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Dignity Health Foundation East Valley
January 2017
In this issue:
■  Dental Clinic
■  Power of Purse
■  Save-The-Date 
■  Partners 
■  Thank You

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 Dignity Health is partnering with Kids for Peace to sponsor the 2017 Great Kindness Challenge, a global program that aims to inspire students to make a lifelong commitment to service and kindness. Between January 23 - 27, 2017, you are invited to join Dignity Health and make a difference in our hospitals, our local community and beyond.

Dental Clinic Honored by the America Dental Hygienists Association

Little Girl

The Dignity Health Foundation- East Valley welcomed 2017 with a donation by the American Dental Hygienists Association to its First Teeth First Oral Health Program.  It's an honor to be recognized by an association that appreciates the importance of filling this unmet community need.  The program can use all donations by private foundations or private individuals to expand services to those in need in our community.

It might not be widely known that by the third grade, Arizona children have the highest rate of cavities in the U.S. with 40% left untreated.  They also have twice the rate of untreated tooth decay as the U.S. average. The First Teeth First program seeks to reduce the incidence of childhood caries in children through fluoride varnish applications, education, screenings and referrals.  First Teeth First is administered through clinics held at WIC offices, community centers, immunization clinics, family resource centers, health fairs and community events.  The Chandler Children’s Dental Clinic, a free walk-in clinic also provides these critical services.

Until recently, First Teeth First provided oral screening and fluoride applications to children up to 5 years of age.  Now, with the help of the ADHA, it will be able to serve older children 6 to 18 years.  These services are available to all, however, the primary focus is on the uninsured in our community.  Dignity Health recognizes the importance of oral health as an important part of overall health.  Indeed, when children are free from toothaches, they can eat, sleep and learn better! 

Womens Philanthropic Society's Annual Fundraising Off to a Great Start! 

 Amazon The 2017 projects chosen for support by the women of the Power of the Purse are life-changing including 3D mammography equipment, stroke camp, and a project to ensure the timeliness of care in the hospitals. Fundraising for these projects is moving swiftly ahead.

It's not too late to join the first fundraising social of the year on January 29th, 11:15 - 2:00 p.m.  Enjoy a Brunch Social at Las Sendas Golf Course with luxury motor coach transportation from the Mercy Gilbert Healing Garden Parking lot (east side).  RSVP on the Facebook Group or directly to connie.johnston@dignityhealth.org. 

Another fundraising opportunity is for you to join in the Amazon Smiles Give Back program and choose Dignity Health Foundation East Valley. Your shopping will benefit the 2017 projects. The group will also help the community by volunteering at Feed My Starving Children on Feb. 28th @ 5pm, with a social prior at Chipotle http://volunteer.fmsc.org/register with code 1019043.

Join today at PowerofPurse.org!



Thank you to all of the committee members volunteering their time to host this weekend of laughter and fun to benefit patients and their families.  For more information on sponsorships for any of the events, or to donate to the auctions and raffles, please contact Catrina.Boppart@dignityhealth.org. 

Improving the Wellness of the Community Through Partnerships

Valley Women for Women Present the Family 5k Run and Walk

Valley Women for Women has hit the starting blocks as the presenting sponsor for the 5k Family Run and Walk that is scheduled for Saturday May 6th at 8am at Freestone Park.  Arizona Spine and Joint Hospital will join them as the 1 mile walk sponsor.  Thanks to both organizaitons for supporting our healthy and fun day for families.

Please consider a $1,000 sponsorship for the water stations or the kids dash. Proceeds will benefit the programs at the birthing centers at both Chandler Regional Medical Center and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, including specialty programs for families needing pregnancy and infant bereavement support. 

The race will again be professionally managed by Startline Racing and you can register and support families: https://raceroster.com/events/2017/10225/dignity-health-family-5k

Welcome to our Newest Partner 

Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care and Mercy Care Plan know that the actual delivery of health care services – like medicine and doctor’s appointments – is a small part of a person’s overall health.  They know that good health and wellness begins at home and at school. In our communities and in the workplace. It’s about where and how we live – the so-called “social determinants” – that really shape our health and wellness.  This is a perfect match for partnering with Dignity Health. 

Mercy Maricopa and Mercy Care Plan are launching a community health program called Mercy 360 Community to improve access to care, enhance food security and expand housing options. This fits perfectly with the Dignity Health mission to serve the poor and the underserved.  We are proud they have chosen to partner with us to improve the health and wellness of our community. 

Thank you donors giving $125+ since the last newsletter. Your tax-deductible gift makes a difference.

Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona, Michael Chilton, City of Chandler - Community Development,Clear Line Communications, Nancy A. Cole, Ms. Anarie Dela Cruz, Ms. Katherine Delacruz, Mr. Howard Dendurent, Desert Sands Golf Course, Bridget and Keith Doherty, Mark Done, Lisa Duncan, Essential Rehabilitation Services, Experience Matters Consortium Inc., Mr. John G. Ford, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Groover, Ana Gutierrez, Mr. Michael Halle, Mr. Michael Harmon, Michele and Brandon Holt,Mr. and Mrs. William A. Hunt III, Linda Impagliazzo, Johana Jacobo, Ms. Linda C. Kapucinski, Dr. Afeworki Kidane, Dr. and Mrs. Michael R. Kralik, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Landrum, Lanmor Services Incorporated, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Marreel, Ms. Mary Medida, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick A. Meger, Mrs. Betty L. Meyer, Dr. Neil E. and Vicki Motzkin, Satya Mudhar, Neurology Associates of the East Valley, Mr. Tom Ng, OrthoArizona Southeast Valley Co-Management Group, Ms. Jeanette M. Pacanovsky, Mr. and Mrs. Emory J. Patmos, PayPal, Aaron and Ashley Peace, Ms. Marisa Peoples, Jimmy Pham, PK Associates, Mr. Milind G. Rajguru, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Resnick, Mr. and Mrs. Garrett Richards, Marguerite Smith, Mr. Eric Sorensen, Mr. and Mrs. Roger W. Stage, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Mr. and Mrs. Franklyn H. Story, The Park Group, Thunderbirds Charities, Dr. David G. Tomich, Mr. Byron Torgersen, Town of Gilbert, Sarah and Graham Tubbs, Mr. Azael Uriarte, Ms. Carmen Utecht, Jennifer Vermillion, Mr. Richard Welker, Donna Wiley, Mr. and Mrs. John Wohlgemuth  and Thank you to those Benefactors who are Anonymous

Thank you for continuing the mission of the Foundation: to support Dignity Health healthcare facilities and programs in the Southeast Valley through philanthropy.

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