The Highmark West Virginia Charitable Fund for Health has awarded a $130,000 grant to OVP HEALTH CARE to support the organization’s efforts to provide quality, accessible dental care to residents of the Tri-State area.

“The need for access to oral healthcare programs for West Virginia cannot be overstated,” said Cathy McAlister, executive director of the Highmark West Virginia Charitable Fund for Health. “The Highmark West Virginia Charitable Fund for Health is thrilled to partner with OVP HEALTHCARE again to be a much-needed resource for quality dental care in the greater Huntington area.”

In May of 2022, OVP HEALTH CARE, a not-for-profit organization, formed an affiliation with Marshall Health to create OVP HEALTH CARE Dentistry, a program committed to providing quality dental care for the underserved, regardless of their ability to pay for that care. OVPHEALTH CARE Dentistry currently provides those services at a completely renovated facility at 1423 Third Avenue in downtown Huntington, WV. The clinic offers basic adult and pediatric dental services, including examinations, uncomplicated extractions, fillings, and teeth cleaning, but is able to refer patients needing more complex care and treatment to other dental professionals at Marshall Health.

“Within this Tri-State Area, oral health disparities are very prominent, due to the cost of dental services and the high percentage of people in the area who cannot afford dental insurance,” said Jay Baker, Chief Executive Officer of OVP HEALTH CARE. “As a result, many patients in this area receive no dental care at all. We are grateful to the Highmark West Virginia Charitable Fund for Health for its support of our dental program, as that support will greatly enhance our ability to extend dental services to the people who need it most.”

The Highmark West Virginia Charitable Fund for Health is a fund of the Highmark Foundation, a 501(c)(3) private, charitable organization dedicated to improving the health, well-being, and quality of life for individuals who reside in the communities served by Highmark, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. The Highmark Foundation fulfills its mission by awarding high-impact grants to charitable organizations that implement evidence-based programs aimed at improving community health.

For more information, visit www.highmarkfoundation.org.