The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Dentistry received a $1.67 million gift from Delta Dental to increase access to comprehensive oral healthcare for geriatric and special needs populations.
The dental school will use the funds to create the UCLA Dentistry Mindful Project, which stands for mobile care in dentistry for underserved populations living in long-term care facilities.
The project has the following three primary objectives:
- Increase the number of proficient oral health providers for target populations
- Increase oral health literacy for target populations and caregivers
- Increase research into the barriers that impact access to care
Delta Dental noted that the donation is the largest single gift to a dental school through its Community Care Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of California.