POMEROY— Dr. Jacob Venoy, a recent graduate of Ohio State University, was awarded the $25,000 Delta Dental Foundation Community Commitment Award for his commitment to provide much-needed dental care to children and adults in a designated high-needs area in Ohio.
The Delta Dental Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization established in 1980 which serves as the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina. The foundation’s goals are to support education and research for the advancement of dental science and to promote the oral health of the public through education and service activities, particularly for those with special needs.
“The Delta Dental Foundation is proud to award Dr. Venoy the Community Commitment Award,” said Teri Battaglieri, director, Delta Dental Foundation. “This award recognizes his dedication to increasing access to care in a community where children and adults might otherwise not be able to receive the dental care they need.”
Venoy was chosen by faculty of the Ohio State University School of Dentistry based on his commitment to work for at least one year in a high-needs community immediately following completion of his dental education and licensure requirements.
Venoy is currently committed to working at Hopewell Health Centers Inc. in McArthur, very close to his hometown of Pomeroy, and said it gives him a platform to provide care to Medicaid recipients.
“I don’t think my dental school career could’ve had a better ending than receiving (the) Community Commitment Award,” Venoy said. “I am still in awe that anyone or any company would give such a generous gift, and I feel very grateful to be selected. I’ve always wanted to return home and care for my community and it feels even better to be rewarded for it.”