May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3


Generosity to HSHC Comes in Many Forms

November 2012 Volume XLVIII Number 6

Were entering the most generous time of the year – a time when most of us make our annual contributions to the causes that mean the most to us.

Contributions take all forms and Id like to highlight a couple of recent contributions that can involve all of us:

SDI North America and Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children have kicked off a cause-marketing campaign where SDI will contribute $4 to HSHC for every 50-count package of its Riva glass ionomers. (See page 42 for more details.)

The beauty of SDIs gift is more than the projected $30,000 it likely will generate for the Foundations Access to Care initiatives. SDI will be promoting the campaign in its advertising (in these pages and other dental publications), and its field sales personnel will promote the campaign and the Foundations Access to Care message. Please give your local SDI representative a listen when he or she calls on you.

Another exciting opportunity in which we can play a role is the new HSHC Dental Home Day, a community service day providing oral care services to underserved children before the 2013 AAPD Annual Session in Orlando. Besides providing much needed care in our host community, this will be a great opportunity for participating member volunteers to see the faces of access to care in person.

We plan to provide care to at least 100 kids on the day and provide our local nonprofit partner with an Access to Care Grant to help provide a dental home for participating kids for the following year.

Help making this event possible are our friends from Sunstar Americas. Sunstar has made a three-year, $225,000 commitment to be the lead sponsor for Dental Home Day for the next three AAPD Annual Sessions: Orlando (2013), Boston (2014) and Seattle (2015). Were currently recruiting additional industry partners as well. (See page 41 for more.)

At Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children, we believe every child deserves a dental home. Academy members, industry partners and other supporters are working together to ensure the Foundation can continue expanding its efforts to help underserved children nationwide.

As we enter the holiday season, please consider including Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children in your year-end giving plans. Every child deserves a dental home. Please play your part.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children.

David K. Curtis, D.M.D., is a private practitioner in Columbus, Miss., and an AAPD past president.