Disaster Response (Medical Surge Capacity)
The ADA works closely with federal public health agencies, state dental programs and other public health leaders to ensure dental personnel (and facilities) are not overlooked or underutilized during mass casualty events. These efforts include:
- Ensuring public health and medical response plans include an appropriate role for dentists;
- Promoting advanced training opportunities to help dentists and dental staff become more effective responders, including service in an all-volunteer national medical reserve corps;
- Ensuring dental schools are eligible to receive federal funds to train public health and medical response workers;
- Waiving or reciprocating state licensure requirements for health professionals traveling across state lines during a federally declared disaster or public health emergency; and
- Securing immunity from civil actions—except in cases of willful misconduct—for the good faith treatment of disaster victims.
Letters & Testimony
- March 15, 2013—Press release on passage of H.R. 307, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act of 2013.
- June 15, 2012—Coalition letter (PDF) urging the House conference committee to retain the dental provisions in H.R. 2405, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2011.
- June 15, 2012—Coalition letter (PDF) urging the Senate conference committee to retain the dental provisions in S. 1855, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act Reauthorization of 2011.
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