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A Conversation with the Chairman

What aspect of your work with the DTA Foundation do you most enjoy? Having served on the Grants Committee and the Scholarship Committee, I love seeing firsthand how lives and communities are changed through the funding we give out. Reading all of the applications helped me see all of the need out there—but also all of the good that’s being done by these impressive students and programs. I also loved notifying the scholarship winners. It’s an incredible thing to call someone and tell them they won a scholarship. That gift makes such a tremendous impact on their lives and their futures. Looking back on the past 15 years of the DTA Foundation, what legacy do you hope to continue? In my time on the board, we’ve seen fundraising grow, and thus we’ve seen our ability to give increase substantially. As we look ahead, I want us to continue our legacy of giving to organizations and people who are making a measurable change in oral health. We may not be the ones who are going to give away a million dollars to a single recipient, but we can give smaller amounts to more and more people to broaden our impact across society.

George Wolfe is president of DMG America and chair of the DTA Foundation board. With a long personal history in the oral health industry, Wolfe says, “I’m involved in many different charitable organizations, but the DTA Foundation is the one that is nearest and dearest to my heart.” How did you first get involved with the DTA Foundation? You could say that the dental industry has always been in my blood. My father was in the industry, and I grew up going to Dental Manufacturers of America (a predecessor organization of the Dental Trade Alliance) meetings as a kid. When I became president of DMG America, I joined the DTA Foundation board shortly thereafter, about seven years ago.


What’s one of your goals for the DTA Foundation in 2018? I hope to see 100% effort from all member organizations. The Dental Trade Alliance Foundation is our organization and the only one that truly represents our industry. To be able to give back to the industry and to the health of our communities is a tremendous honor, and it’s a torch I am proud to carry.

I love seeing firsthand how lives and communities are changed through the funding we give out.”

Our Core Purpose

To broaden awareness of oral health’s impact on overall health and increase access to oral health care. PAGE 3

Our Vision To be a premier foundation in oral health care uniting the dental industry to create and attract innovative solutions, leverage and expand resources to fund unique and promising initiatives that achieve measurable impact and facilitate real change. The industry will recognize the results of this important work and notice substantially improved access to oral health care for those in need.


Our Core Values

We will manage our resources to drive innovation and stimulate creative projects in a sound and fiscally responsible manner.

Enduring positive impact

We will measure the results of our projects by their long-term impact on oral health care awareness and access for those in need.

Oral health

We are focused on oral health, its connection to overall health, and expanding access to care. PAGE 4

2017 Highlights

total pledges and donations in 2017




$8,780 #GivingTuesday campaign


2017 DTA Foundation auction



distributed to our grant projects and scholarship recipients since 2002

S CH OL A RS H IP S S I NC E 2 0 1 2


Scholarships funded

$310,000 G RA N TS S INC E 2 0 0 2


Grants funded




$111,650 2017 Fund-a-Future

2017 Donors

61% of all DTA member companies donated

88% of all donations were multi-year pledges

66 individuals donated

total additional funds attracted by DTA Foundation grant recipients





Building on our past toward a bright future PAGE 6


20022017 A Timeline of Shared Success Celebrating 15 years of changing lives together

Although the Dental Trade


Alliance Foundation officially


formed in 2000, our work began in 2002, when we were first able to fund grant projects. Since then, with your generous help, we have championed oral health, stewardship and an enduring positive impact for communities across America. And our shared success is inarguable. PAGE 7

Since 2002, we have distributed a research projects and dental stude to oral health care. As we look back celebrate 15 years of changing lives 2006 The grants program, as we know it today, launches: Four projects receive a total of $81,250 in funding: American Association of Public Health Dentistry, American Dental Hygienists Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Give Kids a Smile.

2002 First projects are funded, with $78,208 provided to 10 research projects selected with guidance from the Santa Fe Group.


Six grant projects receive $131,250.


DTA Foundation was established as a 501 (c)(3).


2005 DTA Foundation received a $750,000 gift following the sale of the ADTA building at the time of the DMA and ADTA consolidation. One project designed to develop new protocols for pediatricians to perform oral care screening receives $10,000 in funding.


