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Dental Health Theatre, Inc.

Infectiously contaminating children of all ages to learn, have fun and make great life choices!

aka HealthWorks! Kids' Museum St. Louis   |   St. Louis, MO   |  www.hwstl.org

Mission

We excite and inspire kids with the knowledge and tools to lead healthier lives. We envision a community where children are healthy and thriving.

Ruling year info

2003

Co-Executive Director, Director of Operations

Mrs. Ashley Allen

Co-Executive Director, Director of Programs

Dr. Kourtenay Green

Main address

HealthWorks! Kids' Museum St. Louis 1100 Macklind Ave

St. Louis, MO 63110 USA

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EIN

75-3018876

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Children's Museums (A52)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

HealthWorks! was created to fill a need right here in our community and to help a state that is in the midst of a health crisis. In 2016, Missouri ranked 37th out of 50 states in health; and St. Louis City ranked 111th out of 115 counties! St. Louis repeatedly ranks poorly when it comes to stroke, cardiovascular disease, STD's, smoking, obesity, cancer, diabetes, and premature deaths. Far too many of our youth experience serious health risks that are completely preventable.
2011 research demonstrates that an annual investment of $10 per person in evidence-based community programs is proven to increase physical activity, improve nutrition, and prevent tobacco use. This prevention investment could save the US more than $16 billion annually within five years - a return on investment of $5.60 for every dollar! A case study by The McCrel Institute indicated that just one visit to HealthWorks! can result in changed health habits.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

HealthWorks! Double Dare

HealthWorks! Double Dare!TM (grades 3-5, 90 minutes) (HWDD- No core standards identified) We double-dare you to sit still during this wild and rollicking look at the amazing human body! Students take a fast look at six different body systems* with facts that are backed up with fun and unforgettable physical challenge "interactivities”. Students will have an opportunity to "come on down” and, if the wheel is on their side, the teachers and chaperones might too! Heart • kidneys • lungs • intestines • bones • muscles • benefits of exercise

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Move It!TM (grades K-5, 30 minutes) (MI No standards identified) It’s time to Move It! Learning about the five food groups has never been so easy to digest. Participants will have a delectable experience as they shimmy and shake to the music and develop a palate for good nutrition and exercise. Five food groups • how healthy food helps your body • importance of exercise • making exercise fun

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Bozo’s Big Bowel MovementTM (grades K-5, 20 minutes) (BBB no standards identified) Come join us on a journey through the digestive system. Students learn about each step of digestion as they compete in HealthWorks! spin on the classic carnival game "Bozo’s Buckets”. Bonus: A video journey through a real digestive tract to enthrall students as they learn how to keep a healthy body. Digestive tract • nutrition • hydration • Exercise

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Mission Fit Possible TM (grades K-2, 60 minutes) (MFP) Calling all secret agents! A plague of lethargy has overtaken the city and student help is needed to uncover the "whys” behind this departure from health. Children are tired, hungry, lazy and grumpy – their health and fitness must be restored! Students’ mission, should they choose to accept it, is to uncover clues, conquer challenges and restore citizens’ vitality. This message will self-destruct in 3..2…1… Sleep • mood • nutrition • hydration • exercise • importance of being kind

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

ScrubbaDubbaVeggeThinkerCising!TM (grades K-2, 60 minutes) (SDVTC) Who is Alex? An average student going through an average day; a day with many choices. That’s where the students come in! Students help Alex make decisions such as what to eat for lunch, how much sleep he should get, and how to deal with conflict. Kids travel with Alex from the day’s beginning to end, with many stops along the way. By the time they are finished, all who participated will be armed with lots of great practical information that they can apply to their own daily health decision making. Hand washing • oral hygiene • nutrition • hydration • hazards of smoking • importance of being kind

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Super ScrubbersTM (grades PreK-K, 30 minutes) (SS) It’s all about keeping clean at HealthWorks! Students explore choices they can make to keep themselves healthy with a special emphasis on hand hygiene and oral health. Students leave with a memorable experience as they scrub, brush, and dance to keep away germs and promote health! By program’s end, all will have earned the honor of becoming a ‘Super Scrubber’! Germs and how to contain them • hand-washing technique and habits • tooth brushing technique and habits

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Proclamation- Delta Dental Health Theatre Day- August 6th 2011

City of St. Louis Office of the Mayor

What's Right with the Region- Promoting Stronger Communities 2018

Focus St. Louis

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of customers reporting satisfaction with program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

SAMI collects and summarizes key performance indicators for educational programs at HealthWorks! Kids’ Museum St. Louis. These results are from a survey representing a sample of 925 of our visitors.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children, Infants and toddlers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

This number represents the total number of individual receiving a HealthWorks! experience. Reduced visitors in 2020 and 2021 reflect being closed to general admission during Covid pandemic.

Number of clients reporting increased knowledge after educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

SAMI collects and summarizes key performance indicators for educational programs at HealthWorks! Kids’ Museum St. Louis. These results are from a survey representing a sample of 925 of our visitors.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our overarching aim is to improve the general health of children and residents throughout the St. Louis greater community. By teaching children about the connection between the choices they make and the lives they lead, HealthWorks! substantially increases children's' knowledge and understanding of the importance of personal responsibility for life-long health.

