HEALTHY SMILES MOBILE DENTAL FOUNDATION

Everyone Deserves a Healthy Smile

Fresno/Fresno, CA   |  www.healthysmiles.us
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Mission

Healthy Smiles are our mission and passion - to provide consistent, compassionate oral health care to chronically underserved children in the agricultural heartland of California.

Ruling year info

2011

CEO

Susan Kodama

Executive Director

Tai Hartman

Main address

4186 West Swift Avenue, #108

Fresno/Fresno, CA 93722 USA

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EIN

77-0530538

NTEE code info

Ambulatory Health Center, Community Clinic (E32)

Community Health Systems (E21)

Unknown (Z99)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The need we work to address: #1 -Tooth decay: is the number one chronic childhood disease yet is the easiest to prevent. #2 - Lack of access to care: has created an oral health epidemic among low and no income ethnic families in our 'communities'. #3 - Geography: Healthy Smiles a school-based clinic that provides mobile dental services across six central California counties...a vast agricultural area of over 19,000 square miles. Our home base, Fresno County, is just slightly smaller than than the state of Rhode Island. #4. - No/low income Ethnic minorities: Fresno County alone has 110,000 children living in poverty. We serve 20 rural and inner-city school districts that range in size from 75,000 to 191 students with an average of 91.2% ethnic minorities and 86.9% of the children are on free lunch program. 100% of our little patients are from no or low income families.

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?

Healthy Smiles

Provide preventive and restorative treatment including:
exams, x-rays, cleaning, fluoride varnish and sealants and ITR's, ( Interim Therapeutic Restorations); and restorative treatment such as fillings, simple extractions, stainless steel crowns, pulpotomies. Referral for specialists.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

Program focuses on preventive treatment and education.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

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 mission is to provide healthy smiles for at-risk children where they are free from pain, able to enjoy better overall health and improved self-image that can contribute to their quality of life. Our model of care is designed to provide minimally invasive, comprehensive and compassionate oral health care for chronically under-served children in the agricultural heartland of California.

Our goals are to:
1. Increase access to restorative and preventive dental treatment for low or no income minority families
2. Instill life-long positive oral health behavior through education and screening

To increase access to oral health care, we deliver restorative and preventive dental treatment with two mobile vans, utilizing both traditional and teledentistry models, in school and community-based settings.

The program is designed to provide a dental home for our little patients, as services are on-going and episodic, based on the need of the school and/or community. As a school-based clinic we return to each of our 100 sites every six months and have become a dental home with an average of 72% returning patients...remarkable when considering the transient nature of our target population.

While we do provide restorative treatment, in this model of delivery of care strategies revolves around prevention, i.e. consistent preventive treatment and oral hygiene education. As such, we have seen an improvement in the oral health habits of our little patients, and with a 65-75% increase in the 'cavity free' exams...goal accomplished.
However, our philosophy is to shoot for the moon, so we aim for 100%!

With 26 years’ experience in delivering mobile dental care to children, Healthy Smiles is a licensed Community Clinic in California, and is qualified as a school-based health clinic…the good news is...we just serve way more than one school. In 2019, we served over 8,000 children in more than 100 schools across more than 15,000 square miles of ‘service area.’

We have developed wonderful partners over the years. Much of our success is attributed to the passion and drive of our school and community partners who reach out to the families in need and provide a trusted voice to bring those families to us for the first time. Once they receive care in the van, many children return year after year.

Healthy Smiles has recorded data since 1996 that shows we have increased service capacity from 1,500 children per year to over 8,000 children per year. We developed an oral hygiene education program that reaches children right in their classrooms. In 2004, we began providing more preventive services and have been able to place over 52,000 sealants to date with 25% of those sealants placed on primary molars.

In addition to our existing services, we are currently working to establish a model school-based sealant program in Fresno Unified School District, fourth largest district in California. Our goal is to build a funding base that will allow us to implement the program in all 20 of the districts we serve.

Further, we are currently working to establish a dental assisting program for ethnic minorities who don't think they have a chance at a professional career, and if they did, do not have the financial means to begin a career in the dental profession. Fees would be 15% of those for trade schools and or colleges, and format would allow them to enter into the workforce earlier with an established plan for a career path, debt free!

Financials

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Operations

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

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HEALTHY SMILES MOBILE DENTAL FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 02/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr Michael Alijani

Healthy Smiles Mobile Dental Foundation

Term: 2014 - 2020


Board co-chair

David Rose

Benco Dental Supply

Term: 2014 - 2020

Susan Kodama

Healthy Smiles Mobile Dental Foundation

Michael Alijani, DDS

Healthy Smiles Mobile Dental Foundation

Vince Nishakawa

Nishakawa Landscaping

Dalila Herrera-Agustin

California Health Collaborative

David Rose

Benco Dental Supply

Board leadership practices

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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 ? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/5/2021

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
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/05/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.