Harc Partners with Wheeler Clinic to Provide Dental Services
Wheeler Clinic, a community health center that provides medical and dental care for the whole family, and Harc have teamed up on a much needed project to meet the oral needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Harc will provide specialized consultation and training for Wheeler’s dental team so they can have a deeper understanding of individuals with intellectual disabilities and provide the best care possible. This opportunity was made possible through a S.M.I.L.E. Grant from the Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation.
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Since 1986, our philanthropic arm, the Delta Dental of New Jersey and Connecticut Foundation, Inc., has worked to promote and assist educational projects devoted to the enhancement of dental health, as well as access to dental care programs designed to increase public awareness of the general benefits of good oral health and to improve dental health through the science of dentistry. Each year, the Foundation also provides financial support to various organizations throughout New Jersey, as well as Connecticut, to reach underserved populations, specifically children, developmentally disabled persons, seniors and veterans.
The Mission of the Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation is: To improve the oral health of New Jersey and Connecticut residents by providing charitable contributions to solve oral health care challenges.
The Delta Dental Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit, charitable organization, and we pride ourselves on the variety of programs we have instituted or supported that aid the needy, educate the community, and assist worthwhile oral health related organizations. To date, our Foundation has awarded more than $19.7 million toward dental care for the underinsured and uninsured and dental education programs.The Foundation funds projects only in New Jersey and Connecticut.
Wheeler and Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation
Since January 2018, through S.M.I.L.E. Grant funding, the Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation has supported Wheeler’s efforts to meet the oral health needs of Hartford’s medically underserved population through its community health center at 43 Woodland Street. Delta Dental helped fund the initial-year launch of Wheeler’s Hartford Family Health & Wellness Center Dental Program, as well as consultation, outreach efforts, and related collateral materials. Funding for this project continued in 2019. The grant funds also allowed for the purchase of age-appropriate toothbrushes, toothpaste, and coloring books promoting preventative dental care for children. Wheeler’s dental assistant and community engagement team continues to distribute these dental care materials at health fairs, community block parties, and neighborhood events.
Wheeler Family Health & Wellness Center, Hartford
Wheeler’s Family Health & Wellness Center at 43 Woodland Street, Hartford, is a community health center that provides medical and dental care for the whole family, as well as behavioral health care and a full range of alternative and complementary medicine, such as yoga, chiropractic care, acupuncture, exercise, and mindfulness. Doctors, medical assistants, clinicians, counselors, and care facilitators work side-by-side as a team to meet complete health care needs, in one location.
Wheeler’s Health & Wellness Center, Hartford, is funded in part by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Wheeler is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).
Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial health insurance welcome. No patient will be denied health care services due to an individual’s inability to pay for services. Improvements to the Family Health & Wellness Center are supported in part by the State of Connecticut Nonprofit Grant Program, the Connecticut Health & Educational Facilities Authority, the Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, and the Ensworth Charitable Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation.