Delta Dental Foundation Grant Helps HC Community Health, Avery County Kids

Published Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 10:51 am

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High Country Community Health (HCCH) received a $1,000 grant from the Delta Dental Foundation to equip education space for underserved elementary and middle school-aged students to teach about dental health and hygiene.

The educational program, a partnership between HCCH and Avery County School System, will provide valuable information that children will be able to put into practice throughout their childhood and adult lives.

“High Country Community Health is extremely grateful to have been awarded one of the Delta Dental Foundation’s Smiles for Kids Grants,” said Alice Salthouse, CEO of High Country Community Health.

“Thanks to the generosity of the foundation, we were able to purchase chairs for the community education room within our Newland Dental Office. This room will be used for dental education for school-aged children and community meetings. As an organization, we are proud to provide quality and affordable dental care to the people of Avery County and the surrounding area. The team here at the Newland Dental Office is compassionate, professional, and efficient. Thank you to the Delta Dental Foundation for allowing HCCH to expand its services further into the community through dental education.”

The Delta Dental Foundation focuses on ensuring that children and adults in North Carolina receive high-quality oral health education and dental care. The High Country Community Health grant is one of 17 grants totaling $40,000 awarded to North Carolina nonprofits providing oral health programs. Grant recipients were selected based on criteria that included the number of at-risk children served, the uniqueness of the program, the level of community involvement in the program and the ability to measure results.

“In 2013, the Avery County Health Department identified access to dental care services as one of its three health priorities and recognized High Country Community Health as meeting this need,” Delta Dental of North Carolina CEO Curtis Ladig said. “Because early prevention is key to avoiding serious oral health issues, our foundation is proud to support High Country Community Health and its work to provide much-needed oral health education to children in Avery County Schools.”


About the Delta Dental Foundation

The Delta Dental Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization established in 1980, which serves as the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina. The foundation’s goals are to support education and research for the advancement of dental science, and to promote the oral health of the public through education and service activities, particularly for those with special needs. For more information, visit

About Delta Dental of North Carolina

Delta Dental of North Carolina is a nonprofit dental service corporation created in 1970 to provide dental benefits throughout the state. Its mission is to improve the oral health of the communities it serves. It does so by providing affordable access to oral health care with the largest network of providers, including two out of every three dentists, in North Carolina.

About High Country Community Health

High Country Community Health is a community health center with locations in Boone and Newland, North Carolina providing primary care, behavioral health and dental services within an integrated medicine model of care that treats the whole person. Patients benefit from the services of a interdisciplinary treatment team that provides individualized care tailored to meet their specific health needs.


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