May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3


Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children's Goal: $1 Million in Grants by 2016

September 2013 Volume XLIX Number 5

Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children has embarked on a national effort to fund dentist-led, community-based initiatives providing dental care to children from families who cannot afford it. The Foundation has issued 36 annual grants of up to $20,000 to community organizations as part of a pilot effort to learn how the Foundation can leverage pediatric dentists' expertise to attack this growing national health problem. These pilot grants to date have helped more than 50,000 children receive care since 2010.
Thanks to its affiliation with the 8,800-member American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the nation's largest dental specialty dedicated to children's oral health, the Foundation can address this growing health problem by accessing the passion, generosity and expertise of pediatric dentists like no other national oral health charity.
Recognizing grant requests on average increased 40 percent annually during the pilot phase, HSHC released 15 grants in July 2013. Furthermore, building on the success of its annual Access to Care Grants, HSHC will announce in late 2013 the availability of two, five-year, $75,000 per year Access to Care Grants to be released in 2014.
The table below shows the anticipated growth of the HSHC's Access to Care work, including:
            Continuing Dental Home Day (DHD), a community service project at the AAPD Annual Session,             Expanding single-year Access to Care Grants (A2C) to 20 in 2014, 25 in 2015 and expanding to 30 in 2016, and
            Introducing five-year Access to Care Grants (A2Cx5) in 2014.




HSHC seeks philanthropic investors to help build the Foundation's capacity to expand the reach of its Access to Care efforts. The Foundation's grantmaking plans through 2016 can be supported by assets in hand; however, in addition to emphasizing Access to Care growth, the Foundation will establish a research and outcomes assessment plan to evaluate its actual impact on children served.

This effort will assess the impact of Foundation Access to Care Grants since 2010, and identify Access to Care best practices elsewhere that can influence the Foundation's grant agenda, improve its ability to identify and invest in initiatives making a difference in the lives of underserved children.

Specific markers will be defined as part of the Foundation's 2014-2016 strategic plan, but assessment research likely will focus on:

  • Dental disease prevalence segmented by demographics within the underserved,
  • Dental disease linkages to other systemic health issues, including malnutrition, and
  • Dental disease linkages to school performance difficulties, and other behavioral manifestations, caused by pain and distraction.

Pediatric dentists know firsthand the vast oral health needs of children. Quality dental care is no longer a worry for the families in their care, but there are thousands of families that don't know where to turn to get help for their children. Every child deserves a Dental Home. Excerpt from Every Child Deserves a Dental Home, the HSHC 2014-2016 Strategic Plan, May 23, 2013.