HOSA E-magazine Spring 2015 - page 18

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Smile Drive Creates
Awareness For Childhood
Dental Disease
As featured on KDLT News in Sioux Falls, SD
SOUTH DAKOTA
Pediatric dental disease is the number one chronic
childhood illness in America.
O’Gorman/Sioux Falls in Harrisburg, SD participated in the Smile
Drive this year. Through their solicitation of local dental offices, a
Walmart grant secured through a letter of support from National
Children’s Oral Health Foundation: America’s ToothFairy based
on HOSA’s national partnership with NCOHF, and a collection
drive at three pharmacies, they were able to collect 11,287 oral
care products for children in need. They distributed the products
to Native American/Tribal communities in South Dakota, as well
as provided oral health education for the children there.
To be able to get this kind of community support, to interact
closely with health professionals on a common goal, and to
impact an underserved population in this way is nothing short of
spectacular. I think this project demonstrated the power of the
HOSA-Future Health Professionals – NCOHF partnership and
provided additional opportunities for community impact.
Congratulations to Carol Vaca, advisor, and HOSA members
at O’Gorman/Sioux Falls HOSA for helping with the collection
of over 11,000 oral care products which is equivalent to
$18,700 value to the community—simply amazing!
America’s ToothFairy based on
HOSA’s national partnership with
NCOHF, and a collection drive at three
pharmacies, they were able to collect
11,287 oral care products for children
in need.
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