Fall for Smiles – Advocacy Week

Advocacy Week (October 2-6, 2017) 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

Advocacy Week Theme. Our Families, Our Future: Achieving Oral Health Equity"

Oral Health Advocate Training & Hill Visits

Registration and scholarships available until August 28 to join OHA on the Hill as an Oral Health Advocate. Find the schedule, information about Hill visits and training, and our 2017 legislative priorities (PDF 368 kB).

Registration & Schedule

Advocacy Week Reception

Join us as we celebrate those who have helped to improve the oral health outcomes for all Americans. This year’s honorees include Congressman John Lewis from Georgia and Senator Sherrod Brown from Ohio.

October 3rd from 5:00-7:00pm
Hart Senate Office Building
Room 902

RSVP for Reception

2017 Honoree Spotlight

We are honored to recognize Congressman John Lewis as the 2017 Marvin Goldstein Outstanding Public Service Award recipient and Senator Sherrod Brown as the 2017 Legislative Honoree.

Join us to thank Congressman Lewis, a leader who has spent his career seeking solutions to eliminate disparities and create an equitable playing field for our nation’s families, and Senator Brown for championing policies that improve the health of all children such as CHIP.

Calendar of Events - Advocacy Week

Twitter Chat - Monday, October 2Twitter Chat

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

Advocate Training & Evening Reception - Tuesday, October 3Advocate 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. The 2017 honorees include Congressman John Lewis and Senator Sherrod Brown. RSVP today!

Day on the Hill - Wednesday, October 4

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. The Day on the Hill will also include a Legislative Luncheon themed Oral Health is Health! to educate legislators and their staff about oral health’s connection to overall health and well-being. For more information on the Luncheon, please contact our Public Affairs team at [email protected]

Instagram Takeover - Thursday, October 5Instagram Takeover

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

Storify Summary - Friday, October 6Storify Summary

Storify offers up a recap of the week’s events as told through social media using #FallforSmiles.

More Ways to Get Involved

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Thank you to our Advocacy Week Sponsors!

3m, Oral Healthcare Can't Wait, Midmark
Is your organization interested in sponsoring our Fall for Smiles Advocacy Week? Contact us at [email protected] or (312) 836-9900 to learn more.