Dental of Illinois and Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation have provided more than $8 million to programs and organizations in Illinois that improve the oral health of the state’s residents. For additional information about Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, see www.deltadentalil.com.

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