Give Kids A Smile

GKAS care with ADA Foundation grant

August 15, 2018

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Dr. Alex has organized and chaired the past two Dental Clinics hosted by the Junior Service League of Americus. The JSL Dental Clinic provides free screenings to the children in grades five year old kindergarten and third grade at the local public schools, which include Sumter County Primary School, Sumter County Elementary School and Furlow Charter School. Thanks to the American Dental Association’s Give Kids A Smile Program this event is possible. Continue to read more about this program from information found on the ADA website below.

Give Kids A Smile program coordinators can apply for an ADA Foundation grant that helps provide continuity of care to underserved children after their organization’s initial GKAS event.

The ADA Foundation is accepting applications for its Give Kids A Smile Continuity of Care Grants program between Aug. 31 and Nov. 5. The grants offer financial assistance only to IRS 501(c) (3) organizations that have registered through the Foundation’s GKAS sign-up system to conduct a GKAS event in 2019.

The Foundation will award up to a total of $50,000 in GKAS Continuity of Care Grants in 2019. Each grant awarded will provide funding not to exceed $15,000. Grant funds must be used to provide oral health care to children from underserved communities who attended the grantee organization’s initial GKAS event but did not have their treatment needs completed at that time.

The Foundation defines continuity of care as the ongoing relationship between the dentist who is the primary oral care provider and the patient and his/her parents or guardians. This continuity of care approach includes comprehensive oral care, commencing before age 1, and continuing throughout the patient’s lifetime, with appropriate referral as necessary, and involving other care providers such as school nurses, pediatricians and others.

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