Six grant projects receive $130,000.



Five grant projects receive $125,000.

The Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation pledges $125,000 to launch a dental student scholarship program. Five grant projects receive $100,000.

total of $2,256,978 to innovative ents dedicated to increasing access k at our history, we are proud to s together. 2013

The Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund and Crown Seating join forces to fund two additional scholarships. Eight grant projects receive $189,500.


Four $5,000 scholarships awarded.


The Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation recommits $125,000 to the dental student scholarship program.

DTA members donate $86,500 during the Fund-a-Future paddle raiser, enabling additional scholarships to be funded. The Shils Entrepreneurial Fund and Crown Seating renew their commitment to fund two scholarships.

Nine grant projects receive $193,924.

Nine grant projects receive $215,000.

Nine $5,000 scholarships awarded.

Ten $5,000 scholarships awarded.




Two inaugural $5,000 scholarships are given to third- and fourth-year dental students with a strong commitment to community service.

Anonymous donor funds additional scholarship.

DTA members donate $111,650 during the Fund-a-Future paddle raiser, supporting scholarships. Bob Savage competes in the Ironman triathalon, raising funds to support two $5,000 scholarships.

Six grant projects receive $125,000.


Six grant projects receive $150,000.

Eight grant projects receive $195,430. Ten $5,000 scholarships awarded.

Nine grant projects receive $222,700. Twenty-seven $5,000 scholarships awarded.



2 Developing the next generation through grant funding PAGE 10


We were able to build a pipeline for minority students who, candidly, would not have had this opportunity without a grant like this one being funded by the DTA Foundation.�




From High School to an Oral Health Career A grant program that built a powerful pipeline to a fulfilling vocation


CF Charities


Goal: Create a pathway to oral health careers for underrepresented students



Locations: Philadelphia, Baltimore

THE ORAL HEALTH FIELD faces a concerning

statistic: the underrepresentation of minority dentists is large and growing. Although increasing numbers of minority students are applying to and enrolling in dental school in recent years, enrollment still falls far short of population parity. Specifically, the enrollment of African-American dental students has been declining. An organization in Pennsylvania is working to address this troubling trend. CF Charities exists to advance college and career readiness for underserved high school students in Philadelphia and Baltimore, with a particular focus on helping students find fulfilling work in health, science, technology, engineering and math. In 2010, CF Charities created Oral Health Academy in partnership with technical high schools in the two cities. Oral Health Academy, a four-chair operatory where students begin learning oral health career skills in 10th grade,






was a success in its first year at A. Philip Randolph Career Academy in Philadelphia. The program was later duplicated in two schools. After this initial success, the CF Charities team was eager to expand their efforts and see more students prepared for careers in dentistry. “We approached the DTA Foundation with the question: How do we create a viable pipeline from high school to an oral health career? What would that look like?” said John Suggs, executive director at CF Charities. “When you come up with an idea like this, foundations either say ‘Keep dreaming’ or ‘It’s crazy, but we believe in you; let’s give it a shot.’ We didn’t have a lot of support going into our first year, but the DTA Foundation folks believed in us,” John said. As a result of receiving the DTA Foundation grant, CF Charities created a program called Generation NeXT, drawing on the power of

“We didn’t have a lot of support going into our first year, but the DTA Foundation folks believed in us.” J O HN S UG G S Executive Director, CF Charities











of mentors were first-generation high school graduates



of mentors were minorities PAGE 12

mentors to encourage and empower high school students toward flourishing, achievable careers in oral health. “Generation NeXT is building the next generation of oral health professionals while they’re in high school. We were successfully able to connect students in this program with firstgeneration college students who want to be dental students and dentists in the field for summer opportunities or internships,” John said. The one-year program cycle started in September 2016, with the purpose of educating and equipping 100 upper-class high school students to pursue careers in the dental field. “For our first year, the primary objective was simple: We wanted to connect students with a mentor, increase their exposure to the field of dentistry, and inspire them to attend school regularly with the goal that they would graduate,” John said. In its first year, Generation NeXT served 103 high school students in Philadelphia and Baltimore and partnered with 41 collegelevel and professional mentors from the oral health industry. Mentors were recruited from local universities, dental schools and dental practices. At dental schools, students involved in chapters of the Student National Dental Association helped recruit fellow classmates and took ownership of the program, John said. Once a week, students would visit dental school campuses, or mentors would visit the students at their school. Generation NeXT students learned soft skills, such as how to interview and how to prepare for college, and technical skills in the field of dentistry. Careerbuilding lectures from professional speakers were paired with advanced training to prepare students for the NOCTI (National Occupational Competency Testing Institute) exam. Mentors, the majority of whom were also minorities and first-generation college

