Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Dental Medicine (CDM) has been awarded the Delta Dental Community Foundation Access to Care grant for the fifth time, enabling the WesternU Dental Center to continue to provide dental treatment to underserved individuals in Pomona and surrounding communities.

The $40,000 award helps to partially cover the costs of care for patients who need specific types of dental care with no or minimal third-party dental insurance.

“Students have been enthusiastically applying for the funding on behalf of their patients by working with their faculty to determine if the patient qualifies, “said CDM Director of Patient Care Services Suzanne Adolphson, MSW, MHA, SHRM-SCP.

Each year, the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation awards Access to Care grants to dental clinics across the country. Previous access to care grants the College received from Delta Dental has provided treatment for more than 300 patients.

“Ms. Adolphson has been the driving force behind this award for the past five years by increasing the grant from $10,000 to $40,000,” said CDM Dean Steven Friedrichsen, DDS. “She has also been a strong advocate for the students to use this as an avenue to help their patients obtain a higher level of care.”