Fall for Smiles – Advocacy Week

Advocacy Week (October 1-5, 2018) is a major advocacy effort within Oral Health America’s Fall for Smiles campaign, which focuses on the oral health of families. While the Fall for Smiles campaign provides messaging and resources that support maintaining good oral hygiene habits at home, Advocacy Week encourages people to learn and speak out about policies that impact their oral health.

Please join Oral Health America this Advocacy Week as we work to ensure that every person can attain a healthy mouth.

Join Oral Health America on The Hill

Open your mouth: oral health is health!

Oral Health Advocate Training & Hill Visits

Register to join OHA in Washington, DC this fall as an Oral Health Advocate (scholarships available). Find the schedule and information about Hill visits and training in the button below.

  • Scholarship Application Deadline: August 17th
  • Registration Deadline: August 24th

Advocacy Week Reception

Save the Date! Join us on October 2nd as we celebrate those who have helped to improve the oral health outcomes for all Americans. This year we honor Dr. Caswell Evans, Assoc. Dean for Prevention and Public Health Sciences at the UIC College of Dentistry.

October 2nd from 5:00-7:00pm
Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Room TBA

RSVP for Reception

2018 Honoree Spotlight

We are honored to recognize Dr. Caswell Evans as the 2018 Marvin Goldstein Outstanding Public Service Award recipient.

Join us to thank Dr. Evans for his distinguished record in the field of public health including his directorship of the first Surgeon General’s report on oral health and leadership in establishing service learning externships at the UIC College of Dentistry, giving students personal experience with the issues of oral health equity.

Calendar of Events - Advocacy Week

Twitter Chat - Monday, October 1Twitter Chat

Help advocate for policies that prioritize oral health across the lifespan. Join us on October 1 at 2pm CDT to discuss issues impacting the oral health and overall health of children, adults, and older adults. Use #fallforsmiles to join the conversation and follow us @Smile4Health.

Advocate Training & Evening Reception - Tuesday, October 2Advocate Training & Evening Reception

The Advocate Training session is aimed at training board members, staff, and registered Oral Health Advocates on how to conduct a successful congressional meeting by prepping them with talking points and equipping them with the knowledge to quickly and effectively communicate our legislative priorities.

The Evening Reception is an opportunity to network with colleagues and celebrate those who have made an impact in oral health. RSVP today!

Day on the Hill - Wednesday, October 3

OHA’s Day on the Hill is an opportunity for board members, staff, and registered Oral Health Advocates to apprise their legislator on the most current issues in oral health.

Instagram Takeover - Thursday, October 4Instagram Takeover

Watch as past OHA Fellows and Interns take over OHA’s Instagram account for the day! Follow us on Instagram @Smile4Health.

Friday Recap - Friday, October 5Storify Summary

Missed an event? We'll do a full recap of the week and post it here to fill you in.

Thank you to our Advocacy Week Sponsors!


Is your organization interested in sponsoring our Fall for Smiles Advocacy Week? Contact us at [email protected] or 312-836-9900 to learn more.