This is not just a program that was funded—this was an opportunity created. One hundred and three kids had an opportunity to envision their future that they otherwise would not have had.” J O H N S UG G S Executive Director, CF Charities

students, created a powerful bond with students in Generation NeXT. John shares a story that showcases the depth of this relationship. During the program cycle, mentors from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry came up with the idea of a “motivational mirror” for their juniors and seniors. One day, the mentors brought a mirror and dental lab coats to the high school. They asked the students to put on a white coat and stand in front of the mirror and then visualize themselves as dentists. One of the young women, a junior, stepped up to put on the coat. When she looked at her reflection, she burst into tears. The mentors were caught off-guard; they didn’t understand why she was crying. They encouraged the student to tell them what she was feeling. Through her tears, she said that she had never believed that being a dentist was a possibility for her. People in her family were telling her to just graduate high school and not expect anything more for her future. But when she put on the coat, she said she felt overwhelmed—and yet affirmed. She said it was the first time she believed she could actually pursue a career in oral health. In its first year, Generation NeXT was an incredible success, even garnering praise from the mayor of Philadelphia. Fully 100% of participating seniors graduated high school in May 2017, and 100% of participating juniors are on track to graduate in 2018. Of

100% of participating seniors graduated high school in May 2017

100% of participating juniors successfully moved on to become high school seniors and are on track to graduate in spring 2018

86% of graduating seniors enrolled in a four-year institution

14% of graduating seniors enrolled in a two-year technical program

the seniors who graduated, 86% are enrolled in four-year institutions, and 14% are in two-year technical programs. The power and great promise of this program is not lost on John. “We were able to build a pipeline for minority students who, candidly, would not have had this opportunity without a grant like this one being funded by the DTA Foundation,” John said. “Our hope is to continue in this vein of exposure, to continue creating lifechanging experiences in the field of dentistry. “This is not just a program that was funded— this was an opportunity created. One hundred and three kids had an opportunity to envision their future that they otherwise would not have had.”


2017 Grant Recipients Since the inception of the grant program in 2002, the DTA Foundation has awarded more than $1.9 million in grant funding to 92 projects designed to increase access to oral health care. Past recipients have used DTA Foundation seed money for innovative programs designed to improve the access to and productivity of the oral health care system, leveraging in excess of $10.6 million in additional funding for these promising projects. $25,000




Oral Health America

The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston

Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center Inc.

University of Washington School of Dentistry

Improving Oral Health and Reducing Pain Due to Mucositis in Compromised Dental Patients

Oral Health Education and Peer Ambassador Program for LowIncome Seniors

Digital Dentistry for Oral Rehabilitation of Patients with Special Needs / A DTA Foundation/Dental Lifeline Network funded grant



Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation and Health Center

Children’s Dental Services

Older Americans Health Screening Project


Center for Disability Services, Inc. Oral Hygiene Apparatus for Individuals with Disabilities

Virginia Garcia Virtual Dental Home


Children’s Dental Health Project Messaging for Oral Health Coverage



The Viscardi Center, Inc. Project Accessible Oral Health

Teledentistry and Portable Dental Care Improving Access in Rural Minnesota

Past Programs The process In order to apply for seed funding, programs must show they can:


create innovative solutions in oral health care

2008 Apple Tree Dental “Support from the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation has been leveraged to help Apple Tree serve our patients—from young children, so their oral health can last a lifetime, to older adults for whom a healthy mouth is vital to their overall health and dignity.” ―DR. MICHAEL J. HELGESON, CEO, Apple Tree Dental, Minnesota

