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Becoming the Nation's Leading Child Oral Health Charity

January 2014 Volume L Number 1

 During the course of my various roles within the AAPD and HSHC, I've been to the Academy's home office in Chicago so many times the city often feels like a second home to me. Chicago is a beautiful place, offering something new each time I visit even if it's something decades-old that I've only noticed for the first time.

 

My musings here are not about Chicago, but about the man many credit as a force behind the city's literal rise from the ashes after it was almost completely destroyed by the great fire of 1871: Daniel Burnham.

 

An architect and city planner, Burnham put Chicago on the map two decades after the fire with the opening of the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893 and his subsequent Plan of Chicago published in 1909. Elements of his century-old plan are with us today, as is his plan for San Francisco and historical buildings in Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

 

Millions of people have benefitted from his vision without realizing it. It's fitting that, in describing his philosophy, Burnham said, "Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably will not themselves be realized."

 

That sentiment is relevant to the Academy and its Foundation. As announced previously, the Academy has embarked on a three-year public relations plan positioning pediatric dentists as "The Big Authority on Little Teeth." Meanwhile, HSHC's board of trustees in November approved a marketing plan with the ambitious goal of positioning the Foundation as the nation's leading child oral health charity. Big Plans for Little Teeth Burnham was right about little plans lacking magic. That's why Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children is making bigger plans
 to expand our efforts to provide Dental Homes for underserved children throughout the country. In our first four years of Access to Care Grants, we've awarded more than $700,000 in grants supporting community-based dental care in 17 states. We're poised to double that amount later this spring:

 

As this issue of PDT goes to press, we're reviewing 120 Access to Care Grants to identify qualified agencies who will receive as much as $400,000 in single-year grants later this year.

 

Next month, we'll be hearing presentations from agencies vying for our first Multi-Year Access to Care Grants ($375,000 over five years), which will be awarded this summer.

 

Our second annual Dental Home Day will be May 22, 2014, in Boston. Visit our website for information on how you can volunteer.

 

All of this growth is made possible thanks to the generosity of Academy members who in dollars and in numbers are contributing more to Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children. We collectively can help hundreds of thousands of children in our practices and through our charitable support of Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children.

 

While Burnham's 19th-Century designs remain relevant today, we can only hope the Foundation's plans have similar staying power. We are going to help hundreds of thousands of underserved children for years to come.

 

I am optimistic for what together we can accomplish for underserved children in the United States. I hope our plans are Burnham-worthy. and they have the magic to stir your blood so they might be realized.

 

Every child deserves a Dental Home. Thank you for doing your part.

Beverly A. Largent, D.M.D., is a private practitioner from Paducah, Ky.


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