"Smiles: AR, U.S."
The Arkansas Oral Health Coalition is a voluntary not-for-profit organization representing oral health interests throughout Arkansas. The Coalition provides leadership to a) formulate and promote sound oral health policy, b) increase awareness of oral health issues and c) assist in promotion of initiatives for the prevention and control of oral diseases. The Coalition has over 40 members and meets monthly except in December to coordinate and support oral health activities. Some of the projects undertaken by the coalition include Arkansas Mission of Mercy (dental health care event providing over $1,000,000 in free dental care to underserved Arkansans), Governor’s Oral Health Summit (All-day conference on dental public health issues), Chew Dip and Die night at the ball parks (children sign tobacco abstinence pledges and receive T-shirts and an official ball park give-a-way with sponsoring logos).
Arkansas Mission of Mercy
The fifth annual Arkansas Mission of Mercy (ArMOM) was held May 21 and 22 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. More than 700 volunteer dentists, dental hygienists, nurses, physicians, pharmacists and lay persons helped the 1,875 patients receive needed dental treatment. The doors opened at 6 a.m. each morning, with hundreds of patients in line, some of whom had camped out on the sidewalks overnight. By the time the doors closed at 6 p.m. Saturday, patients from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Missouri, Tennessee and Mississippi had received more than $1,000,000 in free dental care.
Governor’s Oral Health Summit
The Governor’s Oral Health Summit serves as the venue for the Annual Meeting of the Arkansas Oral Health Coalition. The all-day conference provides continuing education on dental issues of importance to everyone with an interest in optimum oral health for all Arkansans. For information on conference dates and times, please contact the Office of Oral Health, 501-661-2595
CHEW DIP DIE Night at the Ballpark
The coalition sponsors a CHEW DIP DIE night at the ballparks for both the Little Rock Travelers and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. We take anti-tobacco pledges from the children 0 – 18 years, hand out T-shirts, and put our various logos on the parks’ official give-a-way for that night.
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For more information view: Arkansas Oral Health Coalition