For Immediate Release
October 2, 2014
Kaiser Grant Allows Dental Hygiene Program to
Continue Providing Services to the Uninsured
The Riverside Community College District Foundation has been awarded a Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit grant of $25,000. The monies will be utilized by Moreno Valley College's Dental Hygiene Program to treat uninsured patients through its community clinic. This past academic year, the Dental Hygiene Program was able to treat 400 uninsured patients thanks to the Kaiser grant through its Dental Hygiene Clinic, which is located on the College campus.
"The Kaiser grant will allow the program to address two of the most documented barriers to oral health - access and cost of services," said Donna Lesser, associate professor of Dental Hygiene. "In addition to eliminating the before mentioned barriers, the grant allows students in the Dental Hygiene Program to learn on a diverse pool of patients. These experiences are better preparing our students to become competent health care providers."
This year's award marks the fifth year Kaiser has supported the Dental Hygiene Program in its community dental hygiene effort.