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The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation today announced it has awarded Carevide Dental a $481,333 grant to support the relocation of dental services for easier access for more than 4,000 underserved pediatric patients in Hunt County, Texas.

“This grant will allow us to bring our vision for integrated medical and dental care to life,” said Jamekia Bailey, DDS, Chief Dental Officer for Carevide Dental. “By co-locating our pediatric medical and dental practices, we have a unique opportunity to remove barriers to accessing quality dental care and have a positive effect on both oral health and overall health.”

Carevide Dental, a nonprofit organization with more than 40 years of experience in providing health care services, has five medical, dental, pediatrics and women’s health sites serving five counties in Northeast Texas. The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation grant will enable Carevide Dental to relocate from a residential neighborhood office to space adjacent to Carevide Pediatrics, at 3005 Joe Ramsey Blvd E., in Greenville’s medical district. Funds will be used for construction and renovation, as well as to purchase new dental equipment as Carevide co-locates its dental and pediatric medical practices.

“In our centers, we believe in and are shifting to a new, integrated practice model that fosters an interdisciplinary team approach to oral health care,” said Michelle Carter, Chief Executive Officer for Carevide Dental.  “The co-locating of dental and pediatrics is a natural fit, and we’re excited to receive this grant to help make this dream a reality.”

“We’re thrilled to collaborate with Carevide Dental and support its relocation in Greenville,” said Karen Robinson, executive director of the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation. “The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation is committed to improving oral health and wellness in underserved communities, and we’re proud to partner with Carevide Dental to help expand dental care services, which will benefit the community for years to come.”

The grant is one of 32 given in Texas this year by the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation to help improve the oral health of disadvantaged children and adults by removing barriers to quality dental care. Since its inception in 2011, the Foundation has awarded more than $4.2 million in grants to organizations throughout Texas.

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