Feb. 7 is the national Give Kids A Smile kickoff. The ADA News welcomes digital photo submissions from GKAS program participants, including candid pictures of children, dentists and team members interacting with one another, as well as clinical photos of patients in the dental chair. Please ensure that dental team members are wearing gloves, masks, protective eyewear and gowns and include identification of those pictured and facts about the event.
Send high-resolution pictures for consideration in the ADA News and online to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible following the event.
Program coordinators can tag @GiveKidsASmile on Facebook so the photos can be shared on the GKAS Facebook page. Coordinators can also use the hashtag #GKAS. Clinical photos submitted on Facebook must show dental professionals using universal precautions, and program coordinators must have signed release forms for photos the ADA shares.
The ADA is also seeking GKAS photos for use in promotional materials. These pictures must be accompanied by a signed photo release form for each subject in the photo. Download the form and a how-to guide for taking good quality photos from the GKAS Program Planning Toolbox on ADA.org/gkas.
As of Jan. 20, 1,383 GKAS events have registered. It is estimated that more than 350,000 underserved children will receive free oral health care from about 6,500 dentists and 39,000 other dental team members and lay volunteers at GKAS programs throughout 2020.
Coordinators are encouraged to register their GKAS events if they haven't done so already, and all program coordinators are asked to report their actual program totals following their events.
The 2020 national GKAS program is supported by Henry Schein and Colgate. Visit ADA.org/gkas or email GKAS@ADA.org for more information.