2011 University of Maryland “The financial support provided by the DTA Foundation made it possible for us to create science-based, culturally appropriate health literacy materials for low-income pregnant women to use for their own health and that of their children.” ―DR. ALICE M. HOROWITZ, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland


Children’s Dental Health 2017 Project

leverage and expand resources to fund unique and promising initiatives


achieve measurable impact and facilitate real change in oral health care awareness and access

2016 SmileConnect “SmileConnect is a social network that helps connect educators and organizations with the oral health resources students need. With the DTA Foundation’s support, it is now active in 30 states and has impacted more than 34,000 children. We can’t thank the DTA Foundation enough for helping us connect children with the oral health services, education and resources they need for a healthy smile.” —H ALEY MCDERMOTT, Analyst in Health Innovations,

Altarum, Ann Arbor, Michigan

“With this generous support from the DTA Foundation, Children’s Dental Health Project is working with states to gain insights about what policymakers and their influencers know about oral health. Understanding where knowledge gaps exist is crucial. Our findings can inform strategies to raise the visibility of oral health and demonstrate why dental coverage and early prevention deserve to be a priority.” — M EG BOOTH, Executive

Director, Children’s Dental Health Project, Washington, DC



Empowering tomorrow’s leaders in oral health PAGE 16


I often refer to the underserved as the forgotten, because although oral health professionals know they exist, they are often overlooked and misunderstood.”





When Passion and Generosity Meet Scholarship recipient Keyachtta Hawkins realizes a lifelong dream

WHEN SHE WAS still a young girl, Keyachtta

Hawkins decided she was going to be a dentist one day. Keyachtta was born in the rural, northernmost reaches of North Carolina to a determined single mother, who gave birth to her when she was only 15 years old. Keyachtta was brought up by her mother in Henderson, situated in the third poorest county in the state, with help from her grandmother and aunts. She spent the first part of her young life growing up in her grandmother’s severely overcrowded home. “Dental care was not a necessity in my household, and this is what sparked my interest in dentistry at the young age of 9 years old,” Keyachtta said. “I’ve always been a person who embraces challenges, willing to learn all that I can. I made it my job to maintain my own oral health to the best of my ability, although others around me were disinterested. I became fascinated with managing oral hygiene and decided that dentistry was the career for me.” Raised by her mother to have a strong work




Keyachtta planned UNC School of Dentistry’s first public Black History Month event.

ethic and orientation toward community service, Keyachtta began giving back at a young age. By the time she was 14, she was already volunteering at community centers for low-income residents. Brought up with a focus on personal responsibility, Keyachtta financed her college education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by herself, working part-time jobs while maintaining good grades. And in 2014, she took a big step toward achieving her childhood dream by enrolling at the UNC School of Dentistry. A mere glance at a list of Keyachtta’s accomplishments gives you an immediate sense of her inexhaustible energy, passion and generous spirit. While at the UNC School of Dentistry, she championed numerous community service projects, including volunteering at the CAARE Clinic, a free, student-run dental clinic in Durham, North Carolina, for uninsured adults. She began volunteering as a coordinator in 2014 and has since served as the head coordinator of the clinic, managing and providing dental treatment to patients in need.



Keyachtta helped raise $15,000 in eight months to support a Malawi dental clinic, where she and her fellow students provided free dental care to more than 400 patients.

Receiving the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship in 2017, along with a fellow dental student, allowed her to give even more back to the CAARE Clinic. The fellowship equipped her to create a program called SMILE TIME (Treatment through Interdisciplinary Methods and Enrichment). SMILE TIME gave 12 clinic patients free, comprehensive dental care and provided educational seminars in nutrition and oral health, with the goal of helping patients change their lifestyles and enjoy healthier lives overall. While in school, Keyachtta also volunteered at Give Kids a Smile, a national program that gives underserved children free dental care

I have never received anything of this magnitude and have always had to work and crunch numbers to fund things in my life. Being awarded this scholarship during my fourth and most important year in dental school was a contributing factor in making my dream come true. Thank you so much!” PAGE 18


“In dental school, my professors often told us to treat our patients as if they are our very own family members. This resonates with me, because the majority of my family is in need of dental care and uneducated about their oral health.”



