Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders Sponsorship
The Shils Fund is proud to sponsor the Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders “Think Tank and Open Forum” Initiative. The Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders (AOHAB) is a not-for-profit community of distinguished leaders in dentistry, academia, medicine, and public health; patients and their advocates; and corporate partners committed to breaking down silos with the goal to improve global oral health. AOHAB’s “Think Tank and Open Forum” initiative draws upon its unique membership of industry leaders, many of whom are already known globally for notable accomplishments. In February 2021, the Shils Fund became the founding sponsor of the AOHAB “Think Tank and Open Forum” initiative for a period of two years.
In addition to sponsoring this initiative, two Shils Fund directors, Dr. Lois Cohen (Retired Consultant, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research) and Dr. Leslie Grant (Past President, National Dental Association), currently sit on the AOHAB “Think Tank and Open Forum” Advisory Board Committee.
“This collaboration provides an exciting opportunity to share and promote our common goals of supporting concepts and programs that advance innovation and entrepreneurship.”
Dr. Leslie Grant
Project WATCH & I-LEAD
The Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund, Inc. is proud to be a founding supporter of two programs, Project WATCH and I-LEAD, both of which are closely aligned with the Shils Fund aspirations for advancing entrepreneurial, social and educational programs that reach the underserved and have the potential to expand regionally and nationally.
(Institute for Leadership, Education, Advancement and Development, Inc) – Reading, PA
I-LEAD is a community-based nonprofit start-up charter school for grades 9 through 12. I-LEAD focuses on improving the quality of life for local citizens (mainly students) and in helping them develop as effective community leaders. Over 40% of the Reading, Pennsylvania youth (which includes a large Hispanic population) have not graduated from high school. The I-LEAD Charter School offers a second-chance option for the disengaged to continue in education, transition into adulthood and chart a course for a positive future.
I-LEAD’s three central goals include:
- Helping students develop leadership skills,
- Helping students master the information required for effective leadership and
- Assisting students in achieving community-based leadership initiatives.
The I-LEAD educational model connects book learning with success in the real world. There are small class sizes, mentoring and college preparatory curricula available. I-LEAD’s culture is designed to provide a safe learning environment and bring together students, parents, community and staff to help shape the school’s programs. The Charter School also caters to adults and offers opportunities in home health and dental assisting.
Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program
The Dr. Edward B Shils Entrepreneurial Fund, Inc. is proud to be a founding program donor of the Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program. By increasing Holocaust survivors’ access to oral care, the program seeks to significantly enhance their overall quality of life. The program is a shining example of the powerful impact of strategic collaboration across sectors.