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ADEA Launches Leadership Institute Phase V Program

In January 2016, the inaugural Leadership Institute Phase V program was held at the Turnberry Isle Resort in Aventura, FL. The program offered a blend of structured learning, social time and networking activities, including peer coaching. Twenty ADEA Leadership Institute alumni attended the meeting. As an annual program offered to all Leadership Institute alumni, Phase V will provide an exclusive, thought-provoking, interactive experience to help participants take their professional and personal abilities to the next level, and together shape the future of dental education and dentistry.

ADEA Helps Members Address Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse—Releases State-by-State Summary of Legislation and Regulations

During a joint meeting of the ADEA Board of Directors and Advisory Committees in September, a session titled “Framing the Policy Conversation on the Opioid Crisis” featured an in-depth, interactive conversation regarding the prescription drug abuse and opioid crisis in America. At the conclusion of the meeting, participants decided that to determine next steps for academic dentistry, it would be helpful to have a state-by-state compilation of legislation, rules and regulations pending or promulgated to address the crisis. ADEA staff conducted this extensive review and analysis, and the resulting chart, the only one of its kind, was released in December.

ADEA Advocacy Resources Continue to Expand

The successful ADEA Advocacy Website, launched in 2015, added a new feature in 2016: the ADEA Day Book. This web page provides up-to-the-minute information regarding congressional hearings and briefings, federal agency meetings and webinars and policy conferences that may be of interest to dental educators. Additionally, ADEA issued nine policy letters and memos in 2016. As we move into 2017 with a new administration in the White House, ADEA will continue to provide these valuable services to members by monitoring, analyzing and offering guidance on national and state-level issues of interest to dental educators.

Health Affairs Publishes First-Ever Issue on Oral Health—ADEA Serves as Founding Sponsor

The leading health policy journal, Health Affairs, published the first-ever issue dedicated entirely to oral health in December 2016. ADEA was a founding sponsor of the issue, and was recognized at a Washington, DC, launch event at the St. Regis Hotel. ADEA members have access to two abstracts and two full articles until June 2017 in recognition of our role.

ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education Begins New Era

For over a decade, the ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education (ADEA CCI) has been effecting change in dental education. In 2016 the ADEA Board of Directors determined there had been immense success as a result of the Commission’s work since 2005, and it was the appropriate time to renew ADEA’s commitment to change and innovation in dental education. A newly formed ADEA CCI Steering Committee met for the first time in September 2016, and ADEA CCI 2.0 is now underway. A guest editorial authored by Dr. Cecile Feldman, Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors, and Dr. Richard Valachovic, ADEA President and CEO, explains the idea behind ADEA CCI 2.0.

ADEA Moves Forward With Re-envisioning the ADEAGies Foundation

In 2016, ADEA began implementing its multi-year plan to re-envision the ADEAGies Foundation, including expanding its profile as the philanthropic arm of ADEA and as a grantmaking foundation. A new Board of Trustees was installed, with Leo E. Rouse, D.D.S., FACP, as Chair. ADEA has also developed a clear definition of the Foundation’s role independent of ADEA, funding competitive programs that create innovations in dental education and research. The Foundation also received a first-of-its-kind significant gift from Dr. Rick Workman, an ADEAGies Foundation Trustee and Founder and Executive Chairman of Heartland Dental. Dr. Workman’s gift will send six dental school deans to the 2017 Leader’s Roundtable of the Bell Leadership Institute.


ADEA Continues Global Outreach

  • ADEA Membership: Looking North
    ADEA has been focusing on renewed efforts to collaborate closely with our 10 Canadian dental school members in an effort to more fully engage the entire North American dental education community. On November 6–7, ADEA staff members and Dr. Monty MacNeil, ADEA Board Director for Deans, met in Montréal with six Canadian deans, three Canadian dean alternates, and five Board Members of the Association des Facultés Dentaires du Canada. The goals were to 1) engage the dental schools in meaningful discussions of the issues they face, 2) provide an overview of the ADEA member services and programs most relevant to them, and 3) offer unique Association engagement opportunities moving forward.
  • ADEA Signs MOU With the Japanese Dental Education Association
    ADEA entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with our sister association in Japan, the Japanese Dental Education Association (JDEA) in 2016. The JDEA represents all 29 Japanese dental schools, and we look forward to sharing our collective expertise and developing joint initiatives to advance the mission, vision and objectives of each organization.
  • ADEA/ADEE Collaboration Prepares to Shape the Future of Dental Education
    For the past two years, ADEA has been working with staff from the Association of Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) to plan a two-day conference in London in May 2017. Registration for Shaping the Future of Dental Education opened in December. The program offers highly interactive small group sessions, with each group developing a position paper on one of the four meeting themes: Global networking, interprofessional education, the impact of new technological and scientific discoveries on traditional dental education, and assessment in a global context.


ADEA Continues Leadership Role in Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC)

Five new associations joined the nation’s leading advocacy organization for team-based care. IPEC, of which ADEA President and CEO Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H., serves as President, approved five additional members through a new institutional membership category, expanding its representation of associations of schools of the health professions to 20. The newest members of IPEC include the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries, Association of Chiropractic Colleges, and National League for Nursing.

ADEA also plays an active role on the IPEC Planning Committee, which convenes two interprofessional faculty development institutes each year. The 2016 Fall IPEC Institute occurred on October 5–8, 2016 in Herndon, VA. The ADEA staff member on the IPEC Planning Committee will lead the Committee in developing the 2017 IPEC Institute.

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