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HSHC President's Message

May 2013 Volume XLVIX Number 3

 With my last AAPD Annual Session as Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children president just around the corner, I’m feeling more than a bit proud of the Foundations accomplishments during the last three years. Since July 2010:

 

Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Access to Care Grants will have helped grantee organizations help more than 500,000 kids.

 

Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children will have released more than $700,000 in access to care related grants (including those to be released in July 2013).

 

We introduced Dental Home Day, a day of service providing oral care to underserved kids, which will kick off during the AAPD Annual Session in Orlando.

 

Member contributions have increased annually—including last years all-time high when 16 percent of Academy members donated to Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children.

 

None of these accomplishments would have been possible without those who came before me, notably Dr. Paul Kennedy Jr., who will be retiring from the Foundation board when his term as Immediate Past President concludes this month. Paul and the Board members during his tenure as president put us on the path to access to care, which has positioned the Foundation for great things emerging today. Thank you, Paul.

 

The future of the Foundation is in great hands with the election of our incoming President, Dr. Beverly Largent. Beverly has been a guiding force within the Foundation since joining the HSHC Board as AAPD President-Elect. She chaired the ad hoc committee that developed our access to care strategy and shes served the last three years as our Grants and Programs Committee chair, overseeing the growth of access to care work. Shes a dedicated child advocate and I look forward to working with her in her new role.

 

I must also thank all of the women and men serving within the Foundation as grant reviewers and committee members. These dedicated professionals put in hours of volunteer work on conference calls, sorting through grant requests, and helping staff with fundraising work.

 

Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children is working to be the embodiment of all that is right about pediatric dentistry. As pediatric dentists, we all are dedicated to the well-being of children. Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children taps into our passion and dedication for the benefit of those children whose families cannot afford dental care.

 

As my term as president comes to a close, I look forward a future when our accomplishments of the last three years will pale in comparison to the shared accomplishments to come.

 

Every child deserves a dental home. Thank you for doing your part. Sincerely,

David K. Curtis, D.M.D.

President