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Celebrating a Successful 2014
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Celebrating Ten Years of SAA with Chicago Schools
Last month OHA celebrated a decade of Smiles Across America® (SAA) and its partnership with Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Department of Public Heath by hosting Celebrating Smiles for Health, a health resource fair at Columbus Elementary School. In addition to a formal presentation and brush-a-thon, the celebration included free vision and dental screenings, flu shots and opportunities to learn about exercise and healthy eating. SAA first provided funding to the Chicago Department of Public Health for its sealant program for Chicago Public School students in 2004.

The anniversary program included remarks by Dr. Stephanie Whyte, Chief Health Officer for Chicago Public Schools, Dr. Bechara Choucair, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, OHA’s Beth Truett and Columbus Elementary School principal Wendy Oleksy. “Schools are the center of communities and we focus on educating students, but we know that healthy students are better learners,” said Dr. Whyte at the event. “To be here today to celebrate this work is an honor and I look forward to reaching more kids.”
OHA's Older Adult Education Workshops Impact Oral Health Literacy
The results are in for the Tooth Wisdom: Get Smart About Your Mouth pilot! Find out how the oral health education workshop series impacted older adults across Chicago and how new grant funding will help OHA expand the program in 2015.
OHA Launches SAA Partnership in Fresno
OHA recently welcomed the Healthy Smiles Mobile Dental Foundation to the Smiles Across America® (SAA) family. Healthy Smiles is one of the first pediatric, school-based, mobile dental clinics in California, primarily focused on providing restorative dental care to more than 5,000 children through a single dental van. Thanks to OHA and SAA, Healthy Smiles will be able to reach an additional 2,500 children and place 5,000 sealants next year.

The partnership kicked off with an event at Houghton Kearney Elementary, the alma mater of Healthy Smiles’ late founder, Dr. Wayne I. Kodama, that included a brush-a-thon to get students excited about taking care of their teeth. Welcome Healthy Smiles Mobile Dental Foundation to the SAA family!

Early-bird Ticket Prices to Gala End December 31st

OHA’s 25th Annual Gala & Benefit is coming up, taking place at the Chicago Hilton on February 25, 2015, and celebrating OHA’s 60th year. Early-bird ticket pricing for this not-to-be-missed event ends on December 31st. Tickets and sponsorships are still available and raffle tickets for a 2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet convertible can also be purchased now with the winner not needed to be present to win. This year's event is certain to be an evening to remember, so reserve your spot today!
Share Your Story With the Conference on Aging
Thank you to everyone who participated in our letter to the White House Conference on Aging—286 national, state and local organizations signed on to the letter urging conference organizers to include oral health on the conference agenda. The Conference on Aging is also asking for stories about aging from older adults and caregivers to recognize and celebrate contributions made by older Americans in light of the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid and the 80th anniversary of Social Security. We encourage all of our supporters to submit their stories as well—click here to share your story. 
Give Yourself the Gift of Oral Health
Now through February 2015 is open enrollment through the Affordable Care Act. When shopping for health coverage, don’t overlook your own oral health options. When looking for plans through Healthcare.gov, you can get dental coverage as part of a health plan or as a standalone plan. For children, dental coverage is an essential health benefit, meaning that insurers must make dental coverage available through a health plan or standalone plan. This is not the case for adults, so make sure you seek out dental coverage options. As countless studies tie oral health to overall health, it's important to include oral health in your insurance portfolio.
 

 
Every gift made to OHA supports programs that bring needed oral healthcare and education to the country's most vulnerable populations. To support this important work, please click the Give Now button. Click here for a list of donors who gave to OHA between November 19, 2014 and December 17, 2014. If your name should have been included, please contact Brad McLaughlin, Development Director at 312-836-9900 or Brad.McLaughlin@oralhealthamerica.org.

From the President & CEO: Thank You for Supporting Oral Health

Your much-needed support this year has been appreciated. Thanks to your generosity, OHA served more children, older adults and their caregivers in 2014. So that we might improve the lives of more than 500,000 people in 2015, we're asking you to make a gift before the end of the year. You can double your impact thanks to Ivoclar Vivadent, who will match every gift made to OHA through December 31.

OHA has ambitious plans for educating, serving and advocating for the improvement of Americans' oral and overall health in 2015 and we hope you will join us on this journey through your year-end gift. 
 

Beth Truett
President & CEO
SAA Grant Application
The Smiles Across America® (SAA) grant application for the 2015/2016 school year will be available in February 2015. Organizations interested in applying should visit the SAA webpage for more information and the application when it is made public. 
Support OHA While You Shop
You can support OHA by shopping on Amazon. Through AmazonSmile, you can select a charity to receive 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases. Just click here to designate OHA as your charity of choice and start shopping.
Make OHA Your Favorite on eBay
Help support OHA with just one click. Throughout December, the charity that receives the most new "favorites” on eBay will win a $25,000 grant. Plus eBay is giving away a $2,500 eBay gift card, along with other gift card prizes, to randomly drawn supporters who favorite a charity. Just click here to "favorite" OHA on eBay. 
OHA Continues to Spread the Word About Oral Health for Older Adults
OHA continues to connect with the older adult community, spreading the message of the importance of oral health. Most recently, Dora Fisher and Danica Collins talked about the ongoing work of the Wisdom Tooth Project®, including toothwisdom.org and Tooth Wisdom: Get Smart About Your Mouth, at the Illinois Governor's Conference on Aging and Disability. To orient conference attendees with the workshop content, participants were given the workshop pre- and post-tests and asked to rank their own oral health knowledge. 
OHA Hits the Road
OHA staff members look forward to seeing you at the following meetings and conferences across the country. Please find us and say hello!

January 28: Friends of the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research Annual Conference and Awards, Washington, D.C.

January 28-February 1: Yankee Dental Congress, Boston

February 26-28: Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting, Chicago 
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