May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3


A Message from Your HSHC President

September 2017 Volume LII Number 5

Help us Give it Away

If there’s one thing I’ve learned dur- ing my tenure as Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children President, you’re more popular when you’re giving money away than when you’re asking for it. So, instead of asking for your contribution to Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children, I’m seeking your assistance in helping us give it away.

Next month, we will issue our eighth call for applications for HSHC Access to Care Grants. These are one-year grants of up to $20,000 for qualified organiza- tions providing dental services to children from underserved families.

Since 2010, HSHC has issued more than $4.6 million in grants and commit- ments to 89 organizations in 32 states and the District of Columbia.

During the last five years, total Access to Care Grant applications have ranged between 202 and 340 per year. Last year was our most competitive year yet with applicants making the final round of con- sideration scoring an average of 4.4 out of 5 (up from an average of 4 from the previous year).

So, instead of asking for your contri- bution, I have this plea: If you’re involved with any effort to help provide care to the underserved, apply for an HSHC Access to Care Grant. If you know someone who is involved with an effort to provide care to the underserved, encourage him or her to apply.

If you’re thinking about applying, please note:

• HSHC only funds programs that are affiliated with accredited dental schools (including residency pro- grams) and established nonprofit or- ganizations. We do not award grants to start-up organizations, individual practitioners or private practices.
• Funded programs must be dentist- led. Whether it’s a pediatric dentist or general practitioner, every pro- gram supported by HSHC must be under the direct supervision of a dentist.
• Funded activities must provide direct support for Dental Homes. Applicants must demonstrate how their efforts provide ongoing care for treated patients. We do not fund one-time screenings and other types of intervention events.

Our full grant guidelines are available at By late October, qualified organizations will be able to apply online through HSHC’s website. The deadline to submit complet- ed applications will be in late December. (Any application-related questions can be directed to Grants and Programs Associ- ate Kelly Katona at

Since 2010, our grantees have helped provide Dental Homes for more than 320,000 kids. Earlier this spring, HSHC set the goal of helping our grantees help another 700,000 children in order to reach the 1 million child mark by June 2022. Increasing the number of annual applicants for HSHC Access to Care Grants is just one step toward reaching our million-child goal.

Besides identifying great programs for funding, applications taken together give us a bigger-picture view of what’s going on in the field. Each application cycle gives us ideas that we put to use in many other ways.

So, instead of asking for your con- tribution, I’m asking for your help in helping us give it away. If you’re affiliated with a qualified program, apply. If you know someone affiliated with a qualified program, ask them to apply. I’d like to be a little more popular.

Thank you.

Dr. Ned Savide
HSHC President
AAPD Past President (2005) Dr. Savide, is a retired pediatric dentist residing in suburban Chicago.

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