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Oral Health America's mission is to change lives by connecting communities with resources to drive access to care, increase health literacy, and advocate for policies that improve overall health through better oral health for all Americans, especially those most vulnerable. 

Oral Health America's Monthly eNewsletter

Fall for Smiles

As our Fall For Smiles campaign continues, OHA gears up to take action on the Hill with Advocacy Week (September 11-16, 2016), a major policy awareness effort within the campaign, focused on the oral health of families. While the Fall For Smiles campaign provides messaging and resources that support maintaining good oral hygiene habits at home, Advocacy Week encourages people to learn and speak out about policies that impact their oral health.  Please join Oral Health America as we work to ensure that every person can attain a healthy mouth. 

To find out how you can get involved and take action, visit our website at    
Each year as part of the campaign, OHA conducts a public opinion poll to better understand consumers’ oral health habits, experiences and needs. In 2016, we are highlighting the 2.5 million grandparents raising grandchildren, otherwise known as grandfamilies. The poll commissioned by OHA through Wakefield Research delves into questions such as:
Are grandparents more well-informed about the impact of oral health on themselves and their grandchildren…or less? Do they find that accessing oral healthcare for their grandchildren is hampered by custody arrangements?  Are grandparents bypassing care for themselves in order to provide care for their grandchildren?

OHA's findings include the fact that 57% of grandparents have delayed their own dental care to accommodate the cost of their grandchild's dental care needs. Poll results will be released during the Fall for Smiles campaign through social media. The full report will be released on September 14th at OHA's Advocacy Week reception in Washington, DC.
This is your last chance to register to become an Advocate.  Learn more about Fall for Smiles at

Make a Gift with an IRA Rollover

Are you looking for an easy way to help the causes you care the most about?  Congress has extended the IRA charitable rollover and made it permanent. If you are 70 1/2 or older, you can make a gift from your IRA account to help support the work of OHA, and you can benefit from it at the same time. Gifts made from your IRA (up to $100,000 per year) are not reportable as taxable income. They also qualify for your required minimum distribution (RMD), which can lower your income and taxes.

To learn more about the benefits of making an IRA charitable rollover gift, please visit or contact our Chief Advancement Officer, Tamara Reed Tran at

ADA Visit with the Interns and Fellows

ADA visit
Erika Baker (Intern), Jada Harrison (Fellow), Kathy O'Loughlin (former Board Member), Andie Kyros (Fellow), Steven Gabriel (Intern)

On Wednesday, July 27th the American Dental Association welcomed Oral Health America’s 2016 program fellows, Jada Harrison and Andie Kyros, and interns Erika Baker and Steven Gabriel. The team was treated to a tour of the Chicago headquarters, led by esteemed 27-year employee John Fernandez. The group was surprised by the many lesser-known facets of the ADA, including their state of the art filming studio which features a fully equipped green room.

The team then enjoyed lunch with executive director and former Oral Health America board member Kathy O’Loughlin.  Steven Gabriel noted “Dr. O’Loughlin was incredibly down-to-earth and so welcoming.”

This outing marks the second year that Dr. O’Loughlin and the ADA have hosted fellows from OHA. Tyler Brown, now at Tufts School of Dental Medicine, also met with Dr. O’Loughlin in 2015 during his fellowship.  The team agrees that the experience was invaluable.  We look forward to a continued relationship with the ADA on behalf of our interns and fellows.

Applications Open for Interns & Fellows

Steven Gabriel (Summer Intern Older Adults) and Erika Baker (Summer Intern Youth)

As we bid farewell to the summer, we too must say goodbye to our wonderful Bernard & Kathleen Beazley Summer Interns who worked tirelessly for us during their time here.  Erika Baker, our Summer Intern, Youth Programs, had this to say about her time at OHA:

“My time here at Oral Health America was truly life changing.  From my first day, I was engulfed in public health issues that exist in dentistry.  I was able to see, firsthand, the scope of need that exists in our nation.  From this, I gained a better understanding of the significance of OHA’s mission and my involvement in various projects during my internship.

From oral health education to advocacy and accessibility, OHA has taught me how valuable and impactful public oral health can be.  My internship at OHA has increased my interest and passion in the many facets of total health, and I look forward to embarking on my journey through dentistry with knowledge and skills Oral Health America has afforded me.”
Steven Gabriel, our Summer Intern, Older Adults Programs, recalled:

“Working for Oral Health America was the perfect opportunity to combine my interest in public health with my passion for dentistry.  The skills I’ve gained as an intern with OHA’s Wisdom Tooth Project® will serve as a valuable asset to me in all of my academic, professional, and personal endeavors.  By directly witnessing OHA generate a resounding impact in communities throughout Chicago and across the nation, I’m motivated more than ever to embody the organization’s mission.  Through the work I conducted with the incredible team, I now have a greater understanding of the most pressing issues in modern dentistry.  The endless opportunities at Oral Health America enriched my prior dental experiences, deepened my appreciation for the profession, and provided me with life-long colleagues.”

We are happy to announce the application for the 2017 Bernard & Kathleen Beazley Summer Internship Program is available online at
We are also happy to announce that the application for the 2017-2018 Program Coordinator Fellowship Program is now available online at  

OHA Board Member Celebrates Half-Way Mark of Hannah's Bike Ride

Peggy Cottrell (Board Member) treats Hannah Wilson (Smile4Health Rider) and Patrick (companion rider) to dinner.

