Healthy Smile Happy Child (HSHC) is a collaborative partnership that takes an upstream community development approach to engage communities in Early Childhood Caries (ECC) prevention strategies and promotion of early childhood oral health.
HSHC is guided by three fundamental principles:
- relationship building and community development
- oral health promotion
- research and development
The program is a partnership that includes Manitoba Health, University of Manitoba, Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Manitoba Dental Association, Manitoba Métis Federation, First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba, and the Regional Health Authorities in Manitoba.