HOSA E-Magazine - page 16

Nearing its 10-year anniversary, America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation was created in
2006 to address the disease of childhood tooth decay, particularly of underserved children and youth. Through its
comprehensive programs, America’s ToothFairy mobilizes the Nation’s youth and adult allies, as well as the dental
profession in finding innovative ways to prevent tooth decay before it starts. One way America’s ToothFairy works
to solve the issue of pediatric dental disease is through its #MySmileMatters Youth Movement. The organization
recognizes the importance of mobilizing young people to solve the problems they face.
Today, America’s ToothFairy announces seven winners of the 2015-2016 #MySmileMatters mini-grants. This effort
was designed to spark the development of local oral health projects through the #MySmileMatters National Youth
Engagement Plan, while still allowing young people to incorporate their own creativity into local projects. This mini-
grant seeks to recognize the efforts of youth-focused groups and their adult allies across the US who are working to
raise the optics and conversation on children’s oral health. By providing mini-grants, America’s ToothFairy seeks to
grow the #MySmileMatters Youth Movement at the local level to allow young people to become the voice of the
importance of oral health literacy and access to oral healthcare for children.
We are proud to announce the winners of the #MySmileMatters mini-grant. Our two $3000 winners are
High School HOSA
of El Centro, CA, and
Rolla Technical Center HOSA
of Rolla, MO. Also, for their efforts, one
HOSA chapter was awarded $250:
Chattahoochee High School HOSA
in Johns Creek, GA.
Fern Ingber, CEO of America’s ToothFairy, expressed her pride in the applications received from across the US, and
said, “I cannot wait to see the impact #MySmileMatters has on the Nation, and what these grantees do to increase
oral health literacy in their own communities. Creating opportunities for youth to lead the conversation on oral health in
our Nation is an invaluable asset and America’s ToothFairy is committed to growing this effort.”
America’s ToothFairy will continue to
seek and provide mini-grant
opportunities through its
#MySmileMatters program. For more
information on this initiative and how
you can support it, contact Shannon
Weatherly, National Director of Youth
Programs at
Congratulations to these three HOSA
chapters from California, Georgia and
#MySmileMatters Youth Movement
Mini-Grant Winners
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