Supporting Healthy Choices for Healthy Mouths
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Senate Passes the Older Americans Act

The Senate passed the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act late last week, which also marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the OAA into law. We applaud the Senate for passing this important legislation, which for the first time includes funding for oral health screenings for older adults. We encourage Congress to continue to include oral health in future legislation that impacts the overall health of the nation. 
RAISE Act Calls for Support for Family Caregivers
Left to right: Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary and AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins at the AARP Forum on Family Caregiving this month.
U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act this month, calling for the creation of a National Family Caregiving Project to develop a national strategy to support the 43 million family caregivers who provide $450 billion in uncompensated long-term care each year. The legislation was discussed at the Forum on Family Caregiving: Perspectives from Policymakers and Thought Leaders, convened by AARP. OHA works with AARP as part of the Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus to support family caregivers and wholeheartedly supports the RAISE Family Caregivers Act, also endorsed by AARP. Learn more about the RAISE Act.
The Importance of School-Based Health Centers
OHA exhibited at the School-Based Health Alliance’s Conference June 16-19 in Austin, TX. Because many of our Smiles Across America® Program Partners are based in or work with school-based health centers, OHA is proud to attend this conference each year. Youth Program Director Tina Montgomery hosted a raffle at the OHA booth and we are pleased to announce that Kankakee School Based Health Centers in Kankakee, IL, Open Door Family Medical Centers in Ossining, NY and Mercy Medical Associates in Paducah, KY won 100 Philips Sonicare PowerUp Toothbrushes for children in their programs. Congratulations!

     Inside This Year's ADHA
     Community Service Day

Check out our slideshow featuring photos from last month's ADHA Community Service Day sponsored by Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals, where OHA trained more than 40 volunteer dental hygienists on the Tooth Wisdom: Get Smart About Your Mouth curriculum. The hygienists then presented the workshop to older adults at seven different adult care facilities in Nashville.
The Benefits of a Healthy Smile
Actress Sophia Bush shares a photo announcing Philips Sonicare's donation on Instagram.
Philips Sonicare and Philips Zoom teamed up with Sophia Bush to support OHA and share how a beautiful smile can perfectly communicate the feelings you can't put into words. The Chicago P.D. star shared a picture with her Instagram fans with the new Philips Sonicare DiamondClean power toothbrush. Philips donated $25,000 to OHA as part of this special promotion. Thank you, Philips Sonicare, for your continued support!
Welcome to Our Newest Intern
Ramadya Mitchell has joined OHA for the summer as our first high school intern as part of the Chicago Lights Career Development Program. Ramadya is a rising senior at Morton West High School in Berwyn, IL and is working with OHA’s finance department. Welcome!

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 June 18, 2015 and July 14, 2015. If your name should have been included, please contact Brad McLaughlin, Development Director at (312) 836-9900 or

From the President & CEO: Healthy Choices

Kids face many choices growing up, and as parents and mentors we need to encourage them to make healthy choices. OHA’s work for children, including Smiles Across America® and NSTEP® (National Spit Tobacco Education Project), increases access to oral healthcare for hundreds of thousands of kids each year and provides valuable education to help them make healthy choices for their oral health and overall health. Support all of OHA’s pediatric initiatives by making a gift this summer, which will be matched by Henry Schein and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation.  

Beth Truett
President & CEO
60th Anniversary Interview Series
This month's interview is with Gary Price, President and CEO of the Dental Trade Alliance. Read our interview with Mr. Price about the DTA's long history of support for OHA's work.
Get a Sneak Peek at This Year's Fall for Smiles Campaign
OHA’s annual Fall for Smiles campaign is coming up this September, encouraging all Americans to take care of their mouths through daily oral care habits, regular dental visits, eating a healthy diet and avoiding tobacco products. Dental offices can learn how they can get involved in the campaign through our upcoming Fall for Smiles webinar, taking place August 12 at 12 p.m. CDT. Register for the webinar.
Collaborative Learning for OHA's SAA Partners
OHA started the Smiles Across America® Webinar Series to provide technical assistance for our SAA program partners across the country and give programs a forum to share information about promising practices and innovative projects. The next SAA webinar, Plaque Reduction in School Children Using a Disposable Brush Pre-Pasted with Xylitol Toothpaste, will take place on August 19 at 3 p.m. CDT. Go to the SAA technical assistance webpage to view our past webinars and sign up for future webinars.
Shop to Support OHA
Support oral health while shopping from the comfort of home. Through AmazonSmile, you can choose OHA to receive 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases through Amazon. Just click here to designate OHA as your charity of choice and start shopping.
Support OHA Through AADOM
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 Hits the Road
We hope to see you at the following meetings and conferences. Please find us and say hello!

July 24-28: National Dental Association Convention, Chicago

Aug. 28-30: American Association of Dental Office Managers Conference, Nashville
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