Washington Oral Health Foundation (WOHF) is the charitable education foundation of the Washington State Dental Association (WSDA), and educates children, youth, and adults about oral disease, prevention, home care, tobacco and drug use.
WOHF hopes to change behaviors and decrease the incidence of dental disease through hands-on education. They educate people about oral health issues and disease prevention. They facilitate care delivery by dental personnel and work to improve access to care. The goal is to reduce the incidence of dental disease by using comprehensive oral health education, access to care and a positive dental experience to encourage preventive dental care and to help families understand and value good oral health as it relates to overall health.
Use of Best Practices
They launched an initiative with the Boys and Girls Club of America, which has 107 locations throughout Washington. The goal of the initiative is to reduce the incidence of dental disease in low-income and underserved families by empowering children to assume more personal responsibility for their oral health, helping families understand the impact dental disease has on the entire body, and teaching them how dental disease can be prevented.
WOHF serves the community at large through their Adopt a-School Initiative. Dentists provide free care for children referred by the nurse at the adopted schools. More than 300 volunteer dentists have adopted 880 schools throughout the state, providing emergency care worth thousands of dollars for students with no resources for treatment.
WOHF’s primary partner has been the Boys and Girls Club of America around comprehensive oral health education programs presented quarterly, monthly, or weekly through the Clubs’ Health and Life Skills program component. The Oral Heath Presentations are done by volunteer dentists, University of Washington School of Dentistry students, allied members of the dental team, and WOHF staff. Alongside the presentation WOHF’s participates in the Family Nights activates with the Boys and Girls clubs. The Family Nights are all about putting the mouth in the body, helping parents and their kids to understand dental disease…how it happens, its impact on the entire body, and how to prevent it from happening.
The foundation will continue to decrease expenses and fundraise. Donations dropped slightly from last year. They rely on individual donors and host two annual events.
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