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ADA House OKs AI/AN strategic workgroup

San Antonio—The 2008 ADA House of Delegates passed Resolution 27H-2008 last month at annual session, which directs the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations, in cooperation with other appropriate agencies, to continue to coordinate semi-annual meetings of the American Indian/Alaska Native Strategic Workgroup.

The AI/AN Strategic Workgroup was one outcome of the AI/AN Oral Health Access Summit, convened by the ADA, Nov. 12-14, 2007, in Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M.

"The workgroup's vision is to increase access to oral health care, reduce oral health disparities, improve prevention of oral disease and foster collaboration through effective advocacy, research, policies and programs at the local, regional and national levels," said Gary D. Podschun, CAPIR manager, Community Outreach and Cultural Competence. "The workgroup's mission is to coordinate, facilitate and communicate the implementation of strategies of the AI/AN Oral Health Access Summit action teams and other stakeholders."

The "Future Search" meeting model that was used for the AI/AN Summit will also be the format for the Access to Care Summit scheduled for March 2009, added Mr. Podschun.

For more information, contact Mr. Podschun by calling toll-free, Ext. 7487.