The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) and the American Dental Association (ADA) have teamed up to support school nurses to promote awareness of oral health in schools. The 2011 campaign, Empowering School Nurses to Change Oral Health Perceptions, was funded by a grant to NASN from the DentaQuest Foundation. The goals of the campaign were to:
- Support school nurses in their efforts to keep children healthy and ready to learn
- Assess the knowledge, perceptions and practices of school nurses related to promoting an awareness of oral health
- Provide school nurses with relevant oral health resources and messages, while Improving the mechanism through which these are delivered
- Encourage and improve collaboration between school nurses and oral health professionals in states and communities
The National Association of School Nurses is a non-profit specialty nursing organization, organized in 1968 and incorporated in 1977, representing school nurses . NASN has over 15,000 members and 51 affiliates, including the District of Columbia and overseas. The mission of the NASN is to improve the health and educational success of children and youth by developing and providing leadership to advance the school nursing practice. Visit NASN at www.nasn.org.
The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing more than 156,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected
guide to consumer dental care products. JADA, a monthly journal, is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit the ADA at www.ada.org.
About the DentaQuest Foundation
The DentaQuest Foundation is committed to optimal oral health for all Americans through its support of prevention and access to affordable care, and through its partnerships with funders, policymakers and community leaders. Visit DentaQuest Foundation at www.dentaquestfoundation.org.