Hawaii Dental Service Foundation awards grant to Dental Lifeline Network • Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii—March 29, 2018 The Hawaii Dental Service (HDS) Foundation awarded a $18,700 grant to Dental Lifeline Network • Hawaii to help vulnerable individuals in the state get critical dental care through the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program.

The funds will support the coordination of services provided through 123 dentists and 35 dental laboratories who volunteer for DDS in Hawaii. DDS volunteers donate comprehensive treatment to people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile and have no other way to pay for much needed dental treatment. Each dollar of support generates approximately $8.87 in donated care.

“We share in Dental Lifeline Network’s mission of improving oral health and we’re pleased to support the Hawaii DDS Program in reaching those who are unable to afford the dental care they need,” said Shere Saneishi-Kim, Director of the HDS Foundation. “We also appreciate the efforts of volunteer dentists and labs who are contributing to better oral health for Hawaii’s people.”

The Hawaii DDS program has provided over $2.4 million in donated services to more than 520 patients since it began in 2002. It is part of a national network that has generated more than $370 million in services to 118,000 patients through DDS since 1986.

“There are many people in Hawaii with serious dental concerns that are helped through the DDS Program,” said Melvin Choy, DDS, President of Dental Lifeline Network • Hawaii. “With the HDS Foundation’s support, we are able to transform the lives of those in need with life changing dental treatment.”

Dentists and laboratories can volunteer for DDS by contacting Program Coordinator Margaret Petrick at 888.449.9679 or mpetrick@DentalLifeline.org. To volunteer, make a donation or learn more about Dental Lifeline Network visit www.DentalLifeline.org.

About Dental Lifeline Network

Dental Lifeline Network (DLN) is a national charitable organization and affiliate of the American Dental Association whose mission is to improve the oral health of people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile and have no other way to get help. DLN accomplishes its mission by developing and coordinating collaborative relationships that provide essential resources for direct-service programs, especially charitable care.

About the Hawaii Dental Service Foundation

The HDS Foundation was established in 1986 by Hawaii Dental Service to improve the oral health of Hawaii’s communities. Grants are distributed twice a year to local non-profit organizations for programs and projects that provide oral health education, prevent oral disease, and increase access to dental care for underserved populations. For information call: 1-800-232-2533

Clair Diones
Dental Lifeline Network
VP, Marketing and Communications