Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation Announces Additional COVID-19 Response Grants For Community Health Centers
Community health and dental centers across Iowa were each awarded $20,000 for a total of $360,000 in COVID-19 response grants from Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation. Funds awarded will help preserve access to care within Iowa’s safety net infrastructure during this challenging time for many Iowans. Each of the 18 safety net clinics and/or federal qualified health centers (FQHCs) provide primary health care, dental care and/or mental health support services regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.
Safety net health care providers make it possible for all Iowans to gain access to needed medical and dental care. Iowa’s network of community health centers helps to eliminate some of the biggest barriers to health care including cost, lack of insurance, cultural differences, and transportation.
“Our long-term partnership with these safety net clinics are some of the best examples of our continued commitment to the health and wellness of all Iowans,” said Jeff Russell, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Iowa and president of the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation. “It’s essential that medical and dental care can still be accessed for services like vaccinations, mental health support services, chronic disease care, emergency dental services and well-child checkups. These grants will assist in providing health and dental care for all Iowans.”
The safety net clinics that received funding include:
- All Care Community Health Center – Council Bluffs
- Community Health Care, Inc. – Davenport
- Community Health Center of Fort Dodge
- Community Health Centers of Southeastern Iowa – Keokuk, West Burlington, Columbus City (Louisa County)
- Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa – Albia, Centerville, Chariton, Corydon, Lamoni, Leon
- Crescent Community Health Center – Dubuque
- Eastern Iowa Health Center – Anamosa, Cedar Rapids, Vinton
- Peoples Community Health Clinic, Inc. – Clarksville, Waterloo
- Primary Health Care, Inc. – Ames, Des Moines, Marshalltown
- Promise Community Health Center – Sioux Center
- Proteus, Inc. – Des Moines
- River Hills Community Health Center – Centerville, Ottumwa, Richland, Sigourney
- Siouxland Community Health Center – Sioux City
- United Community Health Center – Storm Lake
- Broadlawns Medical Center – Des Moines
- Dental Connections – Des Moines
- Story County Dental Clinic – Ames
- Rhys Jones Dental Health Center – UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids
The grants made to the 18 safety net clinics is in addition to Delta Dental’s commitment of $10.5 million in COVID-19 relief funds to Iowa dentists for claims advances as well as grants for nonprofits. For more information on Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation and its funding strategy to strengthen and transform the health and smiles of all Iowans, visit the website.