Delta Dental donates to local nonprofit | News

Delta Dental of Arizona President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Jones recently surprised executives at A New Leaf, a local nonprofit organization providing a broad spectrum of support services to help individuals and families in need.

The donation, which was in the amount of $5,000, was the result of an employee-led voting effort that allowed team members to direct a donation to a local organization in honor of the dental insurer’s 50th anniversary. The donation will support A New Leaf’s Healthy Smiles for Life program, which provides dental hygiene education and supplies for preschool to high school age children from low-income and underinsured households.

For Jones, the donation is one of many activities commemorating Delta Dental’s 50th anniversary throughout the rest of the year. The contribution was in addition to a $10,000 community grant made toward this program by the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation earlier this year.

‚ÄúThe program impacts approximately 800 children and youth served by A New Leaf‚Äôs after-school family shelter and housing and early childhood education programs,‚ÄĚ Jones said. ‚ÄúHealthy Smiles for Life emphasizes preventive oral health care and provides referrals for treatment to prevent serious oral health issues.‚ÄĚ

In addition to this most recent effort, Delta Dental is working with valued partners on additional volunteer efforts that provide essential support for various organizations while benefiting the community at large to honor the 50th anniversary. This includes both volunteer efforts with St. Vincent de Paul, as well as Arizona Mission of Mercy dental clinics in northern Arizona earlier this summer.

The organization also partnered with Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health to release a free ‚ÄúMouth-Health Cookbook‚ÄĚ in both English and Spanish and with Arizona PBS on an educational outreach program to promote good oral health to children in rural communities across the state.

One of the leading dental benefits providers in Arizona, Delta Dental of Arizona serves more than 1.2 million enrollees and more than 3,500 contracted dentists across the state. Since 2010, Delta Dental of Arizona, through its foundation, gave $15 million to support oral health education and disease prevention programs for underserved and uninsured communities across the state.

For more information about Delta Dental of Arizona, visit deltadentalaz.com.



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