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Give Kids A Smile Nominations Due

The New York State Dental Foundation is seeking applications for the 2011 Give Kids A Smile Award.

Since 2007, the New York State Dental Foundation has awarded $90,000 to community health centers or service programs as part of its Give Kids A Smile Awards. The Foundation recognizes these programs’ ability to build, expand or enhance education, access and capacity with respect to oral health care for children. The Give Kids A Smile Award was inspired by the American Dental Association’s efforts to help at-risk children receive dental care and to raise awareness of unmet needs and oral health care access issues for children.

Nominations are due January 12. Winners will be announced in the spring.

In nominating a community health center or service program, consider the following:

  • Who is setting higher standards of oral health care and quality to meet future challenges?
  • Who is driving innovation in oral health care delivery and improving oral health outcomes within our communities?
  • Who is consistently demonstrating leadership and advocacy that is moving New York State in new directions to meet the oral health care needs of children?
  • Does nominee target education, screening and prevention, and access objectives in its parameters?

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