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Photo caption: Capital Blue Cross recently donated a check for $250,000 to help support the St. Luke’s Dental Van campaign, which provides oral health services to children in schools in the Valley of Lehigh. At the recent check presentation, left to right: Elisha Pugliese, Capital Blue Cross Account Manager, Major Market; Chrissy Hixson, Capital Blue Cross Director, Corporate Social Responsibility; Susan Hubley, Capital Blue Cross Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility; David Skerpon, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing of Capital Blue Cross; Mark Roberts, executive director, Star Community Health; Victoria Montero, Network Manager, Health Equity Initiatives & Adolescent Career Mentoring Programs, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN); Patrick Bower, Vice President, Development and External Affairs, SLUHN; and Kelly Chando, Director of Development, SLUHN.

Capital Blue Cross recently donated $250,000 to support the St. Luke’s Dental Van campaign. Over the next five years, the funds will help replace an aging fleet of dental vans that visit Lehigh Valley schools to provide oral health services to students.

The program provides much-needed dental care to people without insurance or access to reliable transportation at 40 schools in Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Schuylkill, Bucks and Monroe counties. A third of children cared for in vans are not covered by health insurance and about half of children have never been to the dentist.

For many students, these vans are their only access to dental care.

“Capital Blue Cross is committed to improving the health and well-being of our members and the communities they inhabit, and our ongoing work with St. Luke’s reflects this commitment,” said David Skerpon, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Capital Blue Cross. “The dental van campaign will not only help keep children healthy, but it will also help us reach children who otherwise might not have access to preventative dental care that benefits entire families and communities. “

Capital’s support of the St. Luke’s van is part of its broader commitment to improving dental health in central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. Since 2021, Capital has committed $835,000 to various dental initiatives in its 21-county service area.

Research shows that dental health and academic success are closely linked and that untreated dental problems can lead to pain, weight loss, missed school days and low self-esteem.

Capital’s support of the dental van program is one of the many ways the insurer is working with St. Luke’s to bring high quality, affordable care to the Lehigh Valley.

The check presentation took place Aug. 11 at the Hispanic Center of the Lehigh Valley (HCLV), a nonprofit whose mission is to help low-income community members overcome the barriers that come with poverty. , including access to health care.

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