Twenty years ago, the Alexander Eastman Foundation began funding the development of a school dental health program.
It began with two pilot schools in Derry and Londonderry. Today, the program serves all elementary schools in Derry, Londonderry, Chester, Sandown, Hampstead and Windham, and is known as the Children’s Dental Network.
Much of the program’s success can be attributed to the hard work and innovation of the executive director Hope Saltmarsh. She has been with the program since the beginning.
During the annual AEF meeting on March 13, Saltmarsh was recognized for her 20 years of service and dedication with a plaque presented by Dr. John P. Ahern, chairman of the AEF Board of Trustees.
Saltmarsh has worked closely with Ahern and other local dentists, school nurses and community members to develop and maintain the program’s success.
This comprehensive oral health program offers dental screenings by volunteer dentists, in-school preventive treatments by CDN hygienists and classroom oral health education for Pre K-grade 5. The program also includes visits to Headstart, WIC and six middle schools.
Although Saltmarsh remains humble about the impact she has made in the dental community,
She is most grateful for the continued sponsorship provided by the Alexander Eastman Foundation.
Learn more at ChildrensDentalNetwork.org