July 10, 2012, Chicago, IL— Oral Health America (OHA), a national non-profit organization, received a $50,000 grant from the Annenberg Foundation to expand services in the state of California. These services will be provided through OHA's Smiles Across America® (SAA) program, which provides grant funding and technical assistance to school-based and school-linked oral health organizations nationwide.
In an effort to reduce costs, the state of California has eliminated funding for many programs, including oral health. “As the State of California continues to eliminate resources for oral health, our local community providers are being asked to do so much more with fewer resources,” said Leonard Aube, Executive Director, Annenberg Foundation. “We are thrilled that Oral Health America, through its Smiles Across America Program, will support local community programs in developing their capacity to serve more children.”
The grant will allow OHA to increase its outreach in California through the SAA Product Donation Project. OHA will also work with local community stakeholders to provide training to local community providers through the SAA Webinar series, host a Share and Learn Conference for California-based programs, and continue to support the SAA partners already located in the state.
“OHA is honored to receive this grant at the request of the Gregory Annenberg Weingarten and the Annenberg Foundation,” said Amanda Ciatti, Programs Manager, Oral Health America. “The opportunity to enhance our support of local Smiles Across America partners, and align our efforts to the current work of oral health stakeholders, will help improve the oral health of children and families in California.”
Oral Health America’s mission is to change lives by connecting communities with resources to increase access to care, education and advocacy for all Americans, especially those most vulnerable. For more information, visit www.oralhealthamerica.org.
The Annenberg Foundation is a family foundation that provides funding and support to nonprofit organizations in the United States and globally. Since 1989, it has generously funded programs in education and youth development; arts, culture and humanities; civic and community life; health and human services; and animal services and the environment. In addition, the Foundation and its Board of Directors are directly involved in the community with several projects that expand and complement its grant support to nonprofits. Among them are innovative nonprofit capacity building initiatives, learner.org,the Annenberg Space for Photography, Explore, GRoW, and the Metabolic Studio. The Annenberg Foundation exists to advance the public well-being through improved communication. As the principal means of achieving this goal, the Foundation encourages the development of more effective ways to share ideas and knowledge. For more information, visit www.annenbergfoundation.org.