Delta Dental Foundation presents $72,688 grant to Case Western Reserve University
The Delta Dental Foundation presents a $72,688 grant to Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. (From L to R) Jed J. Jacobson, D.D.S., M.S., M.P.H., chief science officer and senior vice president of Delta Dental; Michael T. Schaeffer, D.D.S., Delta Dental Foundation board member; Erika Cybulskis, government and community relations representative for Delta Dental; Jerold S. Goldberg, D.D.S., dean of Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine.
COLUMBUS, Ohio, (Sept. 20, 2012) — The Delta Dental Foundation recently awarded a $72,688 grant to Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland for the Healthy Smiles Sealant Program and the Dental Public Health Residency Program.
This past Friday, September 14, the foundation presented a check to Jerold S. Goldberg, D.D.S., dean of Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, during the Ohio Dental Association’s annual conference at the Columbus Hyatt Regency. Both the sealant and residency programs were recognized for their dedicated efforts to help bring essential dental care to underserved areas.
The Healthy Smiles Sealant Program seeks to reduce disparities in oral health care for underserved elementary children attending the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, the largest and one of the poorest school districts in Ohio.
The Dental Public Health Residency Program is a new residency program at Case Western which works to train more public health dentists to meet the dental care needs of the underserved populations, both locally and nationally. Currently, this is the only dental public health residency program in the Tri-State area.
The grant from Delta Dental will be used to fund a health education component of the Health Smiles Sealant Program to teach children about health care, and used to support education and research for the advancement of dental science through the Dental Public Health Residency Program.
“Case Western Reserve University is taking the lead on establishing programs, both internally and externally, that will address the oral health needs of all generations across Ohio,” said Teri Battaglieri, director of the foundation. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to help fund these programs in our local communities.”
In addition to its support of dental schools, the Delta Dental Foundation continues to support other programs and organizations that address the oral health needs of adults and children across Ohio. The foundation will soon announce the winners of its Community Mini-Grant Program, which awards grants annually to organizations that address oral health needs in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.
For more information on the Community Mini-Grant Program and other Foundation initiatives, visit
About Delta Dental Foundation
The Delta Dental Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization established in 1980, which serves as the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina. The Foundation’s goals are to support education and research for the advancement of dental science, and to promote the oral health of the public through education and service activities, particularly for those with special needs. For more information, visit www.deltadentaloh.com.
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