Delta Dental Foundation Renews Support of Disabilities Presentation Series with $50K Grant
Philadelphia – The Delta Dental Foundation of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina (DDF) recently renewed its support of Penn Dental Medicine’s Persons with Disabilities Presentation Series with a $50,000 grant. The Series—a free online continuing education program aimed at building competency among practicing clinicians to provide oral healthcare to persons with disabilities—launched in 2021 with support from DDF each year since through previous grants in the same amount.
“Delta Dental’s ongoing commitment to this educational outreach is deeply appreciated,” says Dr. Miriam Robbins, Director of Penn Dental Medicine’s Care Center for Persons with Disabilities, who helps to identify speakers and topics for the Series. “The Series is building awareness of the barriers to equitable oral healthcare for individuals with disabilities, while also helping to encourage more dentists to treat this vulnerable population.”
Since the series launched, there have been 36 lectures presented that have attracted nearly 7,170 attendees, who either joined the live virtual presentations or viewed the lectures self-paced online.
“The excitement and feedback we’ve received about the Series continues to inspire us,” said Holli Seabury, EdD, executive director of the DDF. “It’s clear that oral health professionals across the industry want to be on the leading-edge of care for ALL people.”
Developed and offered through Penn Dental Medicine’s Office of Continuing Education, the series is open to oral health professionals at no charge. Those individuals who complete 18 or more of the courses within a three-year period will receive a certificate of completion from Penn Dental Medicine as a Disabilities Dentistry Clinician Expert; to date, 50 learners have earned the certificate.
View the full schedule of upcoming live webinars as well as available online lectures at www.dental.upenn.edu/disabilitiescare.