UNSPOKEN SMILES FOUNDATION, INC.

Oral Health For Life

aka UNSPOKEN SMILES   |   New York, NY   |  www.unspokensmiles.org

Mission

Unspoken Smiles Foundation promotes both long-term oral health and economic security in the world’s most disadvantaged regions.

Ruling year info

2015

Founder & CEO

Jean Paul Laurent

Main address

26 Broadway, Floor 8

New York, NY 10004 USA

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EIN

46-2785474

NTEE code info

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Public Health Program (E70)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Problem:
-­The serious long and short term impact of poor oral health, particularly for children (effect on over health and wellbeing, economic and social implications etc., with supporting statistics);
-­The barriers to accessing adequate dental care for the populations served by Unspoken Smiles (limited number of dentists, remote communities);
-­The limited number of well-­‐paying jobs for women in developing countries and the impact that this has on countries' economies and attitudes towards women.

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?

Global Emissay Leaders Program

The USF Global Emissary program is a business plan-style competition designed to inspire university students and young leaders to propose solutions to the global oral health crisis and implement these solutions. Annual we host the Global Oral Health Challenge (GOHC) competition which brings talented and idealistic young leaders together for a few days of brainstorming, educational panels, and networking. Emissary postulants will have the opportunity to submit their ideas and participate in a collaborative, multi-stage process. USF will select those finalists with the best proposals and most compelling personal leadership characteristics to become the next USF Global Emissaries. As recipients of this program, USF Global Emissaries will be sent on a special mission to help USF in implementing in-school oral health programs around the world and promote the Unspoken Smiles Fellowship. They will also receive seed funding, mentorship and a global ecosystem of resources that they will need to implement their proposals locally, develop as socially responsible leaders and entrepreneurs, and most importantly, work to bring an end to oral disease worldwide.

Population(s) Served

USF improves access to professional dental care through utilizing indigenous resources including training employable adult women, establishing a network of delivery support resources and selecting tools that local communities are able to easily access. USF developed the concept of providing health and education through conducting pilot studies to ensure validity, reliability, and experience that has generated substantial insight into what an effective program requires for successful operation and sustainability. Creating a reputable program that is duplicated to provide continuous community transformation is necessary for increasing the number of children and families with improved dental health care. This 12-week course includes classes on mouth health, bacteria, brushing techniques, foods for better oral health and more.

Population(s) Served

Improving the quality of life in a community involves maintaining the resources that contribute to the desired beneficial outcomes and results. USF programs include utilizing indigenous resources including native personnel and local tools to enable communities to progress onwards long after training has been completed.

The USF Fellowship includes a full ecosystem of training and support for aspiring young women between the ages of 18- 35 to help them build professional and technical skills as dental assistants with extended functions, serving as a bridge from poverty to sustainable employment. These women become skilled preventative care resources who directly improve their own communities and families

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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 health education trainings conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

School-based Education and Prevention Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of health/hygiene product and/or tools of care (mosquito nets, soap, etc.) administered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

School-based Education and Prevention Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of job skills training courses/workshops conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Global Emissay Leaders Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of persons with dental insurance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people unable to obtain or delaying needed medical care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of individuals without a usual source of care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

School-based Education and Prevention Program

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

1. Develop healthy oral hygiene habits for life and improve dental hygiene results in under-served communities. 2. Increase availability of essential supplies such as toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss in under-served communities 3. Improve access to professional dental care, including preventative, hygiene care
4.Build and run an effective, efficient and sustainable organization

The Solution:
-­ A working model that creates a culture change around attitudes towards oral health by providing ongoing dental care and education in schools;
-­ The training and placement of community dental assistants leading to improved oral health through earlier intervention, better oral health education, and access to care;
-­ Breaking cycles of poverty and empowering women by providing fellowships to train young women as dental assistants;
-­ Increased dignity for patients and Fellows through better oral health, well-paying jobs, and an elevated social status.

Our organization sets itself apart through our focus on building a long-lasting mission project that not only benefits the children, but their communities as well. Where groups like Bianca's House and Dental Care for Children operate through annual clinics that utilize non-indigenous volunteers, Unspoken Smiles goes to each community with the intention to employ and train the indigenous residents who can carry on our work even when we are not around. By integrating our curriculum through the local schools and supplying the residents with their own dental professionals we can not only offer prolonged education but prevention and treatment options to the respective areas as well. These advantages are paramount in our success to improve the oral health in children around the world because we are enabling the communities to take responsibility into their own hands. No more waiting for the next mission or annual clinic to come through, we can impact generations of children to come.

The most effective measurement of our work can be described by a simple ratio- 1:1. We have served over 5,000 children in our target community, that is over 5,000 children who now have a better opportunity to avoid awful, painful diseases like tooth decay or gum disease for the rest of their lives. Over 5,000 children who are less likely to miss school, or be unable to eat because of the pain from poor oral health. By the end of 2019 we plan to have up to 100,000 children served in our current locations, as well as spread our services into other countries. With this project we could enable an entire generation of Haitian children to have the lowest reported cases of tooth decay in history. This, along with the financial benefits of providing work for previously unemployed women will enable Unspoken Smiles to not only improve the health of our target population, but also improve their economy. This type of focus over the next two years will allow us to serve tens of thousands of children and set us up to move into more under-served communities worldwide.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people,

Financials

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Operations

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

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UNSPOKEN SMILES FOUNDATION, INC.

Board of directors
as of 6/1/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jean Paul Laurent

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/05/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/05/2020

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Data
  • 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 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.