This program is designed for oral health projects requesting toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss needed to support oral health programs.
Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organizations on a rolling basis throughout the year and must include an oral health education component.
Rethink Your Drink
Schools that are selected for the Rethink Your Drink program will have an old drinking fountain replaced with a new Elkay water fountain/bottle filling station.
Selected schools will receive reusable water bottles for all students and staff and an opportunity for an additional $500 to design and implement an educational campaign encouraging students to drink more water during the school day.
Priority will be given to:
- Communities with optimally fluoridated water,
- Schools that have the highest rates of free and reduced price lunch, and
- Schools that do not already have a water bottle filling station installed in their building.
(In 2017, free and reduced price lunch rates for awarded schools ranged from 50-100%.)
Rethink Your Drink is supported by the Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Nutrition and Health Promotion, Iowa Public Health Association, Iowa Department of Education, and Balfrey & Johnston, Inc.
Requests for the 2018 campaign will be accepted beginning in late April.
Smart Smiles® in School
Teaching children the importance of proper oral hygiene is needed to develop a lifetime of healthy smiles. Smart Smiles® in School is an oral health teaching kit designed to be an engaging and interactive curriculum for students from Kindergarten through 5th grade.
Smart Smiles kits are intended for outreach education on an ongoing basis in schools, child care centers and other child-focused community-based organizations.
Please note: One (1) Smart Smiles® in School kit may be requested per not-for-profit organization.