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ADEA Advocacy Resources Continue to Expand

ADEA Advocacy and Government Relations (ADEA AGR) staff were busy in 2017 visiting Capitol Hill; attending meetings with key leaders in the new administration; monitoring the political environments in Washington, DC, the states and Canada; and developing curated resources for ADEA members:

  • ADEA participated in 16 sign-on letters and issued three memos addressing issues relevant to academic dentistry, such as health professions education, opioid prescribing, immigration, tax reform, Medicaid and dental benefits, and funding for NIH and HRSA.
  • ADEA AGR staff revised ADEA’s state-by-state chart on state legislation recently enacted and state rules and regulations pending or finalized regarding prescription drug and opioid abuse. This ADEA document is the sole resource available that compiles this information into one place.
  • ADEA’s Advocacy website includes “hot” issues pages (such as Loan Forgiveness Programs, Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse) as well as expanded information on federal, state and Canadian legislation.

ADEA Hosts First-ever Regional Summit on the Opioid Epidemic

On Aug. 30, ADEA cosponsored the Dental Schools Addiction Education Summit with the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for dental schools in HHS Regions III and IV. Dental school representatives from 17 dental schools in 11 states and the District of Columbia attended the meeting, alongside representatives from state agencies, federal agencies, and other health professions stakeholders. The plan is to continue the conversation with the dental schools located in SAMHSA Regions III and IV and share information with dental schools from other regions about ways the dental education community can be part of the solution to this crisis.


ADEA Joins With ADA to Form Joint Task Force on Licensure

In late 2016, the ADA Board of Trustees appointed members to serve on the Licensure Task Force for 2017 and invited ADEA to form the ADA/ADEA Joint Task Force on Licensure. The first meeting was held in January at the ADA Headquarters. The need for clear, understandable, evidence-based information to support national and state education efforts about licensure reform was repeatedly stressed. National dental organizations, state dental associations, state dental boards and state legislatures will need plain-language information and presentations on the need for licensure reform in the public’s interest.

In 2017, the task force was renamed the Task Force on Assessment of Readiness to Practice and expanded to include representatives from the American Student Dental Association. The charge is to eliminate the use of single-encounter, procedure-based examinations in patients as part of the licensure exam, and to increase the portability of licensure. The first meeting is scheduled for early 2018.


ADEA Launches ADEA CCI 2.0

The 2017 ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education (ADEA CCI) Liaisons Summer Meeting in June marked the initial engagement of CCI Liaisons in the relaunch of the ADEA CCI as ADEA CCI 2.0. ADEA CCI 2.0 is a multi-institutional faculty development program. During the interactive program, titled Change Is Here, CCI Liaisons assessed their own readiness for change and discussed the change process on theoretical and practical levels. They were provided the first of several ADEA CCI 2.0 tools being developed to promote and facilitate change at our dental schools. In addition, four articles related to CCI 2.0 activities were published in the Journal of Dental Education in 2017:


ADEA Continues Active Leadership Role in IPEC

ADEA continued advancing interprofessional education and collaborative practice through an active leadership role in the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC). In addition to Dr. Valachovic serving as IPEC’s Board Chair, ADEA also has a seat on the IPEC Planning Committee, which organizes and convenes two interprofessional faculty development institutes each year. In 2017, Jeffery Stewart, D.D.S., M.S., the ADEA staff member who is a member of this committee, led the planning for the 2017 Fall Institute.


The ADEAGies Foundation Continued Its Transformation

  • The ADEAGies Foundation installed a new Board of Trustees, which conducted its inaugural meeting in the spring.
  • The Foundation also launched a new Planned Giving Program, which includes a Legacy Society. William J. Gies, II, is the society’s Founding Member.
  • A formal case statement for the ADEAGies Foundation is in development and will be released in 2018.
  • The ADEAGies Foundation granted pilot program scholarships for six dental school deans to attend the 2017 Leader’s Roundtable of the Bell Leadership Institute (BLI). In 2017, Dr. Rick Workman, an ADEAGies Foundation Trustee and Founder and Executive Chairman of Heartland Dental, provided a second significant gift that will allow five dental school deans to attend the BLI in 2018.
  • The Foundation’s technology infrastructure has been updated to include a donor database and a mechanism allowing donations to be made online.

ADEA Continues Global Outreach and Leadership

  • ADEA and the Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) held a joint meeting in May, Shaping the Future of Dental Education. The two-day meeting, hosted by King’s College London, attracted over 280 delegates from nearly 50 countries.
  • The ADEA Board of Directors and ADEA senior staff travelled to Cuba in April to meet with individuals from dental education and practice, other health care providers, ministry of health, and ministry of education. The purpose was to learn how this country has tackled access to dental care and other issues with limited resources.
  • ADEA has been working with our 10 Canadian dental schools to include Canadian senior dental students in the ADEA Survey of Dental School Seniors, beginning in 2018.
  • ADEA is working with the Canadian Faculties of Dentistry to integrate them into ADEA AADSAS® for the 2020–21 application cycle, beginning in June 2020.
  • Plans are underway for the 2018 ADEA Fall Meetings in Toronto, which for the first time will take place in Canada.
  • ADEA became an affiliate member of the FDI World Dental Federation during its 2014 Congress in India, and has participated in subsequent meetings as an FDI member in Thailand, Poland and Spain. In the most recent FDI World Dental Congress in Spain, ADEA was involved in discussions about creating an FDI Section for Dental Educators.
  • ADEA is now a full member of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health and the CUGH Global Oral Health Interest Group.

ADEA Holds Second Leadership Institute Phase V Meeting

Seventeen alumni of the ADEA Leadership Institute participated in the second Phase V program in Palm Springs, CA, in January 2017. Rahaf Harfoush led participants through an exploration of Human-Centric Technology. Participants also discussed leadership from various perspectives and participated in peer coaching and team-building activities.

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