OHA Board Member, Peggy Cottrell, treated our Smile4Health bike-rider Hannah Wilson and her riding companion Patrick to dinner to celebrate their half-way mark.  Peggy was so impressed, she had these words of praise:  

“With 33 days and slightly over half of the ride behind them, Hannah and Patrick were so delightful to be with the other evening. Expecting to find them a bit on the exhausted side, I was amazed at their level of energy and enjoyed hearing stories about their experiences along the way.  They are really roughing it and both are resourceful, sleeping in tents and finding water and food as they make their way across the country.  I have no doubt they will make it to the finish line in Astoria, Oregon.”

Expecting to finish approximately a week ahead of schedule, Hannah and Patrick are well on their way to achieving their goal of 4,228 miles.  You can find out more about Hannah's and Patrick's "roughing it" experience by following Hannah's blog at  

If you'd like to support Hannah's ride and make a donation to OHA on her behalf, please visit  

September 2016
From the President & CEO: Clearing the Smoke
Dear Oral Health Advocates,

As Oral Health America explores the phenomenon of Grandfamilies in the US, we recognize the challenges and joys encountered by the estimated 2.6 million grandparents responsible for their grandchildren. Whether caregivers by choice, need or circumstance, OHA believes that support is sorely lacking and a national strategy is needed to assist all 40 million unpaid family caregivers whose services are valued at $470 billion annually.
OHA is joining with AARP and other national organizations to support the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act (S.1719/H.R. 3099) to implement a bipartisan recommendation requiring the development of a national strategy to support family caregivers. Through an advisory body from the private and public sectors the strategy would identify specific actions that communities, providers, employers, government, and others can take.
The time to act is now! This legislation was passed unanimously by the Senate in December 2015 and has been referred to the Committee on Education and Workforce. With great hope that this bipartisan bill might still be acted upon in the House during this very short legislative year, I ask you to make a call to 1-844-259-9351 to be connected to your Member of Congress and urge them to pass the RAISE Act.
Beth Truett
President & CEO
Associate Board Event
OHA's Associate Board hosted its inaugural event with great success at Halligan Bar in Chicago on August 18. Thank you to the Associate Board members and all who attended the event for making it a great night!  Learn more about this dynamic group on Facebook.
Run in the Philadelphia Marathon
Are you a runner in the Philadelphia area?  Looking for a team to run for in the Philadelphia Marathon?  OHA is looking for runners to join our former OHA Fellow Bailey Moorhead, now a D3 at University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, in completing a Full or Half Marathon!  Race weekend is November 18-20, 2016.  If you're interested in registering to run on our behalf as part of OHA's Smile4Health team, please contact our Advancement Coordinator, Jonathan Mayo. Spots are filling fast!
NDA Health NOW, Community Event 2016

NDA Health NOW, Community Event 2016 was an inter-professional collaboration and partnership brought together by Oral Health America, the National Dental Association and the National Optometric Association as they hosted a Day of Care serving approximately 100 older adults, children, and families. With sponsorship from Colgate’s Bright Smiles Bright Futures and PNC, as well as assistance from Renaissance Adult Day Homemaker Services, Fellowship Chicago, and Plano Vision, attendees were provided vision screenings, comprehensive eye exams and eyewear, as well as oral health screenings and educational resources at no cost.

Every gift made to OHA supports programs that bring much needed oral healthcare and education to the country's most vulnerable populations. Consider supporting this important work, by clicking the 'Give Now' button. For more information about OHA, our programs and how you can make a difference, please email Tamara Reed Tran, Chief Advancement Officer, or call (312) 836-9900.
OHA hits the road!
September 15-17: AADOM (Exhibiting), Boca Raton, FL

September 18-24:  
SAA Launch-Trident Drive Week

September 28-30:
Santa Fe Group Salon (Moderating), Arlington, VA

October 4:
Research America Hill Briefing (Presenting), Washington, DC

October 19-22:
ADA Annual Meeting (Exhibiting), Denver, CO

Patterson Dental and the American Association of Dental Office Management have teamed up to support OHA’s programmatic work for children. Through “A Future to Smile About,” both organizations will each donate $50 to OHA’s Smiles Across America® program for every AADOM annual membership purchased by dental practices, using the promo code “OHA16” through January 31, 2017.
Ways to Help OHA Bring Healthy Mouths to Life!
Give the gift of a smile when you make a donation to Oral Health America. 

You can support OHA as the needs of our constituents are always present.
Brush-a-thon at NYU

NYU College of Dentistry and OHA are teaming up to host a Brush-a-thon with the children from PS 142 in New York City.  At the event, they will join with local legislators and the NYU Pediatric Dentistry team to learn an important lesson about keeping their smiles healthy and bright! All Brush-a-thon attendees will simultaneously brush their teeth for two minutes. The program is a great opportunity to create good brushing habits at an early age and to kick start a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums!

Trident Drive Week
OHA’s Smiles Across America® (SAA) is the children & youth program which supports school-based & school-linked sealant programs nationwide to provide preventive oral health services and education to children who may not have access to regular care.  SAA addresses the most common preventable health epidemic our children face: tooth decay.  Trident was the first major supporter of OHA’s SAA since its establishment in 2004.  To honor this partnership, Trident will kick off a week-long promotion where 5 cents of every pack of Trident gum purchased from September 18-24 will be donated to SAA.  

OHA is a Better Business Bureau accredited charity, meeting all 20 standards of charity accountability. These standards include excellence in how OHA governs the organization, the truthfulness of OHA's representation and the willingness to disclose basic information to the public. We're proud to participate in the Charity Seal Program and are committed to continuing to meet these high standards.
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