OHA's eNewsletter: Empowering People to Learn Healthy Oral Habits in 2016
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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. 

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Houston Programs Join the OHA's Smiles Across America Network

Yellowstone Academy students smile for the cameras with Ronald McDonald at our partnership celebration with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry and Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC®) of Greater Houston/Galveston, Inc.

Oral Health America closed out the year by celebrating its partnership with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry and Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) of Greater Houston/Galveston, Inc.! The Texas-based Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program joins more than 300 partners in Oral Health America's Smiles Across America® (SAA) network. They received $20,000 in grant funding from OHA over two years to support the expansion of oral health preventive and limited restorative services to 1,000 students at CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare's school-based clinics.

In a program at UT's Denton A. Cooley, M.D. and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS, University Life Center, partners from industry, the healthcare community, and Communities in Schools-Houston came together to share common commitments and host an interactive brush-a-thon for Yellowstone Academy students, helping them to learn the importance of brushing their teeth for two minutes twice every day. 

Welcome to the SAA family! 

Oral Health Education for Caregivers 

 OHA Program Fellow Andie Kyros (far left) and Program Director Tina Mongomery (far right) pictured with Illinois Dental Hygienists' Association members and Chinese American Service League staff

Oral Health America's oral health education program, Tooth Wisdom: Get Smart About Your Mouth traveled to Chicago's Chinatown to deliver three oral health education workshops to over 350 caregivers. The caregivers employed through Chinese American Service League (CASL), were trained by members of the Illinois Dental Hygienists' Association. 

Thanks to everyone involved for helping OHA spread the message of the importance of oral health for older adults.

Minnesota Trains to Get Smart About Your Mouth

Minnesota dental hygienists learn the Tooth Wisdom: Get Smart About Your Mouth curriculum

Oral Health America partnered with Metropolitan Area on Aging, the Minnesota Oral Health Coalition and the Minnesota Dental Hygienists Association to bring Tooth Wisdom: Get Smart About Your Mouth to the land of 10,000 Lakes. Oral Health America trained 18 dental hygienists eager to deliver the important message that prevention is important at all ages, and that seniors can take charge of their overall health through improving their oral health. 

Thanks to Delta Dental of Minnesota for helping OHA to bring our workshop to Southern Minnesota and helping OHA spread the message of the importance of oral health for older adults.

Mark Your Calendar for OHA's Annual 26th Gala 

Hosted at the spectacular and historic Navy Pier, the highly anticipated event that kicks off the Chicago Midwinter Meeting will feature a cocktail reception, dinner and dancing, as well as a silent auction and raffle. Mardi Gras Redux also heralds OHA's return to this spectacular landmark during its centennial year.  

Proceeds generated from this event provide much-needed funds for OHA as we pursue our mission of raising awareness about the importance of oral health. OHA’s programs have grown tremendously due in large part to the support received from this annual event. We hope that you consider joining us for Mardi Gras Redux and in our effort to make a difference.
Hope to see you there!


In honor of our 60th anniversary, Oral Health America (OHA) is doing a series of interviews with leaders from organizations that have been longtime supporters of our work. 

Our fifth interview is with Dr. Kathleen O’Loughlin, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the American Dental Association. Read an excerpt from the interview below:

Both our organizations are committed to improving oral health. Would you elaborate on the areas and/or specific programs in which the American Dental Association and Oral Health America now collaborate? And how important is it for like minded organizations to combine resources?
Well, I already mentioned the important Ad Council program and let me say that without the support of Beth Truett, your President and CEO, we would have had trouble in holding that oral health coalition together. Oftentimes dental organizations have difficulty in moving forward when resources get tight. When they are not seeing real financial growth, boards have to make very difficult decisions about where to put their money. In 2009 and 2010, the ADA had to step back in several areas and we were pleased to see Oral Health America take up the mantle for older adults with the Wisdom Tooth Project. This dynamic program aims to make a difference in improved oral care for one of the fastest growing segments of our population.


From the President & CEO: RAISE Your Voice for Caregivers
Good news for family caregivers: the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act on December 8, 2015. It now moves to the House of Representatives. OHA applauds this bi-partisan legislation which directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish and sustain a National Family Caregiving Strategy to support family caregivers. OHA began to focus intently on the challenge of caregiving last year, as one of 40 organizations meeting bi-weekly with AARP since Feb. 2015 -- and the only one whose mission is dedicated to oral health.

OHA thanks Sen Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Sen Susan Collins (R-ME) for their total commitment to this urgent issue. It resonates with OHA’s mission by creating awareness about the complex and varied challenges caregivers of the young and old face in maintaining the health of those in their care. OHA proudly advocates for policies like RAISE that address inequities in our healthcare system and cause family caregivers to put their own health, livelihoods and financial security at risk to tend to the needs of their loved ones.   
Beth Truett
President & CEO
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 Brad McLaughlin, Development Officer, or call (312) 836-9900.
Ways to Help OHA Bring Healthy Mouths to Life!
Give the gift of a smile when you make a donation to Oral Health America. 

Though the holidays are over, you can still support OHA as the needs of our constituents are always present.
Through Amazon Smile, you can choose OHA to receive 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases. Simply designate OHA as your charity of choice and start shopping.
By selecting OHA as your charity of choice through eBay to shop and sell this season, you can also help us win an up to $25,000 grant from eBay Giving Works.
Join the iGive community today and get the iGive Button to earn a $5 Bonus for Oral Health America!
Act Now! There's Still Time...
Longtime OHA supporters the American Association of Dental Office Managers (AADOM) and Patterson Dental announced a new joint initiative at OHA's 2015 gala, “A Future to Smile About.” Through the initiative, AADOM and Patterson will each donate $50 to OHA’s Smiles Across America® (SAA) program for every AADOM annual membership purchased by dental practices through January 31, 2016. Visit 
for more information and use the code “OHA15” when purchasing memberships as part of the campaign.
OHA honors Dr. Alfano at 26th Annual Gala
Each year, OHA honors an individual whose career significantly impacts oral health on a regional or national level; has been innovative, creative and pioneering; demonstrated positive, measurable change over a sustained period; and, achieved success in overcoming barriers to oral health access, education and advocacy. This year, we are delighted to recognize Michael Alfano DMD, PhD, Professor, Dean and Executive Vice President Emeritus at New York University at our 26th Annual Gala & Benefit on February 24, 2016 at Navy Pier in Chicago. 

OHA hits the road!
January 19: OHA's Smiles Across America Partnership Celebration with Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Las Vegas, Nevada Health Centers, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine and Future Smiles, Las Vegas

January 27: OHA's Smiles Across America Partnership Celebration with
University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Northeastern Ohio, Inc., Cleveland

February 4: The Southern California Share & Learn Conference, Western University of Health Sciences, College of Dental Medicine, Pomona, CA

February 24: OHA's 26th Annual Gala & Benefit, Chicago

February 25-27: Chicago Dental Society MidWinter Meeting, Chicago

March 11: ADEA GoDental, Denver

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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