Nickmans Establish New Healthy Smiles President’s Grant

2017-2018 AAPD President Jim Nickman of Lino Lakes Minn., and his wife Jean, have established a new grant award for the Academy’s Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Foundation which helps put pediatric dentists one big step closer to providing dental homes for one million unserved children by 2022.

The AAPD President’s Access to Care Grant provides an additional award in 2018 in the state hosting the Annual Session. Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services in Honolulu will receive $20,000 to expand access to dental services for children at more than seven elementary schools through the agency’s mobile dental unit, including preventive education, sealant and fluoride varnish treatments. The attendant expansion of dental resident training and extensive outreach efforts to integrate dental care in comprehensive primary care services are hallmarks of the agency’s multidisciplinary care model.

As a major entry point for immigrant families, the 24sm area of Oahu served by Kokua Kalihi is home to the highest percentages of new immigrants and public housing residents in the state. Eighty-five percent are at or below the federal poverty level; nearly 40 percent are foreign-born and half speak a language other than English in the home.

"Each year, Healthy Smiles receives more than 200 applications from nonprofits around the country for just a dozen grants, who turn to the Academy for help in providing dental care for unserved kids," says Dr Nickman. "Jean and I are proud to do our part once again so that the foundation can say yes even one more time from among the many qualified applicants we have to turn down…Every kid counts."

Healthy Smiles is the largest dentist-led charity serving children’s oral health in the United States. More than one-third of AAPD members contribute to the foundation annually. The Foundation has made over $4.5 million in access to care grants since 2010.


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