Community Benefit Programs
Furthering Our Mission. Helping Michigan.
Delta Dental of Michigan has been doing business for more than 50 years and currently serves more than three million people throughout the state. As a not-for-profit organization, our mission is to improve the oral health and overall wellbeing of the communities we serve. Among the ways we do this are by supporting groups and programs that provide oral health education, expand access to oral health care for the people of Michigan, and better our communities.
Many Reasons to Smile
Since it was established in 1980 as the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental, the Delta Dental Foundation (DDF) has provided grants totaling more than $16 million to organizations that provide dental care for the underserved, to programs that promote the importance of good oral health, and to educational institutions to enhance dental education and research.
Dental School Donations and Student Scholarships
Each year DDF supports dental researchers, graduate students and recent dental school graduates through grant and award programs. These programs are intended to encourage research with direct relevance to improving dental care and to recognize leadership, community involvement and top academic performance.
Recently, the DDF granted the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry funding for the emergency and screening clinic of its new dental school, a place where indigent citizens can receive care.
Delta Dental recently provided a major grant to the Michigan Department of Community Health to further advance oral health initiatives across the state of Michigan, with an emphasis on children. The grant helped fund three key components of the MDCH’s oral health program: the Michigan Water Fluoridation Project, the Maternal Infant Health Program, and SEAL! Michigan.
In partnership with the Michigan Department of Community Health, Delta Dental is helping to improve the oral health of underserved children through the Healthy Kids Dental and MIChild programs. These programs improve access to care and build the foundation for a dental home.
Doing Our Part for the Community
Delta Dental supports the Michigan Donated Dental Services Program, which has helped more than 5,000 elderly, disabled and disadvantaged citizens receive free preventive and restorative dental care. Through support of programs like Capital Area United Way, United Way of Southeast Michigan, NAACP Freedom Fund, Salvation Army, Children’s Trust Fund, Greater Lansing Food Bank, and Wings of Mercy, we believe we can make a difference in the lives of our neighbors.
Community Benefit Flyer
Read more about our community benefit efforts in Michigan by downloading our community benefit flyer.