Delta Dental of Oklahoma (DDOK) is a finalist in the philanthropic impact category for The Journal Record’s 2017 Beacon Awards.
This recognition is for DDOK’s contribution to its Delta Dental Cavity Prevention Clinic, a school-based program that provides dental sealants to second and sixth grade students in low-income schools. Portable dental equipment is transported in an SUV and is set up in a spare classroom or office where registered dental hygienist administer dental sealants at no cost under an authorizing dentist, in accordance with the Oklahoma Dental Act.
DDOK’s initial $150,000 contribution to the Delta Dental of Oklahoma Oral Health Foundation, enabled Foundation staff to launch the Cavity Prevention Clinic pilot program during 2015-16 academic year. More than 1,000 children in 24 low-income schools in Central Oklahoma were served during the pilot year.
With an additional $150,000 contribution from DDOK, the program is wrapping up its second phase this school year (2016-17), and has expanded to include serving Tulsa-area and rural schools.
Delta Dental of Oklahoma worked with its Oral Health Foundation to launch the Cavity Prevention Clinics after the Pew Center on the States released a report that showed Oklahoma was one of only four states that did not have a school-based dental sealant program.
“The Beacon Awards recognize those who ask for little recognition; the companies that give generously to help those in need as well as the organizations that make Oklahoma a great place to live,” said Ted Streuli, associate publisher and editor of The Journal Record. “Without their generosity, Oklahoma would suffer, and we at The Journal Record hope their efforts will inspire others.”
Please view the video below to learn more about the Delta Dental Cavity Prevention Clinic.