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Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital receives $65,000 Walmart Foundation grant for oral health

Walmart Stores Inc. visited Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital on December 13 to mark the presentation of a $65,000 grant to the Foundation for Upstate Medical University to help integrate preventive dentistry and oral health screenings into routine physical examinations. The donation will help by covering costs associated with supplies and equipment needed for oral examinations, fluoride treatments, educational materials and home care kits.

“As a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, we’ve enjoyed more than 20 years of commitment from associates at our local Walmart stores. They’re actively involved in the community and are frequent volunteers for us.  We have even drawn from some Walmart staff for advice on some of our programs,” said Thomas Welch, MD, chair of pediatrics and medical director of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. “Oral health has been recognized as one of the major unmet needs in pediatric care.  We frequently care for children who have developed serious complications because of unrecognized dental problems. This new grant will help our youngest patients achieve good oral health and develop strong, lifelong habits and healthy smiles.”

This grant will help provide funding for the “Introducing Oral Health and Preventative Dentistry into the Well Child Physical Exam” pilot program for children through age seven at Upstate Golisano’s Pediatric and Adolescent Center. Good dental health is integral to a child’s overall health and well-being. Yet, tooth decay is the single most preventive chronic disease and unmet health care need of children.

Walmart’s Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations Jason Klipa, commented, “Walmart is committed to assisting community health and wellness programs, such as those provided by Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. We are grateful to be able to partner with an organization that has touched so many lives as both a vocal advocate for children’s health issues and a dedicated provider of pediatric care.”

For more information on the Foundation for Upstate Medical University, please visit Foundation for Upstate Medical University.

Caption:  Representatives from Walmart and Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and the Foundation for Upstate participate in the presentation of a $65,000 grant for pediatric oral health by the Walmart Foundation on Dec 13.

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