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Collaborators work to expand, improve GKAS activities

Sponsors present annual donations at GKAS National Advisory Committee meeting

June 06, 2014

St. Paul, Minn.—Leaders in organized dentistry, staff from the ADA and ADA Foundation and representatives from the dental industry and private practice met April 22 at the 3M Innovation Center to oversee the ongoing activities of the Give Kids A Smile National Advisory Committee.

The committee reviewed its involvement in a variety of programs and activities, said Dr. Jeff Dalin, committee chair.



Advisory committee: The Give Kids A Smile National Advisory Committee shows off the hood of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion autographed by driver and GKAS ambassador Greg Biffle. Pictured from left are Paul Amundsen, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry; Debby Robinson, Victory Management Group; Dr. Gary Roberts, ADA Board of Trustees; John Stefanick, 3M ESPE; Cindy Hearn, CareCredit; Dr. Jeff Dalin, chair, GKAS National Advisory Committee; Dr. Su-yan Barrow, Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals; Dr. James Jenkins, ADA Council on Communications; Dr. Leslie Grant, National Dental Association; Janine MacLachlan, ADA; Clay Mickel, ADA; Beth Truett, Oral Health America; Jason Krause, Henry Schein; Gene Wurth, ADA Foundation: Amy Moorman, Dental Trade Alliance; Jodi Case, 3M ESPE; Dr. Ernie Garcia, Hispanic Dental Association; and Candy Ross, ADA Foundation Board of Directors and Kavo Kerr Group.

“The GKAS National Advisory Committee is a great collaboration between organized dentistry, corporations, ADA and ADA Foundation staff and private dentists,” Dr. Dalin said. “Our goal is to continually work on expanding the Give Kids A Smile program: to get more dentists, dental students, corporations, legislators and others involved; to develop new projects under the GKAS umbrella; and—most importantly—to get access to dental care for more and more children. Our goal is to reach 100 percent of children.”

The ADA launched the Give Kids A Smile program nationally in 2003, offering dentists nationwide the opportunity to join with others in their community to provide volunteer dental services to underserved children. The program initially began as a one-day event in February, but has since grown to local and national events year-round. Each year, about 400,000 children benefit from more than 1,500 events, all because of the efforts of 40,000 or more annual volunteers.

Give Kids A Smile Day programs; GKAS/NASCAR events; the GKAS Community Leadership Development Institute; and collaborations with TeamSmile; the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives; Mission of Mercy and more are just some of the programs and activities that have grown from the original program. For more details on Give Kids A Smile, visit http://www.ada.org/en/public-programs/give-kids-a-smile

 
CareCredit and Give Kids A Smile: Cindy Hearn presents a check from CareCredit to Gene Wurth, ADA Foundation executive director, and Dr. Jeff Dalin, chairman, ADA GKAS National Advisory Committee. Ms. Hearn, senior vice president, Brand Management, CareCredit, is a member of the ADA Foundation Board of Directors and the ADA GKAS National Advisory Committee. The donation will be used for GKAS and related outreach efforts.
 
Colgate and Give Kids A Smile: (From left) Dr. Su-yan Barrow presents a check from Colgate to the Gene Wurth, ADA Foundation executive director, and Dr. Jeff Dalin, chairman, ADA GKAS National Advisory Committee. Dr. Barrow is Scientific Affairs Manager for Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals. The donation will be used for GKAS and related outreach efforts.

 
3M and Give Kids A Smile: (From left) John Stefanick presents a check from 3M to Gene Wurth, ADA Foundation executive director, and Dr. Jeff Dalin, chairman, ADA GKAS National Advisory Committee. Mr. Stefanick, director, Industry and Professional Relations, 3M, is a member of the ADA Foundation Board of Directors and co-chair of the ADA’s GKAS National Advisory Committee. The donation will be used to support the GKAS NASCAR Oral Health Education Initiative.