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Certificate for International Volunteer Service

The Certificate for International Volunteer Service recognizes ADA members who have volunteered in developing countries to improve the oral health and overall health of individuals.

Guidelines for Volunteer Service

The aim of the volunteer should be to improve the availability of health care on a continuing basis through activities that will have a lasting effect. It is suggested, therefore, that the volunteer:

  • make an effort to either do the following tasks themselves and/or train local personnel to do them: teach preventive procedures, perform emergency services and repair equipment;
  • encourage other dentists to go on follow-up visits;
  • be cautious

Certificate Criteria and Application

Applications for the Certificate of International Volunteer Service must be received by July 1, 2017. 

Submit a Nomination

Criteria for applying for and receiving the certificate include:

  • be an active, life, student or retired member of the American Dental Association;
  • have served in an international location with a program sponsored by a dental school or recognized nonprofit organization for a minimum of 14 days, either in one period or in several visits, in any 24-month period;
  • have provided clinical dental service and/or taught local dental personnel or assisted in training initiatives to improve the local oral healthcare infrastructure;
  • supply evidence of the dates of the service with a comprehensive, detailed breakdown of activities and the value of the contribution by means of a letter or testimonial from the director of the program or other appropriate official (for student members working in a dental school program this requirement shall be the responsibility of the dean or director of the outreach program);
  • be nominated by a component or constituent society, federal dental service or dental school;
  • be verified in writing to be a member in good standing by the component society, if such exists, or by the constituent society, commanding officer or dean of the dental school as appropriate.

Awarding of the Certificate

Nominations are reviewed by the Board of Trustees at their meeting in early August. Recipients will be announced within 30 days of the meeting and the certificates will be distributed to the recipient as requested in the online nomination form.  A certificate may be awarded to the same individual more than once.

2016 Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 2016 Award Recipients who have been recognized for their volunteer efforts.

Dr. John T. Baker, Texas
Dr. Brian Burseth, Illinois
Dr. Gregory Czarnecki, Michigan
Dr. Rushil Dang, Massachusetts
Dr. Gregg Dickinson, Wisconsin
Dr. Kevin Hardwick, Texas
Dr. Brian Hollander, Alaska
Dr. Gary Horn, Colorado
Dr. Brian Howe, Ohio
Dr. John Kanyusik, Minnesota
Dr. C. Neil Kay, Illinois
Dr. Thomas Laboe, Michigan
Dr. Jack Levine, Connecticut 
Dr. Richard Litchfield, Oregon
Dr. Frederick Melton, Washington
Dr. Robert Meyer, Colorado
Dr. Mark Ortinau, Illinois
Dr. Kaushal Patel, Massachusetts 
Dr. Janet Ruopp, Missouri
Dr. Patrick Ruopp, Missouri
Dr. Laurence A. Wynn, New York
Dr. Donald Zelazny, Michigan