A total of $550,000 has been contributed by the Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation to the Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation, the Kansas Dental Association's (KDA) giving arm, to assist in funding the Kansas Initiative for New Dentists program. The KIND program focuses on bringing dental care to sparsely populated areas of Kansas. The program, which designates areas of the state as "dental deserts," offers loan repayments and grants to attract dentists to these key areas. In addition to providing financial support for these future dentists, the KIND program works with local communities to determine other opportunities for support to make recruitment efforts successful. The 2013 scholarship recipients are Nathan Schmidt who would like to practice in Wallace County, Brittany Owens who would like to practice in Marion County and Taylor Allen-Merklein who would like to practice in Doniphan County.
"The KDA is pleased with our partnership with the Foundation on the KIND program as we work hand-in-hand in encouraging new dentists to practice in Kansas and ultimately help solve dental access issues in rural Kansas," said Keven Robertson, Executive Director, KDA.
The DDKS Foundation plans to bring their contribution total to one million dollars in 2014.