The School of Dental Medicine received a $50,000 grant from the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation to support its efforts in the fight against COVID-19 and related crises, and to advance access to care for those in need. Dr. Christina Demopoulos created a plan and will lead the effort to maximize the gift’s impact. The money will be used to accomplish the following during the coming year:
- Expand the delivery of care within the Saturday Morning Community Clinics for children 13 to 18, and ensure continuity of care for Give Kids a Smile patients up to the age of 18. This will enable the school to provide treatments to an additional 500 children.
- Continue the Early Childhood Caries Prevention Program (ECCPP), which will include travel to many of the state’s rural counties and enable an additional 1,500 children to receive treatments.
- Offset the costs of direct care for families that cannot afford dental treatment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which will help deliver care to approximately 500 patients.