The Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation works to:
Organizations applying for a grant must have a physical presence in the state of Kansas and the project for which are requested must predominantly benefit people living in Kansas. Priority will be given to proposals that emphasize prevention; improve access to dental services; have measurable improvement goals and show strong community support for the project.
Grants will be limited to projects related to the advancement or oral health.
Visit our Community Dental Health Grant Program, Toothbrush Kit Program, and Matching Gift Program pages to learn more about each opportunity.
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Organizations that receive grants often provide services for Kansans outside of the county they are headquartered in.
The Douglas County Dental Clinic (DCDC) was founded by a group of community leaders who wanted to create a dental home for low-income community members. The clinic is located in Lawrence, Kansas, and began in 1999 as a volunteer clinic. Since then, the clinic has grown to become a full-time dental clinic with 11 staff members providing general dentistry to 490 patients each month. The DCDC provides comprehensive general dentistry including emergency, diagnostic, preventative and restorative treatments to low-income individuals of any age.
For the past several years, the Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation has provided funding for the purchase of dental equipment, technology, dental treatment supplies and portable dental hygiene equipment for a mobile program. The Foundation has also helped with outreach efforts by providing more than 5,000 child and adult toothbrush kits. Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation funds have helped the DCDC expand the clinic's capacity to care for the underserved of Douglas, Franklin, Jefferson and Shawnee counties in Kansas. Learn more about the clinic at the Douglas County Dental Clinic Web site.
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The Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation has donated more than $200,000 to Johnson County Community College (JCCC) for improvements to the Dental Hygiene Program and partial funding of the Oral Health On Wheels Vehicle.
The Johnson County Community College (JCCC) Dental Hygiene Program began an expansion project in 2008. The project was part of a larger facilities renovation to design a state-of-the-art clinical facility for dental hygienists, which meets industry standards for safety, efficiency and ergonomic function. The project increases the annual class size from 26 to 30 students; expanded radiology laboratory opportunities; increased the service capacity of the Dental Hygiene Clinic; and expanded preventative services for uninsured individuals.
Delta Dental of Kansas provided a $125,000 grant in 2008. The grant equipped four operatories, eight radiology units and consoles, purchased state-of-the-art ultrasonic sterilization equipment and purchased 2,608 toothbrush kits for distribution at community health fair presentations.
The Oral Health on Wheels (OHOW) is a mobile dental clinic serving underserved populations in Johnson County, Kansas. The program was formally launched in the spring of 2008 under the auspices of the Dental Hygiene Program at Johnson County Community College.
OHOW is a 10-foot by 40-foot diesel truck loaded with a refrigerator, microwave, radio, sterilization unit, two treatment rooms, patient waiting area and wheelchair lift. The unit is staffed at all times by a board certified dentist, a professor of dental hygiene and two senior level dental hygiene students who have met proficiency requirements. The dentist and dental hygiene professor supervise students as the clean, polish, examine, X-ray and interact with special needs patients during a three-week clinical rotation.
In 2006, the Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation provided a $75,000 grant towards the purchase of the Oral Health on Wheels vehicle.
The JCCC Oral Health on Wheels program is addressing a significant, long-standing service access issue for individuals with developmental disabilities. Overwhelming research-based consenus shows that people with devlopmental disabilities have much higher rates of poor oral hygiene and care than the general population.
The OHOW clinic takes oral hygiene services directly to places where large numbers of underserved and special needs clients are located. All services available through OHOW are provided at no charge to the client. Never has access to dental hygiene services more convenient!
In 2007, the Kansas Legislature appropriated $500,000 for an innovative dental "hub and spoke" program. The program is designed to address both economic and geographic barriers to care that many Kansans face. It increases the number of oral health professionals in safety net clinics (the hubs) and promotes the use of Extended Care Permit dental hygienists in off-site areas (the spokes). Spokes can be located at schools, child care centers, senior centers and other community settings that are in the hub's geographic area.
The Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved (KAMU) represents 41 primary care safety net clinics across Kansas that serve the uninsured and underinsured regardless of their ability to pay.
