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A $21,000 Swish with Listerine to Support SAA


Listerine has partnered with OHA to promote its 21 Day Challenge campaign, which challenges Americans to get healthier gums by swishing with Listerine twice a day for 21 days. Film and TV star Ginnifer Goodwin kicked off the challenge with The $21,000 Swish, which led to a contribution by Listerine to OHA's Smiles Across America® (SAA) program. In addition, Listerine will donate $6.40 for every person who signs up for the 21 Day Challenge on the company's Facebook page. Read the official press release for more information and don't forget to sign up on Facebook to support SAA!


February Focus on Healthy Mouths for Kids


February is a big month for children's oral health, with both National Children's Dental Health Month (NCDHM) and Give Kids a Smile Day (GKAS) taking place. OHA is proud to celebrate NCDHM and GKAS with the American Dental Association to bring attention to the importance of oral health for children this month and year-round. For resources on how to participate in NCDHM, including free posters and activity sheets for kids, please visit the ADA website.


Getting to Know Our SAA Partners


As much as we love supporting our Smiles Across America® (SAA) partners, we love hearing about the work they're doing to bring oral health care to children even more. We've heard from several SAA partners recently via thank you letters, and in honor of National Children's Dental Health Month, we'd like to highlight some of the stories they shared with us.


Harris Grant Winners' Big Plans for February


The American Dental Association and OHA awarded three deserving organizations with this year's Dr. Samuel D. Harris Fund for Children’s Dental Health Month Award: Children's International Health Relief  in Tacoma, WA, LIFT-Levantate in San Rafael, CA, and the Mississippi Oral Health Community Alliance in Jackson, MS. Find out their ambitious plans to promote oral health for children during the month of February.


Welcome to Our Newest Staff Member

Matt Inden/Miles/Colorado Tourism Bureau

Tina Montgomery joined the OHA team this month as a Program's Manager, focusing on Smiles Across America® and NSTEP® (National Spit Tobacco Education Program). Tina comes to us from the American Dental Association, where she worked as a Program Specialist for Give Kids a Smile and National Children's Dental Health Month. Welcome to OHA, Tina!


From the President & CEO: Working Together

President Obama recognized the importance of caring for those most vulnerable in his inauguration speech last month. Helping America's vulnerable populations is at the heart of OHA's work--find out how it informs our mission every day.
Beth Truett
President & CEO

Connecting America with Smiles

This year's Gala & Benefit is just a few days away! Taking place Feb. 20 at Navy Pier, it's not too late to reserve your spot. Visit the gala webpage for tickets and further details about the event. Don't forget to pre-purchase your raffle tickets for a chance to win a carbon fiber bike, technology package or a trip to St. Lucia; attendance is not required to participate!

Two Minutes for Oral Health

The 2min2x campaign from the Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths Health Lives is a 3-yaer project. Visit the campaign website to get tips for encouraging kids to take care of their teeth and learn how you can get involved.

Bringing Healthy Mouths to America's Teens

Care Credit recently provided a grant to OHA to support efforts to expand Smiles Across America to adolescents. As a result, the Huntridge Teen Clinic in Las Vegas will receive a grant to help provide dental care to uninsured and at-risk teenagers. Raymundo, pictured above, is one teen who was helped by the clinic and is now studying to become a dental hygienist. Thank you, Care Credit, for your generosity! 

Supporting Physical Education

OHA recently signed a letter with the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance supporting the PHYSICAL Act, a bill being introduced into Congress that requires physical and health education in schools. Contact your members of Congress today and ask them to support this legislation. 

Meet the Communications Team

After welcoming our new eCommunications and Events Coordinator, the OHA communications team now consists of Liz Tapp, Brittany Wright, Melissa Hoebbel, and Jennifer Gilbert. Melissa was recently promoted to Associate Director of Marketing. Congratulations, Melissa!

In the News

The Daily Mail, Us Weeklythe New York Postand JustJared.com were among the many media outlets to cover the Listerine 21 Day Challenge launch event.

OHA board member Larry Twersky was interviewed on KSDK in St. Louis about the dangers of snoring.




















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