The Chicago Dental Society congratulates Dr. Steven Geiermann, who received the Golden Toothbrush Award from Erie Family Health Center last week. Dr. Geiermann was honored for his life-long commitment to making oral health care accessible. Among other efforts, he guided Erie Family Health Center when it opened its first oral health center, and he remains active with its Oral Health Advisory Council.
Erie Family Health Center maintains three oral heath centers in Cook County, serving 9,000 patients. A fourth center will open this summer in Lake County.
“For those who know me, they know I often quote my sainted grandmother,” Dr. Geiermann told the crowd assembled for the Erie Family Health Center’s Annual Luncheon at the Four Seasons May 29. “She always said, ‘If you don’t ask, you don’t get.’ We know that only one in five people at Erie Family receive oral health care; they’ve asked, and we’re still working to get care to them. It’s for that reason that I complement Erie Family on its effort at prevention, such as when they counsel pregnant moms about how to take care of their babies’ teeth.”
Dr. Geiermann is a retired Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service whose resume also includes posts with the American Dental Association’s Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations, Chicago’s Public Health Department and Indian Health Service.
“My grandmother also said that accepting a gift honors the giver. I want to thank Erie Family Health Center for this honor,” Dr. Geiermann said.