and oral health education, and traveled to Malawi with three (UNC) School of Dentistry classmates. As the fundraising chair for the dental relief trip, she helped raise $15,000 in eight months to support the Malawi dental clinic, where the students provided free dental care to more than 400 patients. Her personal history motivates her to serve others with such compassion and stamina. “I am the product of my environment, and I want to help serve those just like me,” Keyachtta said. “Growing up with Medicaid and living in poor, rural areas, I understand what it feels like to truly be in need and lack access to care. I know how it feels to travel to several dentists after being turned away because they refuse to treat Medicaid patients.” It’s evident from her resume that Keyachtta is a natural leader. She served as president of the UNC Student National Dental Association, which increased its membership by 22 during her tenure, thus attaining large national chapter status for the first time. Also under her leadership, the organization received two national awards: the American Dental Association’s E. “Bud” Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award and the SNDA Chapter of the Year. She also planned the school’s first public Black History Month event, titled “Hidden Figures: AfricanAmericans in Dentistry.” The exhibit honored more than 40 African-American dentists and their accomplishments throughout history. Learning from her patients and hearing their stories has always informed the way Keyachtta thinks about her vocation. “It is important to get to know patients and understand their actions,” she said. “For example, they may not be able to afford a toothbrush, which is why they are not brushing their teeth, which leads to poor oral hygiene. However, if we do not get to know and understand our patients, we will not be able to effectively intervene and help them. I often refer to the underserved as the forgotten, because although oral health professionals know they exist, they are often overlooked and misunderstood.” Throughout college and dental school, Keyachtta has been supporting herself as she accomplishes her dreams. The scholarship from the DTA Foundation and Crown Seating helped Keyachtta in her final year at the School of Dentistry. “With this scholarship, my financial stress


Keyachtta served as president of the UNC Student National Dental Association, which increased its membership by 22 during her tenure, thus attaining large national chapter status for the first time.

has been alleviated, because I now have the money to pay for all my exams and residency applications. This gives me a greater focus with fewer distractions,” she said. With residency plans in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at Grady Health System in Atlanta, Keyachtta plans on serving a broad range of patients. “I like doing a little bit of everything,” she said. When she considers her scholarship from the DTA Foundation, Keyachtta says she feels like it changed her life. “I have never received anything of this magnitude and have always had to work and crunch numbers to fund things in my life,” she said. “Being awarded this scholarship during my fourth and most important year in dental school was a contributing factor in making my dream come true. Thank you so much!”


2017 Scholarship Recipients In 2010, the Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation established the DTA Foundation scholarship fund as a way to honor their father and give back to an industry that he cared for deeply. Since then, the scholarship program has awarded $310,000 in scholarships to 62 dental students. DTA Foundation

Mannhu Iglesias

Toni Jilka

Ronnie Marquez

Natalie Okuhara

Seon Gyeong (Lisa) Park

Leslie Pence

Bailey Proft

Cayla Ray

West Virginia University

University of Nevada School of Dental Medicine

University of MissouriKansas City School of Dentistry

University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry

East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine

University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine

A.T. Still University: Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health

DTA Foundation/Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation

Kathleen Aguilar

Stephanie Brown

Nathan Gray

Amir Karimi

Amanda Settle

Virginia Velez

Taylor Vracar

Loma Linda University School of Dentistry

Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry

University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine

University of Maryland School of Dentistry

UTHealth School of Dentistry

University of Florida College of Dentistry


2017 Scholarship Donors Arley Medrano

Chelsey Allen

Darron Miya

DTA Foundation/ Aseptico, Inc. University of Washington School of Dentistry

DTA Foundation/ Blasdell Family Midwestern University

DTA Foundation/ Bruns & Associates UCLA School of Dentistry

Peter Mortenson DTA Foundation/ PDT, Inc. University of Utah School of Dentistry

Kelsie Pittel

Ivy Vuong

Stuart Tucker

Sarah Specht

DTA Foundation/ Midmark Corporation University of Michigan School of Dentistry

DTA Foundation/ Parrish Family University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry

