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ur spirit of service inspires our work in the community. We are unique among dental benefits companies as a not-for-profit organization with a mission to improve oral health. We embrace this mission and our community initiatives are a high priority. Nationally, in 2008, Delta Dental member companies contributed over $62 million to charitable causes. As long as preventable oral diseases continue impacting children and families, we will remain a leader in advancing solutions for healthier people through better oral health. This commitment defines our organization. O Community of child abuse and neglect among young patients and to fulfill their legal obligation to report suspected cases of child abuse. The program, named P.A.N.D.A. (Prevent Abuse and Neglect through Dental Awareness), has trained thousands of dental professionals. Since inception, P.A.N.D.A. has been adopted in forty-seven states and six foreign countries. Committing to Give Kids A Smile In 2002, Delta Dental became a founding sponsor for the first Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) clinic, and we remain a primary sponsor. GKAS in St. Louis is a notfor-profit organization that provides free comprehensive dental care during two free clinics each year for underserved children without access to regular dental care. From 2002 through 2008, GKAS has provided dental care valued at over $2.2 million for more than 7,000 children. We also support GKAS in Kansas City, Missouri. Delta Dental in South Carolina actively supports GKAS in their state. P.A.N.D.A. Delta Dental of Missouri has helped to found and grow programs that protect, educate and care for children who most need our help. In 1992, we started a program to teach dental professionals to recognize the symptoms Things are already tough for the [underserved] kids [at the Give Kids A Smile clinics], and when you add a toothache or problem with their teeth it makes learning that much more challenging. We were enchanted with the idea that not only is Delta Dental, as a sponsor, promoting better health for these kids, they’re also allowing us to help develop their minds by donating ageappropriate books. Land of Smiles Eight years ago, we developed a touring oral health education program for Missouri school children in kindergarten through third grade. The program, Land of Smiles, formerly Teeth on the Go, visits over three hundred Missouri schools each year, educating over 70,000 young children annually. Since inception, Land of Smiles has educated almost 500,000 children, spreading oral health awareness and encouraging good oral health habits. The Land of Smiles program now tours in South Carolina for Delta Dental in South Carolina each year, visiting twenty schools, educating 4,000 or more children annually. Land of Smiles also visits over one hundred schools in Illinois each year, courtesy of Delta Dental of Illinois. Jim Bogart Manager, Development St. Louis Public Library Foundation 12

Delta Dental Annual Report 2008

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Delta Dental Annual Report 2008

2008 At a Glance
From the President and CEO and Chairman of the Board
Leading with Service
Delivering Exceptional Value
Innovating to Improve Oral Health
Committing to Community
Empowering Employees
Advancing with a Strong Financial Footing
Statement of Financial Position
Board of Directors
Photo Index
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - Cover1
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - 2
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - 2008 At a Glance
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - From the President and CEO and Chairman of the Board
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - 5
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - Leading with Service
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - 7
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - Delivering Exceptional Value
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - 9
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - Innovating to Improve Oral Health
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - 11
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - Committing to Community
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - 13
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - Empowering Employees
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Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - Advancing with a Strong Financial Footing
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - Statement of Financial Position
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - Board of Directors
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - Photo Index
Delta Dental Annual Report 2008 - Cover4
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