Announcing The “Nuestros Niños” Contest

HDA Kicks-off Hispanic Heritage Month by Launching the Nuestros Niños Contest 

Students and Faculty Advisors are invited to help address oral health care issues with the HDA and Colgate.  

WASHINGTON, DC., September 15, 2014 — The Hispanic Dental Association launches Nuestros Niños today, a Colgate-sponsored contest through Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA) Chapters to address oral health care issues with Hispanic children under 6 years old. Students are invited to develop a creative program, tool or educational instrument based on Design Thinking methodology, that educates on the importance of dental care, good oral hygiene habits and dietary advice. Mothers of the children are to be involved in the testing and refinement of the program.

HSDA Chapters will submit their final ideas to Colgate by January 31, 2015 for consideration. The submission should include a written report detailing the idea, how is was developed, how the prototypes were tested, feedback on the initial prototypes how the feedback was incorporated into the final idea, why this will address the challenge successfully and a video on the use of prototypes and testing.

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel consisting of HDA members and Colgate employees and be evaluated on the following criteria; 1) the idea successfully addresses the challenge of increasing the engagement of Hispanic mothers in the oral health of their children, and 2) the idea is innovative, cost-effective with the ability to be implemented in Hispanic communities.

Winning Chapters will receive; 1st – $1,000 and a trip to the Colgate Technology Center (max 11), 2nd – $1,000, 3rd – $750.

RULES: Nuestros Niños Contest is open only to students at dental schools with Hispanic Student Dental Association chapters who are at least 18 years of age at the date of entry, as well as faculty mentor who will be considered the “Entrant.” Contest starts on August 22, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. ET and ends on January 31, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET. For entry and Official Rules visit click here. Total ARV of all prizes: $24,750. Odds of winning dependent on the number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited. Sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive Company, 300 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022. 

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