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 Rush County dentist awarded Delta Dental Foundation’s Community Commitment Award
$25,000 award recognizes dentist’s desire to serve high-needs community
Indianapolis, Indiana— The Delta Dental Foundation recently honored Dr. Jessica Cole of Rush County, Indiana with a prestigious award from the Delta Dental Foundation—the $25,000 Community Commitment Award.
Cole is a 2017 dental school graduate of Indiana University (IU) and was selected for the award because of her dedication and commitment to the field of dentistry.
At IU, Cole received a bachelor's degree in biology and once she was admitted to the dental school, became involved in the community, including the Student Professional and Ethics Association, secretary for student government, the Student Wellness Committee. She has also recently devoted time to increasing awareness of mental health and suicide through the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Walks in honor of her mother. 
“The Delta Dental Foundation is proud to award Dr. Cole the Community Commitment Award,” said Teri Battaglieri, director, Delta Dental Foundation. “We are glad that she will continue her practice of serving others by increasing access to dental care in a high needs community.”
Cole was selected for the award by IU faculty based on her commitment to work for at least one year in a high-needs community immediately following completion of his dental education and licensure requirements.
She will practice in her hometown of Rush County as an associate with Dr. J Andrew Taff and said she is looking
forward to serving a community she loves and cherishes.
“Jessica has time and again exhibited the highest levels of dedication to her community both back home in Rushville and here at IU School of Dentistry,” said Dr. James Oldham of IU. “Thanks to the support of the Delta Dental Foundation she will return home to be a tremendous asset to an area of our state currently experiencing a shortage of health professionals.”
About Delta Dental Foundation
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. For more information, visit