After initial funding from the Kansas Legislature, total funding of the project increased to almost $2.5 million with commitments from five foundations, including the Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation which provided a grant of $213,000. Eight safety net clinics were selected to receive Dental Hub grants in a competitive process. These clinics include:
In 2008, the Kansas Legislature appropriated an additional $500,000 for the Dental Hub program. Total funding for the second round of the project reached $2.8 million with commitments from five foundations including a $250,000 grant from the Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation. Funding was awarded to the following clinics:
The Dental Hub III grant is a two-year collaborative, public/private effort intended to increase the capacity of the Kansas safety net clinics. By increasing access to care in the Hutchinson and Garden City areas of the state, increasing the number of oral health professionals in safety net clinics and promoting their use of Extended Care Permit dental hygienists in off-site areas, this grant expands geographic access to underserved populations across the state. The grant also funds the creation of a pediatric specialty clinic at the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas in Pittsburg. The Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation provided a $100,000 grant towards the total project cost of $850,000.
The Kansas Children's Service League (KCSL) is a private non-profit agency that has been dedicated to meeting the changing needs of children and families in Kansas since 1893. The League merged with the Kansas Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse in 1993 and therefore became the Kansas Chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA). Upon becoming the Kansas Chapter of PCAA, KCSL expanded their prevention services to include Child Abuse Prevention Month activities, the Community Resource Library, the Governor's Conference on the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Parents Helping Parents Support Groups and the Parent Helpline.
In the United States, April is national Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation provided funding from 2005 to 2007 for child abuse and dental neglect information packets that were sent annually to more than 12,000 state-mandated reporters including childcare providers, school and public health officials and dental professionals. Each packet contained information about recognizing and reporting suspected cases of child abuse or dental neglect as well as resources to promote child abuse prevention. Learn more on the Kansas Children's Service League Web site.
In 2010, Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation awarded a $3,390 grant to the Kansas Children's Service League which was used to purchase 500 books and 16 training manuals for the Healthy Teeth for Healthy Families Program. The program is an intensive home visitation program which strives to prevent child maltreatment and increase family and child oral health and well-being. Annually they serve more than 550 families of new and expectant parents facing multiple stressors in 17 Kansas counties.
The state of Kansas has a law requiring schools to provide an annual free oral health screening for all students in kindgergarten through 12th grade. All students must receive an exam unless the student has documentation showing he/she has seen a dentist in the three months prior to the school screening date.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment's (KDHE) Bureau of Oral Health helps schools comply with the state law by providing screening supplies and toothbrushes and by connecting schools with qualified local dental professionals who are willing to volunteer at the screenings. The Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation provides funding to KDHE's Bureau of Oral Health to purchase the necessary supplies. The Foundation also provides toothbrush kits that are distributed to students after they are screened.
In the first year of the school screening initiative supported by KDHE and the Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation, nearly 56,000 students received a free dental exam. In 2009, the number of students screened increased to 75,000. Not only do school screenings alert parents and students to the importance of good oral hygiene and the need for dental treatment, they also provide the state of Kansas with valuable data about the oral health of Kansas kids. The data is available to the public on the KDHE Web site.
In 2011, Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation approved a grant of $25,000 to the Bureau of Oral Health - KDHE which was used to purchase dental screening supplies for the KDHE School Screening Project. A total of 124,010 students were screened. For the 2010-11 school year, over 90,000 toothbrushes were distributed across the state in conjunction to the school screening project.
Since 2004, the Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation has provided five grants totaling more than $466,341 to the Kansas Head Start. A brief description of each grant is provided below.
The 2004 grant of $29,000 was used to fund the Teeth for Two program which reached out to more than 25,000 pregnant women and their families seeking prenatal services in 35 Kansas counties. The program provided oral health consumer education materials including a flipchart, brochure and Pregnancy and Oral Health Patient Education curriculum. The Head Start program also conducted Teeth for Two workshops in Salina, Hays, Great Bend, Garden City, Manhattan, Topeka, Wichita and Kansas City, KS. More than 300 participants represented professions in dental hygiene, nutrition (WIC), early childhood, education, home visiting, nursing and child advocacy.
The goal of this program was to distribute toothbrushing kits to all Kansas Head Start children and to develop/disseminate oral health education kits for use in Head Start preschool classrooms. Through a $14,072 grant, the program distributed toothbrush kits to 8,200 children, ages 3 to 5, and to 1,870 infants and toddlers in 87 Kansas counties.
This program focused on the production and distribution of educational materials, including 1,000 Healthy Smiles flipcharts, 50,000 Great Smiles magnets. The $30,835 grant also funded the creation of a guide and ordering mechanism on the KHSA website to assist early learning and dental professionals in ordering the most appropriate materials. The materials were distributed to all Early Head Start programs, covering 87 counties and serving 8,300 families.
