May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3


Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children President's Message

May 2012 Volume XLVIII Number 3

When we convene later this month in San Diego for the 65th AAPD Annual Session, Healthy Smiles Healthy Children (HSHC) will be kicking off a new era in public service.

In addition to celebrating the accomplishments of our 2011-2012 Access to Care grantees and introducing the 10 recipients of our 2012-2013 Access to Care Grants, this upcoming Annual Session will herald our renewed commitment to showcase the extraordinary work pediatric dentists do for the betterment of their communities. Beginning in San Diego, and continuing on the pages of PDT and through the Foundation’s and Academy’s websites, we hope to provide our members with ongoing examples of the generosity and commitment shared by their colleagues.

This coming year will represent the third year of a three-year pilot for the Access to Care initiative. During these three years, the Foundation will have issued nearly $400,000 in grants. We know we can do more and we want to do more.
That’s why, during the coming Academy year, the Foundation will develop plans for expanding the number of Access to Care Grants it will issue in 2013-2014. In addition, we will explore options for a second tier of Access to Care Grants, which possibly could include larger grant amounts offered through multi-year commitments to qualified organizations. We’re also going to be looking into how we can best evaluate the impact our grants have had on the oral health of participating children.

While our plans will take months to develop, here’s what you can do today:
  • Be our eyes in your community. If you see opportunities where the Foundation might be able to help, urge your colleagues to apply for Access to Care Grants. We can’t fund every application we receive, nor is every applicant qualified, but the more applications we receive, the better we can understand what’s happening.
  • Tell us what you’re doing the help the underserved. Whether it’s with the Foundation, providing pro bono care in your practice or through other means, knowing about your efforts will help us better understand the scope of need.
  • Get your colleagues involved. Urge your colleagues to help the underserved and show them how they might be able to help.
  • Please give to Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children. Your gift will not only help what we’re doing today but it is an investment in the future of child oral care.
Thank you for your ongoing support of Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children.

Dr. David K. Curtis
Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children President