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Dentistry and Delta Dental Keep H.O.M.E. Coach Rolling

August, 2008

One of the College of Dentistry's slogans is “great smiles begin here,” and thanks to the work done by the College’s mobile dental clinic, called the “H.O.M.E. Coach,” great smiles really do begin when the Coach visits Columbus area elementary schools to provide dental care to the community’s children in need.

Launched in 2005, the H.O.M.E. Coach was originally funded by a donation from the Columbus-based Osteopathic Heritage Foundations, whose support enabled the Coach to continue its works through 2008. When the need for additional funding arose, that need was met by a recent donation of $450,000 from the Delta Dental Foundation of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. The gift was officially presented to the H.O.M.E. Coach on May 9th at the College of Dentistry’s Annual Post College Assembly, but the celebration of that gift took place on August 28th, at a “back to school” event at Columbus’ Weinland Park Elementary School.

Ohio State’s President E. Gordon Gee attended the “back to school” celebration, along with the College of Dentistry’s Interim Dean Carole Anderson, Superintendent of Columbus City Schools Gene Harris, and Delta Dental of Ohio’s Marketing President Michael Clark.

President Gee thanked the Delta Dental Foundation for its donation to the dental coach, saying, “We appreciate this generous donation to the College of Dentistry’s H.O.M.E. Coach, which represents a great example of Ohio State’s service to the local community.” Gee added, “The University’s mission is to educate and to serve--and that service includes the kind of work that’s being done by this mobile dental clinic, which is improving peoples’ lives.”

Gee also thanked the College of Dentistry’s faculty and students who work with the H.O.M.E. Coach to provide dental care — and genuine caring — to Columbus’ children in need.

Michael Clark echoed Gee’s praise of the work done by the H.O.M.E. Coach and the College of Dentistry’s faculty, staff and students who are part of the outreach initiative. “An important part of Delta Dental’s mission is to support our colleges of dentistry and the good work they do," Clark said. "Here in Columbus and throughout Ohio we’ve supported programs that improve the oral health of under-served children, and the H.O.M.E. Coach is a prime example of our continuing commitment to this effort.”

For more information about the H.O.M.E. Coach and other outreach initiatives, go to: http://dent.osu.edu/ohioproject/