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Problem Statement: The U.S. Surgeon General identified Early Childhood Caries (EEC) as the most common chronic childhood disease. EEC, caused by bacteria transfer, is a highly infectious disease. About 80% of dental disease, including ECC, is concentrated in 20-25% of children, primarily those from low-income and /or minority populations. Surprisingly, EEC it is five times more prevalent than asthma.
Goal of the Program: Improve the oral health of low-income children by providing preventative dental treatment to uninsured and under-insured children in Sonoma County, 0-18 years of age. Also, to provide access to dental insurance and dental homes through referrals and case management.
- Provide preventive dental exams and sealants to underserved children 0-18 years of age
- Help children in urgent need of dental treatment access emergency services
- Assist parents in getting dental insurance and finding a dental home for their children
- In 2016, ten clinic sites provided dental disease preventative services and in some cases restorative and emergency treatment for 442 low income children ages 0-18.
- Over $200,000 in dental services provided free of charge
- More than 180 sealants placed
- Cory Spencercspencer@capsonoma.org707-544-6911 ext. 1083
History of Give Kids A Smile! Day in Sonoma County
Since 2005, GKASD, a program of Community Action Partnership, has been serving the dental needs of the underserved children of Sonoma County. In the past ten years, GKASD has provided dental services to over 5,000 children who would not have otherwise had access to care.
2016 marked the 12th year of GKASD in Sonoma County! Ten different clinics and private dental offices participated in the event. During the two-day event, 442 children received exams, cleanings, and fluoride treatments. Last year, our chairperson was selected to visit ADA headquarters in Chicago, IL as part of a national Give Kids A Smile Advisory Board to work on implementing improvements and changes to the national GKAS program and in helping improve the branding and marketing of GKAS on a national level.
Additionally, we received a “Gold Resolution” from the Department of Public Health with the County of Sonoma in recognition of the positive impact of our work in the community. The Resolution was presented to Stacey Stirling, Operations Manager of the St. Joseph’s Dental Clinic, who has been working with the GKAS since its inception in Sonoma County. Present were many prominent members of the dental community such as, State Assemblyman Jim Wood, the President of the Redwood Empire Dental Society, members of the board of Community Action Partnership, and a member of the board of Supervisors.
Now, as we celebrate our 13th Anniversary of GKAS! Day in Sonoma County, we hope to continue to partner with more dental professionals and supporters to help children achieve optimal dental health.
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Day 2 in the books. THANK YOU #capdentalsquad for making #gkas2016 a HUGE success! Today was SRJC, Fountaingrove Dentistry, Kenji Reyda, and Sonoma Pediatric Dentistry. Couldn't have done as good as we did without @kkane78 @mayragudino2 @joel_sandoval20 @becs_marie And a big thank you to @monicasluna for delivering the food to SR. Thank you #taquerialafiesta for the burritos. Great 2 days and great event! Looking forward to getting all the numbers back from the event especially @sahouriapediatricdentistry who did a BUNCH of treatment on Friday. #boyziimen #thankyou #cap #dentalsquad #wedobigthangs #givekidsasmile #givekidsasmile2016
Day one of #gkas2016 is in the books! Our very own @kkane78 was a local celebrity at all of the sites yesterday as she "spread her wings and flew away" as the tooth fairy. Even found a girl getting an extraction and gave her a dollar lol. Great event at St. Josephs Dental recognizing Stacey Stirling for her great work. Thank you to @mayragudino2 @becs_marie @joel_sandoval20 @mary_watts88 for all the help! One more day to go. Leggo! #gkas #dentalsquad #themredshirtstho #yesIhitemwiththethrowbackTROOP #troop #spreadmywings #cap #givekidsasmile #givekidsasmile2016
Great #gkasambassador conference. Great ideas exchanged and exciting changes in store for GKAS. The CHI is a great city and the trip was great. From the suite upgrade to the unexpected fireworks show, riverwalk, MJ statue, even the ridiculously cartoonishly long security line at the airport, lovely trip. All good things come to an end tho. #backonthegrind #gkas #rkelly #happypeople #chicago #ada