Improving Lives Through our Global Oral Health Initiative Fund

Global Oral Health Initiative

Riga Dental Clinic
Bikur Holim Hospital
Dental Clinic, Riga, Latvia
Bikur Holim Hospital
Bikur Holim Hospital
 

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Global Oral Health Initiative


At the beginning of the new millenium, the Alpha Omega Fraternity decided to give greater substance to its mission of "Reaching out to the needs of dental health, education, research and care throughout the world" by establishing the Global Oral Health Initiative, known informally as GOHI.

GOHI is represented by dental and maxillofacial clinics we have established and continue to support in Guatemala, Latvia, Eritrea, Israel and, of course, here in the United States. This initiative encompasses our commitment to using the uplifting nature of dental health care as a bridge between differing peoples, promoting peace in the spirit of cooperation and the common shared interest of defeating debilitating disease. 

 

Guatamalan dental clinic
Opening ceremony of dental
clinic in Guatamala
Some of our volunteer efforts are with such established programs as:
 
  • Dentistry for All: Alpha Omega members and senior dental students from the Calgary, Canada and Chicago areas travel to Guatemala, where funds have been raised to build a free dental clinic and establish an oral health program that was non-existent.
  • Give Kids A Smile: An American Dental Association Sponsored program where dentists can volunteer to see underprivileged children in their practice or in affiliated clinics and dental schools.
  • Tomorrow's Smiles: Providing at-risk adolescents comprehensive oral health care services to help prepare them for healthy and productive futures. Caring dental professionals agree to provide pro-bono treatment services to a pre-screened motivated teen.
  • Dental Volunteers for Israel (DVI): This dental clinic in Jerusalem, founded by Trudi Berger in 1980, treats underpriviliged children, ages 5 to 18, regardless of their race or religious beliefs.
  • Dentristry for Holocaust Survivors: Pro-bono programs staffed by Alpha Omega members who treat Holocaust survivors living below poverty levels as identified by social service agencies.
  • Special Olympics - Special Smiles: Pro-bono care for children with special physical, cognitive and econonmic needs.
  • Jewish Dental Clinic (JDC): A free dental clinic in Michigan staffed by Detroit Alpha Omega members for needy patients.

There are many other facilities sponsored by Alpha Omega around the world that provide pro-bono care for those in need. To reference your own coummunity, please contact The Alpha Omega Foundation.

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