A grant of $10,610 provided the funding for 70 Oral Health Education kits. The kits are used on a regular basis to teach children how to brush their teeth properly, help them prepare for screenings and exams with dental professionals and understand the importance of good oral health habits. These 70 kits brought the total number of Oral Health Education kits in Head Start classrooms to 145 of the 200 classrooms across the state of Kansas.
A $311,548 five-year grant was provided to create a network of children's oral health services connecting early learning programs, safety net clinics, Extended Care Permit (ECP) hygienists and community dentists into a system across Kansas. The program funds needed equipment in six locations, disseminates a uniform educational curriculum for staff, parents and children, establishes a Children's Oral Health Advisory Council and creates an identity to raise visibility and awareness about oral health in pregnancy and early children.
The Kansas Mission of Mercy (KMOM) is a dental clinic funded by the Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation through public and private donations. Each year, hundreds of volunteers give their time and talent to provide dental care to uninsured, underserved populations at no cost. Since its inception in 2004, the Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation has donated or committed more than $224,100 to KMOM events.
Since 2003, more than 22,000 patients have received free dental care valued at more than $12 million. Learn more about KMOM at www.ksdentalfoudation.org
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The Topeka Correctional Facility/Greenbush Dental Laboratory Technician Program is the result of collaboration between Correction Care Solutions (CCS), The Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation, the United Methodist Health Ministries Fund (UMHMF), The Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved (KAMU) and the Kansas Department of Corrections. The program is a vocational training program for female inmates who are taught how to work on and complete full dentures, partials and repairs in order to improve their chances of employment after release. Classes are taught by a licensed dental lab technician who has experience working in private denture laboratories and the program is overseen by a volunteer board made up of three dentists and other interested parties.
To be eligible for the training program, women must be in the medium or maximum custody levels of the prison, must have a minimum of three years remaining on their sentences (to assure they have time to graduate), have a high school diploma or GED and must demonstrate appropriate eye-hand skills to allow them to be successful with the fine motor requirements of the job. In order to graduate, students must complete three phases of training: 48 weeks of curriculum instruction, a level one internship requiring semi-independent denture building using real products, and demonstration of independent denture-making abilities and proper work attitudes.
Denture cases are provided by dental clinics that serve low income patients across the state. The fee the clinics are charged for finished products is based only on the program costs. This allows for cost savings for the clinics and provides patients with dentures they may not have otherwise had.
The Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation has donated a total of $1.39 million to Wichita State University's (WSU) College of Health Professions for large-scale projects such as the expansion of the dental hygiene clinic, development of a dental residency program, as well as, construction of the program's building and a $50,000 endowed dental hygiene scholarship.
In 2004, the Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation provided $300,000 to renovate and expand the WSU dental hygiene clinic, which is now the Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation Dental Hygiene Clinic. Total funding of the project reached $1 million through commitments from six foundations, including the Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation.
The majority of funds raised created a state-of-the-art facility with a new dispensary and reception area with 24 operatories. Adding several operatories allowed the class size to increase by 20% in order to meet the increasing need for hygienists statewide. The remainder of the funds raised created an endowment to supplement additional clinical faculty salaries needed for the increased class size.
The Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation granted $250,000 to Oral Health Kansas in 2006 to fund initial research for an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program on the campus of Wichita State University. A multi-party project of Oral Health Kansas, WSU college of Health Professions, Via Christi Health Systems and GraceMed, the AEGD program is a one-to-two year residency program for dentists who desire to expand their clinical and practical knowledge. In 2008, the Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation and Delta Dental of Kansas committed an additional $3 million to the AEGD program. The joint gift, which was distributed over a 3-year period, provided funding for the construction of the AEGD building.
WSU's goal is to attract dentists looking to expand their education with a program that offers state-of-the-art technology and a broad range of clinical experience. The AEGD program is a community resource aimed at increasing oral health care while encouraging dentists to stay in Kansas and build long-term careers. Services available through the facility will include primary dental care, pediatric dentistry, implants and full mouth rehabilitation, orthodontics and advanced clinical techniques. In addition to training dentists, dental hygienists and assistants can complete their rotations at the facility.
WSU is working with its community partners through the AEGD program to increase access to oral health care in many rural and low-income Kansas communities where the need is great. The majority of Kansas counties (94 of 105), along with the cities of Topeka and Wichita, are designated as "Health Professionals Shortage Areas" for dentistry by the federal government's Health Resources and Services Administration. Kansas has 36.8 dentists per 100,000 residents, which is 33% below national targets.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the WSU AEGD building was held on July 22, 2010. You can view pictures from the ceremony in our Facebook Album.