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Big Sandy Community and Technical College to benefit from Delta Dental® of Kentucky’s philanthropic giving
Delta Dental of Kentucky will provide oral health care services and education to hundreds across the Commonwealth through its contributions to Big Sandy
March 16, 2022 (Louisville, Ky.) — The oral health care crisis in Kentucky continues as fewer and fewer Kentuckians have access to quality, preventive dental care and treatments. The problem is compacted by an increasing number of individuals who need care, coupled with a decreasing number of providers across the state.
Delta Dental recognizes this issue, and through its charitable arm, the Delta Dental of Kentucky Foundation, has committed to providing funding to Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) and other educational institutions and nonprofits across the state. These funds will directly benefit programs that serve underserved populations throughout the Commonwealth.
“Building a network of strong community partners like BSCTC is a priority for the Delta Dental of Kentucky Foundation,” Delta Dental of Kentucky CEO Jude Thompson said. “Through this network and others we are able to provide more services to at-risk, underserved and uninsured individuals within every county of our great state.”
The grant to BSCTC will provide an array of services and education opportunities for dental students and their surrounding communities.
Big Sandy Community and Technical College
BSCTC provides training and educational pathways that culminate in postsecondary certifications in more than 28 academic and technical programs and more than 200 industry-recognized credentials. BSCTC offers the only dental auxiliary education programs east of Lexington and the state’s only Community Dental Health Coordinator certificate program.
The financial support from the Delta Dental of Kentucky Foundation will create the East Kentucky Oral Health Training Center on BSCTC’s Mayo Campus in Paintsville, Ky. The planned center will feature 20 operatories and the latest technological advances in an oral health clinical setting for training purposes. The center will be the new home for the BSCTC’s Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs and will serve as the site for Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS). This will be the first time that dental hygiene students in Eastern Kentucky do not have to travel outside the region to complete clinical board licensure.
“Delta Dental’s support improves the health of our communities by allowing us to educate, train and certify incumbent oral healthcare providers who will care for our underserved populations,” Acting President Dr. Denise King said. “We are very grateful for this support that allows us to serve others in profound ways.”
In addition to support of BSCTC, the Delta Dental of Kentucky Foundation provides grants and funding to hundreds of other Kentucky-based 501c3 non-profit organizations. Since 2015, more than $20 million has been donated, which reaffirms the Foundation’s commitment to support programs and services that improve the oral health and quality of life for citizens across the Commonwealth.
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About Delta Dental® of Kentucky:
Delta Dental of Kentucky is committed to bright smiles and healthy lifestyles for its 700,000 enrollees and the communities we serve. Delta Dental of Kentucky is part of a family of companies that collectively are among the largest, most experienced dental plan administrators in the nation. Our network of providers gives our customers access to high-quality, affordable dental care. Additionally, DeltaVision provides the largest network of vision providers with more than 5,000 retail chain locations nationwide, providing vision plans with extensive benefits that combine two best-in-class carriers. Together, Delta Dental of Kentucky and DeltaVision work to streamline benefit administration for current and future clients.
Delta Dental of Kentucky’s Foundation promises to serve our communities and residents one smile at a time. Aimed with the task of promoting oral health to the citizens of Kentucky, the philanthropic corporate giving supports many non-profit partners. Giving back is a core component of our culture at Delta Dental, and our Foundation enables this support to be given to organizations that champion a better quality of life for citizens throughout our Commonwealth.