In founding Unspoken Smiles Foundation, Jean Paul Laurent never intended to engage in simple philanthropy. Instead, he wanted to use the shocking gap in dental care as a model of sustainable growth. Starting with the most remote communities in rural Haiti, Jean Paul has adopted a three-prong strategy to address this: education, treatment, and empowerment.
Jean Paul 's excellent communication skills, positive outlook, and pleasing personality enhance his natural leadership qualities. His willingness to accept challenges and listen to input enable him to contribute thoughtfully with well-reasoned approaches to helping solve some of the world’s most difficult problems by promoting the UN Sustainable Development Goals through his foundation.
His professional career spans oral health and social issues in community development, social entrepreneurship, policy advising, higher education, finance, and non-profit management. Jean Paul holds an Executive Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. For fun, you can often find him at a ballroom dance competition.
Regarding our interview, Jean Paul says, "In low-income, underserved communities tooth decay is widespread affecting nearly 44% half of the world's population. I'd like to discuss and showcase how the Unspoken Smiles Foundation is using public private partnership to tackle the global oral health challenges taking into consideration each country's environment, and culture. This is an exciting topic giving that right here in America many communities are dealing with the same issues while we have some of the world's top doctors right in our backyard."
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