The Arlington Free Clinic has received a $75,000 grant from the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation to promote the integration of dental care into the clinic’s broader services to Arlington’s low-income, uninsured adults.
The effort will allow the clinic to continue educating volunteer providers, staff and patients about the importance of oral health and its direct connection to overall health, particularly for those with chronic diseases.
“This program has the potential to improve health outcomes and, in some cases, provide life-saving interventions for our patients,” said Nancy White, who heads the clinic.
The grant to the Arlington Free Clinic is one of eight awarded to social-safety-net organizations around the state by the foundation.
“Supporting Virginia’s dental safety net is a critical part of our goal of creating healthy smiles throughout the commonwealth, and we’re eager to continue assisting the Arlington Free Clinic and others like them in their extraordinary efforts to keep our communities healthy,” said Frank Lucia, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Virginia.
Since its inception in 2012, the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation has contributed more than $6 million to its partners, and has made an additional statewide contribution of more than $4 million to support Virginians impacted by COVID-19.