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The Alliance of the American Dental Association is coordinating a nation-wide community service project in conjunction with the ADA Convention in New Orleans, October 31 and November 1, 2013.

Head-to-Toe (H2T), a project that has toured the states since 2011 is making a stop in New Orleans – and the group needs your help. Through generous giving of the dental community, the Alliance hopes to assemble at least 3,000 kits containing a hat, a pair of socks, a tooth brush, toothpaste and personal care items or small toy. The oral health kits will benefit New Orleans through New Orleans METRO; an agency that provides essential services for abused women and children.  

Alliance members from across the country are participating throughout 2013 by collecting and packaging items at home and sending them to the AADA Central Office. They invite everyone interested in sharing oral health care with New Orleans to participate – you do not have to be an Alliance member. Donated items or assembled kits can be shipped to the Alliance Central Office any time between now and September 15, 2013.  

Alliance of the American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 730
Chicago, IL  60611

The Alliance is also collecting items on October 31 and November 1 at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Bring your oral health items, hats and socks to the H2T collection center and help them let New Orleans know  that “you care about them from Head-to-Toe”. 

For more information on how you can help us give back please contact Project Coordinators Carol Reitz or Johanna Manasse at (610) 775.4585, or (708) 224.7199, AADA Director, Trish Rubik-Rothstein is also available to answer any questions at (312) 440.2865,  

Here in Washington, the Alliance recently announced big changes for the state association. From the July issue of the WSDA News, Alliance member Mary Ellen Psaltis writes:

We are truly excited to announce changes to the Alliance of the Washington State Dental Association. We want to encourage all of you to participate in our programs and to continue to pay dues as they will help support our state dental community.

The mission of the Alliance of the Washington State Dental Association is as follows:

The Alliance of the WSDA is a volunteer organization that supports its members and values its partnership with the WSDA in advancing the oral health of the public.

As an organization, the Alliance has re-evaluated and revised its programs to meet the needs of our state and communities. We have chosen to end our affiliation with the national Alliance, however, we encourage members to belong to the national organization on their own. The AWSDA will now use the majority of its dues to benefit the state of Washington.

As we begin the reorganization process, our goals for 2013-2014 include:

• Statewide, we have created two new funds designated to offer grants for toothbrushes and to support local community dental programs. Each fund will have $5,500 available for grant applications. 

• Nationally, we will donate $1,500 to the Head-to-Toe Project in New Orleans at the ADA Convention. The AADA will be packing kits filled with hats, socks and dental supplies that will be donated to New Orleans METRO, an agency serving abused women and children in New Orleans. This is a successful project that began at the Las Vegas ADA Convention and will continue at future ADA Conventions. You can participate by donating supplies or funds in New Orleans, or to AWSDA and we will pass them along.

• The AWSDA will continue to prepare dental bags for Dental Action Day in January. WSDA members to legislators and staff distribute the bags as they visit to discuss dental issues.

• The AWSDA will continue to donate to WOHF and DentPAC.

As we start our new grant programs, we would like to encourage participation from everyone in the state. If you are looking to donate toothbrushes to a local organization near you, please apply for up to 500 toothbrushes by sending your name, organization or group to be served, and how many brushes requested to Susan Minahan at An application will be sent to you after receipt of request.

If you are looking for financial support for your dental education or dental well being project, please send your name, organization, scope of the project, who will be served. Grants from $500-$1,000 will be awarded. Send your request to Susan Minahan at An application will be sent to you after receipt of request."

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