Delta Dental Insurance Company today received the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Hispanic Leadership Award in the President’s Distinguished Community Service category.
The award was presented to Solomon Romano, Hispanic Initiative Program Manager for Delta Dental, during the Hispanic Leadership Awards Presentation in Miami on March 22.
“The South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce awards Delta Dental the Hispanic Leadership Award in the President’s Distinguished Community Service category for the positive impact they are making in the South Florida community,” said Liliam M. Lopez, president and CEO of the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “Their dental education platform with the first-graders of Miami-Dade County Public Schools is commendable, as well as their support of our annual toy drive.”
For Dental Health Awareness Month in October 2012, Delta Dental worked closely with Miami-Dade County Public Schools to develop a children’s book that addressed important dental health topics relevant to the first-grade health curriculum. More than 25,000 first grade students received the book, featuring the legendary Hispanic counterpart of the Tooth Fairy “Ratoncito Pérez,” and 22 schools received a special visit from the character himself.
In addition to supporting organizations such as the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation, Centro Mater Foundation, and Baptist Children’s Hospital, Delta Dental and Ratoncito Pérez actively participate in events such as the Community Smiles 7th Annual Give Kids a Smile Day, the Amigos for Kids Back to School Drive and the American Diabetes Association Step Out 5K.
Highlighting Delta Dental’s culture of giving and volunteerism, Romano said, “Over the years, we have found that there is no substitute for stepping into the community and interacting with families to instill the importance of dental hygiene. Staying true to our mission to empower the community, we will continue to roll out new projects in South Florida throughout 2013.”
About Delta Dental
Delta Dental Insurance Company and several other Delta Dental companies under common management collectively provide dental benefits plans to 26 million people in 15 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. All are part of the national Delta Dental Plans Association, based in Oak Brook, Ill. In 2012, Delta Dental Insurance Company and its affiliates donated more than $3.5 million throughout the country to support programs that focus on preventing dental disease, expanding access to care, advancing dental science and understanding the connections between oral and overall health.