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Halifax Regional Development Foundation gets dental grant

SoVaNow.com / April 10, 2014
Uninsured dental patients in three Virginia communities are benefitting from a Sentara Healthcare grant to the Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF.) The $200,000 Sentara grant in December 2012 was the initial match to a challenge grant from the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation.

The total of grant funds now committed to community dental programs has grown to $695,000.

“Access to oral health care is the number one unmet healthcare need in Virginia according to surveys in many communities,” said Debbie Oswalt, executive director of the Virginia Health Care Foundation. “We are grateful to Sentara for making the first contribution to the challenge grant just weeks after it was offered,”

Funds were used to hire dentists, expand services and consult with the DentaQuest Institute’s ‘Safety Net Solutions’ team, which focuses on patient outcomes, best practices and optimizing program finances.

The three recipients of dental grant funds include:

The Lackey Free Clinic in Yorktown

The Halifax Regional Development Foundation in South Boston

The Hampton Roads Community Health Center in Hampton Roads.

“This is the kind of partnership that makes things happen,” said Meril Amdursky, executive director of the Sentara Foundation - Hampton Roads. “We are excited to see so much tangible value achieved for so many patients as a result of our participation.”

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