In a release from the Arcora Foundation and Delta Dental of Washington, they say that they have provided $1,085,000 in grants to 17 Washington tribes to help their dental needs.
According to the release, they say that while lower-income people in Washington experience significant health disparities, those disparities are even more substantial among indigenous and other people of color.
They say that many of the tribes receiving grants are in rural areas and may be the only place to get care and operate in challenging financial circumstances with small margins and large percentages of low-income and indigent patients.
Locally, the Quinault, Chehalis, and Shoalwater Bay tribal clinics will all receive a portion of the funding.
The funding will be used to supplement tribal dental programs hit hard by the pandemic and the two-month requirement to suspend all non-emergent. They say that this loss of revenue forced clinics to reduce expenses, lay off employees and expend financial reserves.
Most tribes received about $70,000 from Arcora Foundation.
The funds will be used to purchase additional PPE and other safety equipment, make capital improvements to protect staff and patients, train staff, and to buy teledentistry equipment and additional minimally invasive dentistry supplies.
Ticey Mason, director of the Northwest Tribal Dental Support Center and Siletz tribal member said:
The Tribes and clinics receiving funds are:
In addition to the latest grants to tribes, Arcora Foundation and Delta Dental of Washington say that they have responded to the pandemic with other efforts including: