America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF) will combine several existing programs and launch the Oral Health Education Program in June 2017. Combining its #MySmileMatters Youth Movement, Students United with America’s ToothFairy and the Esther Wilkins Education Program, NCOHF will create an umbrella effort, the Oral Health Education Program (OHEP), geared toward helping individuals and organizations working to increase oral health literacy, and in some cases, access to care in communities.
Included within OHEP are resources for those wanting to conduct projects related to children’s oral health and wellness, as well as grants and scholarships. Scholarships will specifically be aimed at helping high school students, as well as those already enrolled in dental hygiene and/or dental assisting post-secondary programs and/or those who have started or enrolled in dental school.
To register to receive more information on OHEP as it becomes available, register here. You will receive our Prevention & Education E-newsletter which will help you access available resources and learn about new and future opportunities, such as grants and scholarships, as they become available.
Available Resources & Programs
- Oral Health Education Program Project Guide Book
- Printed/Downloadable Educational Materials
- Resource Toolkits – coming soon!
- ToothFairy 101 Community Education Kit
- Kids Club
- Oral Health Zones/Initiatives
- Smile Drive
- Scout Patch Program
Oral Health Education Program Project Guide Book
NCOHF has combined all of its student/youth programs under the Oral Health Education Program (OHEP). If you are seeking guidance on ways to increase oral heath literacy in your community, the Oral Health Education Program Project Guide Book is for you. The book is built upon the public health model with the understanding people are influenced by systems and supports around them when it comes to healthy decisions and choices. The projects are based on three categories:
- Changing Beliefs
- Changing Behaviors
- Changing the Environment
The projects range from simple to more complex, but are no- to low-cost and often build upon each other.