Smile Programs Oral Health Educator in Elkhart, Indiana
The nation’s largest in-school dental program is looking for anOral Health Educator(also known as the Tooth Fairy!) to drive participation at our partner school districts while engaging children in the importance of oral health. Serving children for almost 20 years, our Big Smiles Mission is to bring dental care to students in schools, in the most comfortable and effective way.
In this role, you will be traveling to schools in Northern Indiana giving short oral health presentations to children in grades PK-5, while distributing consent forms from classroom to classroom. You will also be interacting with teachers, nurses, and other school staff.
Oral Health Educators are asked to visit schools:
If the school has low participation - less than 20% of students signed up to receive dental care
If the school is new and a visit will create more interest in the program
If the school has specifically requested that an Oral Health Educator make a visit to the school
Daily travel within Northern Indiana – within 60 mile radius
Available to work most days of the week during school hours (8AM-3PM) and up to 30 hours/week. Occasional evening and weekends for school events (ex: health fairs, back to school nights).
Able to lift 25 pounds
Valid driver license with reliable transportation
Background in health care, dental care or education a plus
Spanish speaking a plus/Associates degree preferred
Access to personal computer with ability to complete OHE reports (daily logs, mileage trackers, etc.)
Self-directed and organized
High energy and enthusiastic
Excellent communication and public speaking skills
Passionate about oral health and the services our program provides
Smile Programs Offers:
Unique work experience and flexible scheduling
$15/hr + possible bonus
Immediate part-time opportunities
Who We Are
Smile Programs is the nation's leading in-school dental program founded almost two decades ago by two moms, who happen to also be dentists. The founders saw a tremendous need among underserved school aged children who did not have easy access to dental care and who often suffered from poor oral hygiene, tooth decay, pain and associated medical problems. Knowing that many parents could not take their children to the dentist due to issues including time off from work and transportation challenges, they sought to bring the care to the need. Today, through its dental partners, Smile Programs provides preventative and restorative care to approximately 500,000 children per year.
Tooth decay is the most common, and preventable disease among children, more common than asthma. In fact, each year, over 51 million school hours are lost due to oral health related issues.
Smile Programs affiliates with state licensed dentists, hygienists and assistants who use state-of-the-art portable equipment to provide all services onsite, directly in the school or in a self-contained mobile dental facility on site at the school. If portable equipment is used, classrooms, auditoriums or other school venues are literally transformed into fully functional dental offices for the day. Our expertise, obtained through years of experience bringing mobile dental care to schools, as well as through our highly qualified staff, enables us to bring exceptional care with minimal disruption to the normal school routine.
Smile Programs is currently active in 20 states and has ongoing strategic partnerships with over 8,000 school districts, including 21 of the 25 largest school districts in the country.
Given the ongoing lack of access for many underserved children across the country, our services are in great demand and we are always looking for caring, compassionate professionals to join our team and play their part in making a difference in the lives of today's underserved children.
Rewarding Work. Competitive Compensation. Smile Programs.
Smile Programs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.
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CompanyIndiana Dental Outreach
CategoryOral Health Educator