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Health Net Foundation Providing $175,000 in Grants to Improve Dental Care

Posted on May 25, 2012

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Health Net Foundation, a subsidiary of Health Net, Inc., is providing $175,000 in grants to 12 California school-based health centers and community medical clinics to further their efforts in helping prevent childhood and adult dental problems.

“Dental care has medical consequences,” said Patricia Clarey, president of the Health Net Foundation. “These grants are intended to enhance the dental care experience, improve access to dental services and provide dental health education for special needs populations like adults with diabetes, pregnant women and children up to age 3.”

“The importance of the programs these grants will support is clear,” said Sean O’Brien, director of Dental Operations for Health Net of California, Inc. “Poor oral health has been linked to heart and lung disease, diabetes, stroke, extremely high birth weight and premature births, and we are hoping the efforts of these health centers and clinics will help prevent those outcomes.”

The Health Net Foundation grants are being provided to the following clinics and centers across California:

Los Angeles County: Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center; Kids’ Community Dental Clinic; St. John’s Well Child and Family Center; QueensCare Family Clinics; Universal Care Dental Group; Northeast Valley Health Corporation.

San Diego County: La Maestra Family Clinic; San Ysidro Health Center.

Sacramento County: The Effort.

Merced County: Golden Valley Health Centers.

Inland Empire: Community Health Systems.

San Joaquin Valley: United Health Centers of San Joaquin Valley.