DTA Foundation/ Patterson Dental Supply Creighton University School of Dentistry

DTA Foundation/ Procter & Gamble University of Kentucky College of Dentistry

Thanks to the generosity of our DTA members, the 2017 Fund-A-Future paddleraiser will result in funding for 34 $5,000 dental student scholarships in 2018. Full scholarships funded Robert J. Sullivan Family Foundation (7) Benco Dental Company (3) PDT, Inc. (Paradise Dental Technologies) (2) Savage, Bob & Abby (2) AEGIS Communications Aseptico, Inc. Cohen Amsterdam Educational Foundation Crown Seating Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund Midmark Corporation Midway Dental Supply Parrish, Scott & Loni Patterson Dental Supply Procter & Gamble PSA, Inc. Septodont, Inc. Young Innovations

Partial scholarships funded $2,500

Crosstex International, Inc. DentalEZ Integrated Solutions Hu-Friedy Manufacturing Company, Inc. NSK Dental America W&H North America, Inc. $1,250

Aileen Almonte

Keyachtta Hawkins

Elizabeth Betances

Sara Mogenson

DTA Foundation/ Cohen Amsterdam Educational Foundation Rutgers School of Dental Medicine

DTA Foundation/ Crown Seating UNC School of Dentistry

DTA Foundation/ Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

DTA Foundation/ Young Innovations Marquette University School of Dentistry

Bien Air USA, Inc. DMG America LLC Parkway Dental Services, Inc. Spear Education Sullivan, Tim Zirc Company $1,000

Bunek, Sabiha Dental City Elevate Oral Care Hinsch, Paul & Krista Horton, John Kent, Lorene Kess, Steve


Darby Dental Supply LLC Endoco/Ultimate Dental Hines, Brett & Laurie King, Al Meisinger USA Reece, Jeff Solmetex $250 or Less

Brandsen, Dave Ingram, Matt Lazarus, Robert McCarthy, Brian Suh, Julie Truett, Beth Woeste, Stephanie


The Dental Trade Alliance Foundation educates, creates, innovates and provides access, which I think is one of the most important things in oral health care, to bring care to less privileged segments of our population.� ROB CH E RK A S CEO and President, Parkway Dental Services

CORPORATE DONORS Platnium Donors $25,000-$49,000

Gold Donors $10,000-$24,999

Silver Donors $5,000-$9,999

Bronze Donors $2,500-$4,999

Patron Donors $1,000-$2,499

Friends < $1,000 G&H Orthodontics Hager Worldwide Handler Red Wing International Inc. ITC Dental Fitzpatrick Management Resources



2016 Grant Recipients

PDS Serve Foundation / Special Needs

Virginia Dental Association

American Medical Directors

Patient Training for Dental Professionals,

Foundation / Give Seniors a Smile:

Association / Oral Health for Long-Term

Altarum - /

Staff, and Caregivers

Preventive Dental Care in Long-Term Care

Care Residents Toolkit

Improving Children’s Oral Health Through Social Networking

Facilities Pilot (a DTA Foundation/Dental MORE HEALTH, Inc. / Super Smiles,

Lifeline Network funded grant)

Super Bodies Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry / Collaboration Across Borders:

Kids Smiles / Electronic Oral Health

Increasing Access to Health Caring for

Screening System (EOHSS)

Underserved Individuals New Jersey Department of Health / University of Washington Office of

Hybrid Geriatric Dentistry Program

2013 Grant Recipients American Association of Public University of Nevada, Las Vegas School

Health Dentistry / Public Health

of Dental Medicine / Improved Access to

Dentistry: Educating the Next Generation

Oral Care through Increased Oral Health Literacy

2011 Grant Recipients

Bedtime Bytes

Sponsored Programs / Utility of Optical

Case Western Reserve University /

Pennsylvania Head Start Association

Coherence Tomography as Alternative to

Georgia Regents University,

/ The Pennsylvania Age One “Connect the

Dental X-ray

College of Dental Medicine / C.O.P.E.

