ASAE is proud to recognize the following 2017 Power of A Silver Award winners for their efforts to promote and advance public health and well-being.
ADA Foundation – Give Kids A Smile®
Give Kids A Smile began 15 years ago as a one-day grassroots children’s oral health access to care event in St. Louis, Missouri. Volunteers set up 15 patient chairs to provide free oral care to nearly 400 underserved children. Over the years, the program has grown into the largest children’s oral health charitable program in the U.S. It has reached more than 5.5 million underserved children since the first event as a result of the work of more than 500,000 volunteers at thousands of sites.
Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity – Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program
In order to help aging Holocaust Survivors live their lives with dignity, health, and happiness, the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity leveraged its network of dental professionals to provide much-needed dental care for Holocaust Survivors. The AO-HSC Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program is restoring smiles to a very deserving population, and restoring a smile does more than improve a man or woman’s appearance. It increases his or her self-esteem, improves his/her ability to speak clearly, ensures he/she can eat food safely and easily, and so much more.
The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania – Healthy Me PA
HAP and its member hospitals were closely monitoring the progression of health care consumerism and how it has advanced in recent years. The Affordable Care Act played a role, requiring many consumers to research cost and quality, and emphasizing preventive care. HAP identified a unique opportunity to support Pennsylvania health care consumers. During May 2016, they launched Healthy Me PA, a digital community designed to become Pennsylvania’s premier online consumer resource for health and health care. Healthy Me PA distributes compelling health and health care content to targeted audiences, through the website, email, Facebook, and Twitter.
720 Strategies – AANP’s “Veterans Deserve Care” Public Awareness Campaign
Wait times for veterans’ health care reached unacceptable levels over the last several years. According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, as of May 2016, more than 505,000 veterans were forced to wait 30 days or more to receive health care at VA facilities across the country. In some cases, veterans reportedly died waiting for health care. In 2016, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners launched a national integrated campaign, Veterans Deserve Care, to expand veterans’ access to high-quality health care within the VA health system and strengthen public and policymaker awareness of the critical need to reduce wait times for care.
Parthenon Management Group – Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS) Texting Program
OTIS’ texting program helps prevent adverse pregnancy outcomes such as birth defects, preterm delivery, and poor fetal/infant growth. Its new texting services helps reach expectant mothers about taking medication during pregnancy, as women of reproductive age increasingly prefer to to text and find resources online, rather than make telephone calls. The change was meaningful, as the number of phone calls that OTIS had been receiving had been declining over the years, and mothers of over 50% of babies born each year in the U.S. take at least one medication during pregnancy. Access to OTIS’ experts who gather, synthesize and translate this information is critical, as with correct information, decisions can be made about exposures that should be avoided, as well as those that need not be avoided.
Endocrine Society – EndoCares
Through EndoCares, the Endocrine Society identifies a highly relevant endocrine disease/disorder and provides educational tools to healthcare providers and patients. The education and resources provided by EndoCares empower healthcare professionals and patients by providing them valuable methods for treating, managing, and diagnosing endocrine disorders while connecting and fostering relationships between patients and providers. The first program focused on diabetes, a global epidemic and one of the most prevalent endocrine diseases in the world.
A complete listing of Summit, Gold and Silver winners can be found here. Thank you to all who entered, and congratulations to all the winners. Nominations will open in January for 2018 recognition.