The Hawaii State Department
of Education (HIDOE) and the Hawaii Dental Association (HDA) are renewing their
commitment to educating kids about the importance of dental hygiene. The
agencies have continued their Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to promote oral
health by teaching students proper dental hygiene techniques and providing
information about access to free dental health services.
HDA will conduct
informational presentations in HIDOE first and second grade classes on Oahu,
Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island through December 2017 and again from January
through February 2018, which is National Children’s Dental Health Month.
“Our goal with establishing
healthcare partnerships, like this one with the Hawaii Dental Association, is
to provide access to health services for our students so they can show up to
school healthy, engaged and ready to learn,” said Superintendent Dr. Christina
Kishimoto. “Mahalo to everyone involved in this partnership – from the dentists
to our teachers – it is an important step to ensuring our students are getting
proper oral healthcare.”
are also part of a national initiative from the American Dental Association to
bring preventative education and dental services to underserved children, which
includes 92,000 economically disadvantaged public school students in Hawaii.
first year of this partnership, we had 10 dentists educate more than 700
students,” added Melissa Pavlicek, president, Hawaii Public Policy Advocates
who coordinated the MOA on behalf of HDA. “We look forward to continuing
the success of this partnership and expanding outreach even further this year.
We encourage schools and teachers that are interested to contact Danny Cup
Choy at (808) 447-1840.”
highlights the work that has been done by the department to ensure that all
students come to school healthy and ready to learn. Other healthcare partners
include the University of Hawaii at Manoa, which launched the “Hawaii Keiki”
program with the department in 2014, and has increased school-based health