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Give Kids A Smile NYC 2017:  Successful & Growing
Give Kids A Smile NYC, the Society’s largest community-focused event, brings together dentists, dental staff, dental students and other volunteers to provide dental screenings and education to children, their parents and teachers in a fun and festive atmosphere.  It's also a wonderful opportunity to build connection within our community, among members and raise the profile of the profession at large. The main goal is to educate children, screen them and refer them in three underserved sections of New York City, and have them learn about the importance of oral health for general health and well being.  
On February 3rd, the program was conducted for nearly 1,000 primary school children at three sites: East Harlem, West Harlem and Houston Street (where the largest number of homeless children attend school). The oral hygiene instruction and review of healthy eating habits used movies, crafts and puppets. A significant number of children were found to have noticeable decay on a screening performed without instrumentation. A "report card" was generated for each student with appropriate referral options so they can establish a "dental home" in their area. Each child received a “goody bag” filled with toothpaste, a toothbrush, and more.
One aspect of our program not performed in any other Give Kids A Smile model is a Parent Workshop. Two sites offered Parent Workshops which started with the parents watching the same dental video their children watched, followed by a question and answer session with both Spanish and English speaking dentists. The workshops were well attended and the parents were quite interested, asking many critical questions. 
The Honorary Chair of Give Kids A Smile, Council Member Corey Johnson, chair of the Health Committee of the New York City Council, was instrumental in helping to navigate issues faced by the New York City Department of Health and the Department of Education.
As general chair, Dr. Weisfuse devoted numerous hours and personal time to ensure a successful program. She was assisted by a Steering Committee and several dedicated site leaders: Drs. Meryl Kramer Brown, Suchie Chawla, Danielle Currier, Andrew Deutch, Mina Kim, Michelle Lee, Robert Lipner, Ioanna Mentzelopoulou, and Adam Silevitch.  Additional thanks to Dr. Matthew Nadler for ensuring the goody bags were stuffed, and to NYCDS President Dr. Ken Cooperman and his staff for hosting the GKAS meetings and materials this year.   
None of this would be possible without the generous support of our sponsors: Colgate and Henry Schein, Dentegra Insurance Company (our Lead Sponsor), Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Co. (MLMIC), Scar Vita Photography and numerous individual donors.
It was an exciting day for all involved....we really made a difference!

A Record Crowd Commemorates New Officers
A capacity crowd attended the Installation of Officers and enjoyed a ceremony that was respectful, lighthearted and at times quite humorous. ADA Trustee Chad Gehani installed Ioanna Mentzelopoulu as secretary, Luis Fujimoto as treasurer, Richard Lewenson as vice president and James Jacobs as president-elect prior to installing Dr. Kenneth Cooperman as the Society’s newest president on January 19 at the Harvard Club. During the proceedings Jeffrey Senzer received recognition for his time and dedication serving for four years on the Greater New York Dental Meeting’s Organizing Committee.
Before handing over the reins to the incoming president, Dr. Khurana provided an overview of the many accomplishments that were achieved in the past year. He noted that perhaps the chief accomplishment from 2016 was extricating NYCDS from its existing lease and finding more suitable and fiscally responsible office space. In his acceptance speech, Dr. Cooperman stressed breaking down barriers of communication with young dentists, and even within our own organization, to help make NYCDS more efficient. 
Members and invited guests celebrated afterwards over drinks, passed hors d’oeuvres and buffet stations in the splendid setting of the Harvard Club.  In addition to Dr. Gehani, several other special guests attended the festivities.  The New York State Dental Association was represented by Speaker of the House Steven Gounardes, Executive Director Mark Feldman, Dental Foundation Trustee Mark Bauman, and NYSDA Trustee from Nassau County, Michael Shreck. Second District Dental Society was well-represented by President Gabriel Ariola, President Elect Sari Rosenswein, Vice President Alyson Buchalter and Executive Director Bernie Hackett. Nassau County President Fabiola Milord attended, as well as Greater New York Dental Meeting Executive Director Robert Edwab.  Representing the Chinese American Dental Association was President Ruohong Jiang, President-Elect Glenn Ngan and NYU Professor Yon Lai.
As always, we thank our loyal corporate sponsors for their continued support:  AmWINS Group Benefits, Bank of America Practice Solutions, Glove Club, Mandelbaum Salsburg, MLMIC and Straumann.
Special thanks to the evening’s event sponsors for their support:  Epstein Practice Brokerage, House Call Dentists, and Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company (MLMIC).