Childhood tooth decay is Public Health Enemy #1 in America! In order to stop decay, we must triumph over three barriers:
Each community has its own unique challenges when it comes to good oral health. Solutions that work in one region may not fix the issues in another. The Health Education Resources and Outreach Program (HERO) works to identify and address those specific issues at a local level. Our local Oral Health Action Heroes are essential to the success of our education programs nationwide. To make an impact in all of our nation’s communities we need heroes to step up and take action! Will YOU join the fight?
Rise to the Task! Complete all three levels to defeat tooth decay in YOUR community!
In order to create change, you must first understand the existing problems. You can start helping others by researching and documenting what your community believes about oral health.
When people know better, they can do better! By simply increasing oral health education through changing beliefs, we can begin to help people change their behaviors too.
In order to create lasting change, we must impact the systems, structures, regulations and rules affecting whole populations. When we create change within the environment where we live, work and play, we may change our choices.
YOU can uncover current understanding and local conditions to change beliefs, move the needle on behavioral change, and have significant impact on the environments we all live in!
Download our HERO Guide for more information and project ideas.
Are you a Scout that would like to participate in the HERO Program? Download the Scout Patch Project Brochure (under "Resources" below) for more information. Our Scout Patch project has closed for the year. Check back for updates on future opportunites to earn your Oral Health Action HERO patch in 2019.
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Grants are currently available in CT and NJ.
You can help nonprofit community groups educate families about good oral health!
Contact Jess McDonald for more details about Education Resource Sponsorship.
This program is made possible with support from