Dots” Pilot Project

(Comprehensive Oral health Promotion &

Oral Health America / Wisdom Tooth Project American Academy of Pediatrics /

Public Citizens for Children and

Education) with Cancer (a DTA Foundation/

Southwest Health and Human

Provide training grants and oral health kits

Youth / Expanding Access for Kids by

Dental Lifeline Network funded grant)

Services: 4-H / An Important Stakeholder

for AAP Chapter Oral Health Advocates.

Leveraging Public Benefits Enrollment System Apple Tree Dental / Piloting the Use of Silver Diamine Fluoride in Long-Term Care

Group in a Community Project

2014 Grant Recipients Virginia Oral Health Coalition /

Metropolitan State University / Trustees of the University of

Advanced Dental Therapists provide

Pennsylvania / Books, Brushing, and Bedtime

community-based care for underserved

Pediatric Oral Health Advocate Program CF Charities, Inc. / The Oral Health Career Mentoring Initiative McMillen Health / Improving the Oral

Children’s Dental Health Project /

Oral Health Patient Navigation for

Children’s Dental Health Project /

Oral Health Preventive Services by Non-

Underserved Populations

Affordable Care Act Implementation Project

Care Free Medical, Inc. / Pay It Forward

University of Maryland, College Park /

Dental Access Initiative

Oral Health Education for Pregnant Teens

Dental Providers

Health of Native American Children through Mobile Health

populations. Case Western Reserve University /

Bassett Healthcare Network SchoolBased Health Program / Integration

A.T. Still University of Health

of Oral Health into a School-Based Health

The Children’s Oral Health Institute /

University of Pittsburgh, Division

Sciences / Medically Complex Patient

(SBH) Program

Lessons In A Lunch Box Road Map: Guidelines

of General Academic Pediatrics /

to Introduce the Program in Public Schools

Caries-risk factor assessment and counseling

Training for Dental Professionals and Staff Oral Health America / Tooth Wisdom

by pediatricians.

Pennsylvania Head Start Association

for Pharmacists: Helping Older Adults with

Howard University / An Innovative

/ Caring for the Oral Health of the Person

Oral Health

Approach to Interprofessional Oral Care

with Special Needs Pilot Project

for the Elderly (a DTA Foundation/Dental University of Maryland / Passport to a

2015 Grant Recipients

Healthy Mouth for Me and My Baby

Butler University / Effects of Video

Indiana University School of

Modeling to Improve Oral Health of Those with I/DD Foundation for Quality Care, Inc. /

The University of New Haven / Your

Mouth Care Without A Battle: Improving

Mouth is the Gateway to Good Health

Lifeline Network funded grant)

2010 Grant Recipients California Dental Association Foundation / Virtual Dental Home

2012 Grant Recipients

through Teledentistry

Dentistry / Veterans’ Employability: the

Senior Mobile Dental / Establishing

Kids Smiles / Wider Smiles

Dental Connection

the Effectiveness of Teledentistry and Collaborative Care

The Forsyth Institute / ForsythKids

Kids Smiles, Inc. / Oral Health Education

The Commonwealth Medical

for Underserved Children Using an Integrated

College / Incorporate oral health into the

Oral and Medical Care Model

medical school curriculum.

School of Dentistry / Interprofessional

Southern Jersey Family Medical

University of Kentucky College

Geriatric Oral Health Training for Medical

Centers, Inc. / Projects PEDs (Pediatricians

of Dentistry / Train Certified Nursing

Residents and Interns

Preventing Early Dental Diseases)

Assistants to provide daily oral hygiene for

Oral Health Care for Older Adults in NYS Dr. Angie’s Dental Health Exchange / University of Alabama Birmingham

Phase II Piloting the Program

nursing home residents.


2009 Grant Recipients

Maryland Children’s Oral Health

Children’s Dental Health Project /

Teeth Essentials & Facts About Snacks

Institute / Lessons in a Lunch Box: Healthy

Policy assistance to federal and state governments and child advocates to

University of Colorado Denver,

implement dental provisions in the federal

School of Dental Medicine / Public

Child Health Insurance Program.

service advertising campaign to promote oral health care literacy and outreach to Hispanic

Smiles for Success / Free dental services

communities in the greater Denver area.

for women in welfare-to-work programs. Piedmont Virginia Dental Health Foundation / Increase access to oral health care for needy adults through dental student programs.

