Delta Dental of New Mexico (DDNM), the state’s leading dental insurance carrier, made an $18,000 donation to Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless (AHCH) to provide dental care and other support for people in Albuquerque experiencing homelessness. The donation marks more than a decade of DDNM giving to this crucial organization.
“As New Mexico’s only nonprofit Dental benefits provider, Delta Dental of New Mexico is pleased to continue our 13 years of partnering with Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless to deliver critical oral health care to some of New Mexico’s most vulnerable residents,” said Edward J. Lopez, Jr., President and CEO of DDNM. “People experiencing homelessness in Albuquerque deserve to have good oral health, which, in turn, will contribute to their overall health.”
“Our relationship with Delta Dental of New Mexico has been natural and aligned and sustaining,” said Jennifer Metzler, Executive Director of AHCH. “DDNM leadership makes a point to visit our integrated health services campus and stay attuned and apprised of our work to end homelessness. It’s much more than an annual check.”
DDNM’s $18,000 sponsorship means that individuals and families experiencing homelessness have access to oral health and other primary care in an integrated patient-centered medical home. People experiencing homelessness are at risk of early loss of life and drastically reduced health outcomes because of health disparities, violence on the streets and inadequate access to food, housing and financial resources.
DDNM funds further AHCH’s aims to expand outreach activities to reach more and new clients and provide access to care in non-traditional settings such as in shelters, at meal sites and on the streets, and will increase quality of life and overall health outcomes for people who are homeless.
About Delta Dental of New Mexico
Delta Dental of New Mexico is a nonprofit dental insurance carrier that aims to advance oral health for New Mexicans through dental insurance plans and philanthropy. The company has served New Mexicans for more than forty years. DDNM is headquartered in Albuquerque, NM. In 2015, DDNM was recognized as the “Outstanding Business in Philanthropy” by the Association of Fundraising Professionals New Mexico Chapter. www.deltadentalnm.com
About Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless
Founded in 1985, Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless (AHCH) provides a continuum of integrated services including primary medical care, dental care, behavioral health, art therapy and social services. AHCH serves more than 7,000 men, women and children throughout the year. They conduct more than 70 hours per week of outreach and provide services at their clinic at 1st and Mountain and at other sites in the community. www.abqhch.org