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Oral Health America to Bring Together Partners in Early Childhood Caries Prevention Project
CHICAGO, October 4, 2017 — Oral Health America (OHA) is pleased to kick-off a new project funded by Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), focused on the oral health needs of children 0 to 6 years in the U.S. In the first year of this three-year contingent grant, OHA is working with historic Smiles Across America® network partners, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine (UNLV SDM), Kids Smiles, Inc. (Philadelphia, PA), Children’s Dental Services (Minneapolis, MN) and University Hospital Health Systems, Inc. dba Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald Care Mobile (Cleveland, OH) to the Smiles Across America® (SAA) network.
Through this three-year initiative, RMHC, OHA and partners have established a mutual goal of impacting the oral and overall health of children aged birth to six years old through the Early Childhood Caries Prevention Project. This Project is working to reduce the incidence of childhood tooth decay by providing parent engagement and education and bi-annual oral health screenings and fluoride varnish applications as well as working with families to establish a dental home and providing case management for those children identified as high risk.
“This grant continues Oral Health America’s partnership with RMHC, and strategically positions OHA to impact the health of very young children through coalition building, partnership development, campaign/communications strategies and advocacy across the country,” said Beth Truett, President and CEO of Oral Health America. “We are excited to begin this initiative with our esteemed researchers and partners, with a goal to impact the lives of low-income children and their families.”
On Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Acelero Learning – Spring Valley Learning Center, 2845 Mohawk Street in Las Vegas, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., partners will come together to celebrate with a short program, a tour of Acelero Learning and oral health screenings and education.
Oral Health America supports oral health programs across the country through grant funding, technical assistance in the areas of communications and coalition building, product donations and demonstration projects to engage communities in the design of oral health programs. Each year, SAA reaches more than 500,000 children and distributes more than 500,000 units of donated dental product.
For more information about Oral Health America and its Smiles Across America® program, please visit oralhealthamerica.org.
Oral Health America
ABOUT ORAL HEALTH AMERICA
OHA’s mission is to change lives by connecting communities with resources to drive access to care, increase health literacy, and advocate for policies that improve overall health through better oral health for all Americans, especially those most vulnerable. Through Smiles Across America®, which serves 501,000 children annually, the Wisdom Tooth Project®, which reaches tens of thousands of older adults, and the Campaign for Oral Health Equity, which prioritizes oral health alongside other chronic diseases, OHA helps Americans of all ages to have a healthy mouth and to understand the importance of oral health for overall health. For more information about Oral Health America, please visit oralhealthamerica.org.
ABOUT RONALD McDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES®
Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. Through its global network of nearly 290 Chapters in more than 64 countries and regions and its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, the Ronald McDonald Family Room® and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, RMHC keeps families with sick children together, and close to the medical care their child needs at leading hospitals worldwide. RMHC programs not only provide access to quality health care, they enable family-centered care ensuring families are fully supported and actively involved in their children’s care. For more information, visit rmhc.org.