2002 - 2006 Grant Recipients Call, R. and Karshmer, B. / Examination of alternative forms of dental insurance on

TeamSmile Dental Outreach / Free

Individual Donors Diamond: $10,000+

Bronze: $500 - $1,249

Bergman, Stanley Savage, Bob & Abby

Garrick, Dan Dixon, Dan & Laurie Doyle, Laura & Ken Miller, Alex Parker, Andrew Persichetti, Joe Price, Gary & Lois Steck, Dave Waitsman, Vickie Wolfe, George

Platinum: $5,000 - $9,999 Breslawski, Jim Hinsch, Paul & Krista

Silver: $1,250 - $2,499 Clark, Chris & Emily Misiak, Dave Steinberg, Gary Thomas, Kevin

Bucher, Jeff Powers, John Scott, John Thomas, Dan Winters, Bill

inhibiting access to care.

dental services for underserved children in the community by teaming up with dental and

Deinard, A. / Survey of primary medical

sports professionals.

care providers to ascertain interest in providing basic preventative dental services and of school

2008 Grant Recipients

children’s parents to ascertain knowledge of oral health and prevention.

Apple Tree Dental / Provide dental services to seniors and frail elders living in

Domer, L. and Call, R. / Pilot study to

long-term care settings.

determine barriers to implementing productivity enhancement strategies in dental practices.

University of Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine / Provide social work services to

Duffin, S. / An examination of current and

patients in the pediatric dental clinic and their

potential roles for expanded, hybrid, and mid-

families to remove barriers to dental care and

level, paraprofessional practitioners.

increase patient access and retention. Henshaw, M. / Improve oral health literacy University of California, School of

in Somali communities by designing culturally

Dentistry / Oral health promotion during

relevant consumer aids.

pregnancy in a group prenatal care model. McClain, Mildred / Comparative University of Washington School of

outcomes assessment of curricula to develop

Dentistry / Provide an update on the status

improved instructional materials for dental

of the oral health in America and changes

students and practitioners.

that took place as a result of the 2000 Surgeon General’s report on oral health.

Miranda, S. / Rollout of a bi-national model for the role of “Promotores” in accessing

2007 Grant Recipients

existing oral health services.

University of New York at Buffalo /

Niederman, R. / Planning for

Study patients with diabetes mellitus to predict

implementation of a primary prevention

periodontal disease within this population and

elementary school program.

improve their access to oral health care. Rossomonda, E. / Feasibility study of new Mississippi Chapter of the American

technology on dental office productivity and access.

Academy of Pediatrics / Provide tools to doctors to promote children’s oral health care

Oong, E. / Cultural materials for a media campaign

from prenatal stages to preschool and beyond.

focused on oral cancer and minority populations.

Patron: $250 - $499

Auction Donors The DTA Foundation Auction was generously sponsored by: A-dec AEGIS Communications American Dental Association Anterior Quest Bank of America Bausch Articulating Papers Belmont Publications Benco Bien Air California Dental Association Chicago Dental Society Coltene Crosstex Crown Seating DC Dental Dental City Dental Tribune America DentalMarketIQ Drake Dental Laboratory Elevate Oral Care Gary Price Henry Schein Dental Hinman Dental Society Hyatt Isolite Systems J. Morita Kettenbach LP Kulzer NDC Oral Health America

Palmero Health Care Patterson Dental Supply PennWell Corporation SciCan Share Moving Media Silverado Resort & Spa Solmetex Sunstar Americas, Inc. The Dental Advisor Vennli W&H North America Zirc

Giving Tuesday Donors Matching funds were generously provided by: DMG America Eskew, Fran Garrick, Dan Hescock, Amanda Knight, Steve Landers, Jon Leviton, Fred Moorman, Amy Paulson, Lori Whitehead, Andy



<1% 3%


2017 Revenue*


$916,394 56%



Pledge Receipts & Donations


Investment Income


Auction Proceeds




Other Income





2017 Expenses* 35%


$736,841 19%








General & Administration




Community Relations


* Cash basis


DTA Foundation 2017 Annual Report  
DTA Foundation 2017 Annual Report