Delta Dental of California has donated $25,000 toward the Foundation’s CDA Cares clinics.
Delta Dental of California, the state’s largest dental health plan, made the donation in an effort to help people who have been affected by California’s budget cuts, specifically to the dental safety net.
“With the elimination of the adult Denti-Cal program three years ago, both of our organizations have been concerned with access to care by that population, with the problem compounded by the economy,” said Beverly Kodama, DDS, member of the Delta Dental of California’s Board of Directors. “CDA Cares is a fine example of the dental profession reaching out to this population, and Delta Dental is pleased to support the effort.”
State budget cuts eliminated virtually all adult Denti-Cal benefits in 2009, impacting more than 3 million poor, disabled and elderly Californians. CDA Cares was created to provide free dental services and oral health education to Californians who experience barriers to care. It is also intended to raise awareness with the public and policymakers about the need for a state dental director and infrastructure to ensure an adequately funded safety net and develop policies to improve the oral health of Californians.
“Delta Dental’s generosity toward our efforts to provide dental care to Californians in need is very much appreciated and will be put to good use,” said Don Rollofson, DMD, chair of the CDA Foundation. “Delta makes significant contributions to many nonprofit organizations and we are pleased to be one of them.”
CDA and the CDA Foundation hosted the first two CDA Cares clinics in 2012. The Modesto clinic in May provided $1.2 million in dental care to more than 1,650 people, and the Sacramento clinic provided $1.6 million in care to 2,026 patients. At the two-day clinics, dentists and dental professionals provided cleanings, fillings, extractions, oral health education and assistance in finding a dental home. In addition, between the two events, volunteers provided nearly 400 complete and partial dentures and prosthetic treatments.
“Delta Dental is very aware of the underserved populations and wanted to fill that gap,” Kodama said. “They are dedicated to reducing barriers to care and very much aware that there are people who have nowhere else to turn.”
The next CDA Cares clinic is expected to be held in the Bay Area this spring.
“Delta Dental looks forward to working together further with the profession to help this needy population,” Kodama said.
For more information on the clinics or to volunteer, visit cdafoundation.org/cdacares.