Las Vegas — The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation today announced it has granted $50,000 to UNLV School of Dental Medicine to support the school’s Saturday Morning Community Clinics that provide much needed care to underinsured and uninsured populations throughout Southern Nevada. The program will be renamed “UNLV Delta Dental Saturday Morning Community Clinics” for the duration of 2019.
The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental Insurance Company and its affiliated companies. The Foundation’s mission is to improve the oral health of disadvantaged children and adults by removing barriers to quality dental care.
The grant will support the purchase by UNLV School of Dental Medicine of dental supplies such as crowns and bridges, and will be applied to treatment and procedure costs. The UNLV Delta Dental Saturday Morning Community Clinics, which typically occur in ten months out of each year, contribute to the UNLV School of Dental Medicine’s nearly 60,000 patient visits and $1 million in free services annually to the underserved.
The UNLV Delta Dental Saturday Morning Community Clinics include:
- The Sgt. Clint Ferrin Memorial Clinic, which has served more than 1,750 veterans since 2007.
- The Homeless Adult and Teen Clinic, which provides dental treatment to more than 100 at-risk youth and 100 homeless adults each year.
- The UNLV Absolute Dental Saturday Morning Children’s Clinic, which provides nearly $200,000 in free care each year to children 5 to 12 years of age.
- The Women’s Clinic, which has provided more than $100,000 in free care to nearly 350 women since 2010.
UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution of more than 30,000 students and 3,500 faculty and staff that is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university with high research activity. UNLV offers a broad range of respected academic programs and is on a path to join the top tier of national public research universities. The university is committed to recruiting and retaining top students and faculty, educating the region's diversifying population and workforce, driving economic activity through increased research and community partnerships, and creating an academic health center for Southern Nevada. UNLV is located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in Southern Nevada. Learn more at UNLV.edu