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ADA urges member spouses to join Alliance

December 14, 2015

By Michelle Manchir

Washington — The ADA House of Delegates in November passed two resolutions related to the Alliance of the American Dental Association, encouraging membership in the volunteer organization.
The mission of the Alliance is to be a support community for its members and for the ADA through public education and outreach. It is made up primarily of spouses of active, life, retired or deceased ADA members.
The ADA House of Delegates passed Res. 2H-2015, Recognition of the American Dental Association, and Res. 3H-2015, Periodic Reporting of Activities of the Alliance of the American Dental Association, in November at ADA 2015 — America's Dental Meeting.
Res. 2H-2015 recognizes the Alliance of the ADA and also urges all spouses of ADA members to become members of the Alliance. It also urges the Alliance not to adopt any provision in its constitution and bylaws that are in conflict with the ADA constitution and bylaws.
Meanwhile, Res. 3H-2015 urges "appropriate ADA agencies" to periodically report on the philanthropic and advocacy activities of the Alliance.
The Alliance regularly initiates service projects and dental health education programs. In 2013, for example, it launched Healthy Smiles from the Start, a multifaceted prenatal and postnatal dental health care education program packed with important oral health care information targeting new moms and infant caregivers.
Since then, Healthy Smiles from the Start kits, which are available in English and Spanish, have been distributed in 31 states. Volunteers have also distributed them on mission trips to Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and Cuba.
For more information about Alliance membership or the Healthy Smiles from the Start kit, call the Alliance central office, 1-800-621-8099, Ext. 2865, email AADA@AllianceADA.org or visit AllianceADA.org.