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ADA council gets renamed

House of Delegates approves newly titled Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention

November 01, 2016

Legislative leader: The resolution to change the name of the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations to the Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention came under the authority of the reference committee on Legislative, Health, Governance and Related Matters. Dr. Carol Morrow, chair, listens to discussion on a different matter during the committee's hearing on Oct. 22 during ADA 2016 – America's Dental Meeting. Dr. Loren Feldner sits to her left.
Denver — The ADA House of Delegates has changed the name of the Association's Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations to the Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention.

The House approved Resolution 77H:2016 here during ADA 2016 — America's Dental Meeting.

"Interprofessional Relations, as reflected by the 2017 budget, is now an association-wide endeavor, so the council felt it was not appropriate for it to be included in the council name," said Dr. Andrew Soderstrom, chair of the Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention. "The new name reflects our primary focus of advocacy for new or improved access programs and the promotion of community prevention strategies."

To be sure, the council's relationships with other allied health organizations regarding access and prevention will continue.

"We envision the collaborative interprofessional relations strategy as a win-win-win for the ADA, its members and the communities we serve," he said.

Last year, the council identified Action for Dental Health areas to focus on, including community dental health coordinator programs, emergency department referral programs, monitoring and supporting community water fluoridation and reducing the administrative burden related to Medicaid.

Additionally, the council will continue to support medical/dental collaboration, encourage public/private collaboration between private dentists and federally qualified health centers and explore ways to promote geriatric oral health, according to Dr. Soderstrom.

For more information on Action for Dental Health, a community-based ADA initiative that aims to help all Americans attain their best oral health, visit ADA.org/Action.