Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation has awarded grant funding in the amount of $15,000 to Esperança’s “Learning with a Smile Program” that takes place in Head Start programs as well as the Washington, Osborn, Isaac and Murphy elementary school districts and will be expanding to Alhambra soon.
“Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation is a long-standing partner with Esperanca,” said James Hoyt, president and CEO of Esperança. “We’re so appreciative of their commitment and ongoing support. Our goal is to prevent poor oral health that can lead to a host of other health problems experienced later in life.”
The Learning with a Smile Program allows Esperança Health Educators to provide oral health education to children and adults from low-income, primarily Spanish-speaking communities. These individuals reside at or below 135 percent of the federal poverty level and are typically un-or under-insured. Due to their economic and language barriers, they do not have access to preventative oral health education and the referrals for free or low-cost dental care we are able to provide in conjunction with our partnering dental clinics.
In addition, Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation has donated $1,196 in dental supplies to provide patients with “smile bags,” which contain a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss. To learn more about the grant or the Learning with a Smile Program, please contact María Valenzuela, Phoenix Program Director at 602-252-7772.
About Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation
Promoting good oral health and preventing dental disease using evidence-based strategies such as fluoride treatments, dental sealants, education and instruction are the focus of the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation. Grants support a wide range of programs serving children and youth at risk for cavities. School-based programs reach students without dental insurance through oral screenings and dental sealants. Targeted initiatives to reduce tobacco and drug use in middle and high school aged students reduce at risk behaviors adversely affecting dental health. In the past decade, the Foundation has given back more than $3 million to the community, giving people a reason to smile. For more information on the Foundation, please visit: www.deltadentalaz.com/foundation.
Since 1970, Esperança has been providing programs to improve the health and well being of the world’s poor. Headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., this international nonprofit provides volunteer surgical missions, health education, training of community health workers, secure ecological housing, clean water and sanitation projects, micro enterprise, sustainable agricultural development, oral health education, and sends donated and recycled medical equipment and supplies to project sites around the world. Esperança’s goal is to build clean, sustainable and healthy communities worldwide. To learn more, visit: www.wetransformlives.org.