2013 GKAS Institute
Apply by April 29 for leadership development grants
Ambassador in action: Monica Chavez, Tri-County Dental Society GKAS coordinator and 2011 GKAS Leadership Institute ambassador, pauses for a photo with Dr. Vijay Patel at a GKAS program in February.
The GKAS Institute, set for Oct. 23-26 in St. Louis, offers selected participants the opportunity to learn in-person how to initiate, expand and/or enhance a GKAS program. The program is sponsored by Hu-Friedy, Henry Schein and the ADA Foundation.
In February, Give Kids A Smile-St. Louis Executive Director Joan Allen visited southern California to observe several GKAS programs conducted by dentists in the Tri-County Dental Society. Tri-County's GKAS coordinator, Monica Chavez, participated in the leadership program in 2011.
A link to the online application can be found on the GKAS Community Leadership Development Institute Web page. The deadline is April 29.
Fun with kids: A Tri-County Dental Society GKAS program features face painting for participating children.
Participants will hone their leadership and development skills and also serve as ambassadors for the St. Louis Give Kids A Smile fall program, which will provide comprehensive care to about 650 underserved children.
Ambassadors may be assigned to serve as clinic escorts, or in areas such as check-in/check-out, sterilization, photography, triage, education, entertainment and more.
Up to 10 travel grants will be awarded. State and local dental societies and community-based organizations providing oral health care for underserved children during GKAS will be considered. Applicants must reside within the U.S. 50 states.
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