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SAVE THE DATE: February 8, 2011

SAVE THE DATE: February 8, 2011

January 27, 2011

The 6th Annual Oral Health Heroes Event is undergoing a transformation!

As you know, oral health and school success are inextricably linked. Nationally, children miss more than 51 million school hours each year due to dental disease. Dental decay can hinder kids’ ability to learn and advance in school by affecting attendance and concentration. Dental disease also affects some of the most basic activities in life, such as speaking and eating.

That’s why this year, Health Care For All and the Massachusetts Association for School-Based Health Care are teaming up to honor legislators, community leaders and organizations that have improved the state of oral health in Massachusetts at the 6th Annual Oral Health Heroes event. This year’s Oral Health Heroes Event will take place at Marshall Middle School in Lynn on Tuesday, February 8 at 9:00AM.

School-Based Health Centers (SBHC) are an integral part of the health care safety net for children in Massachusetts. With parental consent, School-Based Health Center clinicians provide developmentally and culturally appropriate health care services such as annual check-ups, immunizations, sports physicals, nutrition education, oral health services, and mental health services including screening and treatment for depression and suicide prevention. By ensuring access to and the provision of comprehensive, high-quality, preventive health care in the school setting, school-based health center clinicians recognize that meeting the physical, mental, and oral health care needs of children increases students' opportunity for learning and academic success.

You can get involved by nominating a community hero(es) (individuals, organizations, or groups in Massachusetts) that have demonstrated:

Outstanding leadership in oral health advocacy and/or organizing;
Strong commitment to improving the state of oral health in Massachusetts

Please contact Christine Keeves at ckeeves@hcfama.org or 617-275-2919, or visit www.hcfama.org/oralhealth for more information.

-- Christine Keeves