Workshop: School-Based Oral Health: When the Grant Runs Out…We Don’t!

We hope you will join us for our presentation, “School-Based Oral Health: When the Grant Runs Out….We Don’t!” an insider’s look at what works in school-based oral health programs. Oral Health America (OHA) is uniquely qualified to lead this discussion as our organization connects communities with resources to improve access to oral health care for more than 440,000 children in 43 states and one US territory. OHA helps build capacity of existing programs and helps communities develop new school-based/school-linked preventive oral health services through its Smiles Across America® (SAA) program. Now celebrating its 10th year, SAA partners include Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/CSEK), Children’s Dental Services in Minnesota and the Center for Oral Health at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Dental Medicine.


During our presentation our panelists will specifically address overcoming program barriers, building collaborative partnerships, and creating sustainable school-based oral health program models.

Krista Postai, President, CHC/CSEK serves the poorest, least healthy region in Kansas. They have had to overcome barriers from both within as well as from external stakeholders. Still, they have been able to create win/win/win situations for more than 35,000 children and their families each year. They have some tried and true training tips and their new “School Nurse Guide” that they intend to share.

Sarah Wovcha, Executive Director, Children’s Dental Services in Minnesota, through mastery of well designed, collaborative partnerships, has been able to successfully expand statewide school-based services across a large tract of wilderness in each of the state’s geographic and cultural regions.

And Dr. Conrado Bárzaga, Executive Director, Center for Oral Health at Western University of Health Science’s College of Dental Medicine, through its grant from Dentaquest, has developed an exemplary school-based program method and business model to sustain school-based oral health clinics.

Session: C3
Date: Monday, June 30, 2014
Time: 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm
Place: The Westin, 1900 5th Ave, Seattle WA 98101



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