Objectives include:

Objective 1:
To engage youth in an interactive process of discovery to stimulate curiosity, exploration, knowledge, and positive attitudes toward healthy living.

Objective 2:
To improve children's appreciation of the wonder and complexity of the human body, its senses, intelligence, and support.

Objective 2:
To increase youth's knowledge of health choices and options and empower them to make informed health decisions in their daily lives.

Objective 3:
To cultivate youth's knowledge and desire to maintain healthy weights and avoid exposure to alcohol, drugs, and tobacco.

Objective 4:
To facilitate fun, exciting, and meaningful experiences that develop cooperation, conflict resolutions skills, and improved teamwork among youth.

As visitors enter HealthWorks! Kids' Museum St. Louis, children encounter the world's largest set of fiberglass teeth, which hangs from the ceiling in our 12,000-square-foot interactive space; with bubbles bursting forth, the teeth transform from yellow to white to generate excitement around good oral health.

Next, visitors are greeted by a giant 55-foot long, 25-foot wide, 8 foot tall human skeletal structure that serves as a universally accessible indoor playground called Interactive Dude. As children explore Interactive Dude, they experience a hands-on anatomy lesson including climbing inside a skull where they discover different parts of the brain and their functions; they encounter a giant electronic game that allows kids to interact with the internal organs; and they explore an All-About-Poop panel that actually passes gas (as you can imagine - this is a huge hit with the kids!). Interactive Dude has two, 10-foot legs, one that serves as a giant slide, and another that serves as a balance beam.

In the pizza garden and farmers' market, kids identify food and practice sorting foods into the different food groups. And in our hands-on kitchen, children can choose healthy foods that they love to eat.

Throughout the entire museum, enthusiastic health educators guide children through high-energy, fast-moving interactions, including mock medical and dental offices where kids wear lab coats, use blood pressure cuffs, and examine X-rays. Through role playing and cooperative group activities, children playfully experience social cooperation skills, behavior management, and even conflict resolution.

Our program captivates children's natural interests in how their body works and how they can help it function at its best. Inquisitive kids are bursting with questions: “Why do I have to eat vegetables? How does my brain work? Why should I brush my teeth?"

Answering these important questions with interactive experiences, kids discover for themselves how their bodies work and why healthy eating, exercise, hydration, and even brushing their teeth are all important to help their bodies be their best. In our “Face Your Future" exhibit, age progression technology offers kids a glimpse into their future based on life choices tied to tobacco use, sun exposure, and diet. As kids view their appearance based on tobacco use, they each passionately proclaim: “I will NEVER smoke!"

Throughout the entire museum, it is nearly impossible to find an idle child. Children actively explore, play, have fun, and learn! Our evidence-based exhibits create extraordinary learning experiences where children learn through play how to make healthy choices to become their healthiest selves. Our creative approach to health creates an unforgettable and habit changing experience that turns visitors into health advocates for themselves, their families and the community.

HealthWorks! is a new and unique opportunity for youth in our region. Our model has proven successful at two other locations (South Bend, IN and Tupelo, MS). While we are independent of these other programs, we have worked closely with them to develop our exhibits and educational models. Our programs are based on National Health and Wellness Education and Common Core Standards. These programs were developed in conjunction with memorial Hospital systems in South Bend as well as Notre Dame University.

Additionally, here in St. Louis we work closely with the St. Louis Science Center Foundation which owns the building housing our museum, and we have entered into a long-term lease and partnership agreement with the Science Center Foundation.

HealthWorks! Kids' Museum is an expansion of The Dental Health Theatre that has operated successfully in St. Louis since 1977. We continue to work in collaboration with Delta Dental of Missouri as well as local dental and health care providers throughout the community to achieve a common goal of improving oral health and overall health outcomes for youth and their caregivers.

We have an outstanding team of educators with a variety of health and education degrees. We continue to diversify and strength our growing board of directors and diversify funding streams. Our new facility provides us with the opportunity to grow our earned revenue to help sustain our operations and the larger facility allows us to provide more education to the children in our community.

Accomplished:

-Opened and expanded facility footprint
- Increased programs offered
- Increased revenue
- Added interactive exhibits
- Increased operating budget
- Added new diverse board members
- Exceeding 2017 attendance goals
- Created new partnerships

Opportunities
- Partner with a healthcare system to track and demonstrate change in health outcomes
- Raise the final $200,000 to close capital campaign
- Continue to spread the word of our facility and programs
- Continue to increase attendance and reach to schools and children in need
- Add puberty and sex education programs to our programs offered
-Continue to reach the medical community for support

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Dental Health Theatre, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 07/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Christena Clauss

Charles F Poeschl

No affiliation

Christena Clauss, RDH

Alderman of Fenton, MO

Craig Hollander

Pediatric Dentistry of Sunset Hills

Steve Wisniewski

Rubin Brown

Carmen Boeser

Michelle Weltman

Shirley Knight

Amy Tiemeier

University of Health Sciences & Pharmacy in St. Louis

Heidi Horn

Aida de Andra Utero

Rosemary Bishop

Bobby Heitz

Karen Steitz

Alicia Myles-Wartts

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/20/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/25/2020

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.