The Ottauquechee Health Foundation no longer administers the SMILES Program.
As of June 30, 2018, the Program is on hold as we work to identify a new organization to administer the program.
NOTE: Residents of the towns served by the Ottauquechee Health Foundation (Barnard, Bridgewater, Hartland, Killington, Plymouth, Pomfret, Quechee, Reading, and Woodstock) are still able to apply for grants to receive dental care through OHF’s Good Neighbor Grants Program.
For more information about Good Neighbor Grants, please contact Beth Robinson, Grants Coordinator, at 802-457-4188.
The OHF SMILES program is a preventative oral health screening program. The “OHF SMILES” pilot program (previously known as “SMILES FOR SENIORS” ) launched in 2015 and included partnerships with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Community Health, Alice Peck Day Community Health, and the Vermont Oral Health Coalition, and Dr. Mark Knott, DDS.
Our goal is to create an accessible, place-based program to address preventative oral health care in an effort to decrease the number of individuals responding to urgent oral health needs.
Through funding from a grant from the Vermont Oral Health Coalition and additional support from D-H Community Health and the Ottauquechee Health Foundation, the OHF SMILES program provides education, oral health screenings ans assessments, and fluoride varnish to adults in community venues. There is no charge to participants for this program. Once screened by the dental hygienist, our Care Coordinators connect those without dental homes to oral health services.
For qualifying participants who are uninsured or under-insured and with limited income, we have funding available from the Ottauquechee Health Foundation’s Good Neighbor Grants program and SMILES Grants to help with treatment related costs.
The program is simple and requires very little equipment and a modest space. Since July 2015, we have served more than 160 individuals through the OHF SMILES program and have connected them to dental homes.