February 3, 2014 -- The Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) and its members will kick off the Give Kids a Smile® initiative, a national program sponsored by the American Dental Association, on February 7. The program provides children throughout the state with free dental services such as screenings, sealants, cleanings, fillings and education about proper oral care, with the hope of providing them with a dental home.
“I am proud that Connecticut’s dental community comes together each year to support the Give Kids a Smile program. This initiative, which is dedicated to increasing access to oral care and eliminating cavities in children by 2020, is in line with the CSDA’s commitment to increase access to dental care,” said Dr. Elise Cozzi, chair of the CSDA Give Kids a Smile program. “I am excited to announce we are continuing to advance this initiative through five Expansion Support Grants this year.”
The Expansion Support Grants provide funding to organizations to expand their current Give Kids a Smile program or begin a new program. This year’s recipients are:
- Hartford Dental Society/Community Health Services, Inc.
- Central Area Health Education Center
- Southwestern Area Health Education Center/ORBIT
- Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center
- Community Health Center, Inc.
“Through programs such Give Kids a Smile, Connecticut’s dental community has helped increase dental service access for children throughout the state,” said Dr. Mark Desrosiers, CSDA President. “In 2013, more than 290 volunteers donated their time to the Give Kids a Smile program to provide dental and education services for 2,846 children valued at more than $280,000.” The CSDA implemented the first Give Kids a Smile day in 2003 to raise awareness of dental disease and to increase access to oral health care through local public and private partnerships. In 2008, the program expanded from a one day event to a larger program. For more information about Give Kids a Smile visit, www.ada.org/8048.aspx.
For a list of some of the upcoming Give Kids A Smile programs taking place throughout the Connecticut, click here.