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Carilion Clinic and Delta Dental will work together to create a pediatric dental residency based at Carilion Children’s-Tanglewood. The Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation announced a 2 million dollar endowment today during a joint event with Carilion officials.  Up to four dental school graduates a year could be doing their residencies at Carilion Children’s by some time in 2024. The goal is to attract more dentists to the valley – hoping they will stay here once their residency at Carilion Children’s is over. Frank Lucia is Delta Dental of Virginia President and CEO:

(Delta Dental release) ROANOKE, Va. (Jan. 18, 2023) – The Carilion Clinic Foundation and Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation
today announced the creation of a new partnership and funding agreement that will expand children’s
oral health care services in the region through the development of a pediatric dental residency program
at Carilion Clinic. In addition to investments by Carilion, the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation is
funding a $2 million endowment to provide annual programming support in perpetuity. The program
and funding agreement were created in direct response to the nationwide shortage of oral health
services for underserved and vulnerable populations; a need echoed in our region.
“The majority of southwest Virginia is considered to have a dental health professional shortage and our
regional safety-net clinics are in desperate need of relief and support,” said Frank Lucia, Delta Dental of
Virginia president and chief executive officer. “We continue to search out unique opportunities to
strengthen our partnership with Carilion and leverage the capabilities of our two organizations to
benefit the communities we serve.”
Carilion’s pediatric dentistry practice is already one of the busiest in southwest Virginia, serving
approximately 10,200 patients annually. The addition of two pediatric dental residents will allow the
clinic to provide preventative and restorative dental care for thousands of additional children each year.
“Access to dental care shows up repeatedly as a top need in our Community Health Assessments,” said
Nancy Howell Agee, president and chief executive officer of Carilion. “Through our continued
partnership with Delta Dental of Virginia, we’re addressing this longstanding need by training the next
generation of dentists and attracting more talent to our community.”
The newly created residency will be housed inside Carilion Clinic Dental Care at Tanglewood, providing
young professionals an opportunity to work with the latest in modern dental care technology and
infrastructure. The program will provide residents growth, development and education opportunities in
orthodontics, craniofacial structures, behavior management, care of patients with special needs and
multidisciplinary care.
This program joins 29 other nationally accredited graduate medical education programs offered at
Carilion. They include 13 residencies and 16 fellowships involving 340 trainees.
“We are excited to teach the next generation of pediatric dental experts, while also introducing them to
our community,” said Lee Jones, D.M.D, chief of dentistry at Carilion. “Best case scenario is that our
residents not only receive the best-in-class, hands-on education available, but that they also grow to
love our region and continue to have a positive impact on patients in the Roanoke Valley and beyond for
years to come.”
Delta Dental of Virginia and Carilion have partnered for more than a decade on various oral health
education and community impact initiatives, including the development of the Virginia Tech Carilion
School of Medicine’s annual Oral Health Lecture series, a previous endowment to create the first oral
health curriculum in a U.S. medical school, and most recently the creation of the LIFT Center at Fallon
Park Elementary.


Huddle Up Moms is pleased to announce it has been selected as one of six organizations to receive Million Hearts® Health Equity Implementation project funding to implement evidence-based strategies to improve cardiovascular health and advance health equity. The funding will support the Moms Under Pressure program, which supports pregnant and postpartum women diagnosed with hypertensive disorders by:

  • Providing free self-measuring blood pressure monitoring (SBPM) systems 

  • Creating educational material to understand and prevent preeclampsia 
  • Offering care-coordination and navigation and 
  • Providing moms with the local resources they need to have a healthier pregnancy.

“This funding opportunity allows Huddle Up Moms to further our mission of empowering mothers through education, connection, and support,” says Dr. Jaclyn Nunziato, Executive Director. “Poor maternal outcomes related to hypertensive disorders are preventable. The Moms Under Pressure program is a tool to combat these statistics here in the Roanoke Valley.”

NACDD reviewed more than 100 applications from organizations who submitted proposals in response to the Million Hearts® Health Equity Implementation RFP. Each organization will receive up to $50,000 to effectively implement Million Hearts® strategies among priority populations to advance health equity between January – June 2023. Each grantee will focus on a Million Hearts® priority population and implementing appropriate strategies outlined in Million Hearts® 2027 Focusing on Health Equity to address their needs. 
Learn more about Huddle Up Moms and the Moms Under Pressure program at

The cardiac arrests of Damar Hamlin and now Lisa Marie Presley – the latter was fatal – has put a spotlight on the importance of CPR and AED education. Tomorrow at Williams Memorial Baptist Church on Carroll Avenue Northwest at 1pm, the Compress and Shock Foundation will offer a free adult-only class. The Compress and Shock Foundation will also be donating an automated external defibrillator – an AED – to the church, funded by Carilion’s Cardiovascular Institute. There’s a free lunch available at 12:30. Dr Jack Perkins created the Foundation:



Family Service of Roanoke Valley has been able to expand its behavorial health programs beyond its Campbell Avenue office doors – by placing counselors in the field. DaNaysia Reynolds is a “supervisee” in social work, working to accumulate enough hours before taking the test to become a licensed clinical social worker. Reynolds now spends two days a week at Melrose Towers, making it easier for residents there to access mental health services. A grant from the Virginia Health Care Foundation helped bring Reynolds aboard last year at Family Service of Roanoke Valley as she works towards being licensed. Family Service has placed another counselor in the field at the Jamestown Place housing project, without  that grant funding.


According to The Cleveland Clinic postpartum depression affects up to 15% of women after giving birth. People with postpartum depression experience emotional highs and lows, fatigue, guilt, anxiety and may have trouble caring for their baby. Postpartum Support Virginia is helping parents cope with this condition, with two events at The Haven on 5th Street, where Huddle Up Moms has a space. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

Galen College of Nursing gave a sneak peek today into its new Roanoke campus, which is taking shape and will open for in-person classes this July. Galen will offer two and four year nursing programs at its 15th campus nationwide.  LewisGale’s parent company HCA has a 15 percent stake in Galen College, which says it has helped over 30,000 graduates find jobs in the health care field over the past three decades. The Galen College of Nursing campus occupies a floor inside the former Allstate building on Electric Road. Amy Woods is the Chief Nursing Officer for LewisGale Medical Center in Salem, which will provide teachers for some courses at Galen College:

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