As the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and that is absolutely true when it comes to oral health. The Foundation strives to push prevention to the forefront and is developing programs and partnerships to help give Virginians the tools they need to stay healthy.
The Foundation offers a limited number of water bottle filling stations to Virginia schools each year to encourage students to drink more water and cut back on sugary drinks. The Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation pays for both the installation and the stations. Applications for water bottle filling stations will open on September 20, 2021.
The Fallon Park neighborhood in the southeast area of Roanoke, Virginia has some of the poorest health conditions in the region. Almost 75% of students in the neighborhood are living in low income conditions or are below poverty level. Committed founding partners and community leaders – Delta Dental of Virginia, Carilion Clinic, Freedom First, Roanoke City Public Schools and The Roanoke Women’s Foundation – are working to improve health conditions in this community by creating an integrated system of care at Fallon Park Elementary School. The Fallon Park Community Health Center will provide access to high-quality health care and coordinated services to address the root causes of poor health.
The hope is to have the clinic up and running during the 2021-22 school year. Updates will be posted on this site periodically, so please check back often.