Hosting a Give Kids a Smile event may seem daunting at first. But with careful planning, creativity and support from the MDA, your event can become a special day that your staff looks forward to each year. The following resources offer helpful hints and practical solutions:
Under the guidance of dental offices across the state, the MDA has created a valuable
Participation Kit that will walk you through the planning process and supply you with many helpful documents, including “consent to treatment” forms in multiple languages. Please read the entire Kit carefully before starting your planning process.
Your dental colleagues are happy to talk with you about planning for Give Kids a Smile. To connect with a veteran Give Kids a Smile volunteer, please call the MDA at 612-767-8400 or send a note to email@example.com. We will have a volunteer contact you to discuss what approaches work best for many of the logistics that go along with hosting an event.
A feature story in Northwest Dentistry gives specific examples of how participants have customized events to meet the needs of their communities and clinics. Their approaches demonstrate that creativity is the key to making this an event to smile about - for your young patients and their families, and for you and your staff. Read the article by clicking here: Home Is Where the Smart Is: Customizing Give Kids a Smile
The MDA publishes a Give Kids a Smile newsletter that relates practical information about this program to all dentists in the state. Articles include: tips for seeking free supplies, answers to legal questions regarding volunteer dentistry, ideas for planning your event, information about sponsors, and more. Click on the following PDF link to view the newsletter:
The Minnesota Dental Association is pleased to partner with "Smiles Change Lives," a national nonprofit organization that provides access to orthodontic treatment for children whose families cannot afford the full cost of braces.
Providers who treat children during “Give Kids a Smile" are asked to watch for children who could benefit from the “Smiles Change Lives” program. Specifically, please watch for patients who fit the following requirements:
* 10-18 years old
* Have good oral hygiene
* Are not already wearing braces
* Have a household taxable income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.
* Other important details available at smileschangelives.org
Providers are encouraged to consider become a child's referring dentist and work in coordination with one of the more than 75 orthodontists in Minnesota who volunteer for the "Smiles Change Lives" program.
Dental professionals may wish to track volunteer service hours, which may now be applied as elective CE credits toward the new Minnesota Board of Dentistry CE/Professional Development requirements. To help them document their participation in GKAS, the MDA has provided this simple Volunteer Certificate.