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ADA named to Associations Advance America Honor Roll

Washington—The ADA's efforts to help dentists reach out to older adults and caregivers with important oral health resources and education has earned the Association a prestigious spot on the 2008 Associations Advance America Honor Roll.

The American Society of Association Executives honored the ADA for its innovative OralLongevity initiative. The ADA was one of only 15 associations to receive this honor.

The AAA awards program, now in its 18th year, recognizes associations that "propel America forward" with innovative projects in education, skills training, standards setting, business and social innovation, knowledge creation, citizenship and community service.

"This well-deserved award continues to see the ADA recognized by our peers as an organization that excels in vision and service to our membership and the public," said ADA President Mark J. Feldman. "Last year we were recognized as one of nine remarkable associations for over all excellence and now we are on the honor roll for our OralLongevity campaign."

OralLongevity—a cooperative effort between the ADA, the ADA Foundation and GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare—offers dentists, caregivers and consumers education information aimed at raising the awareness of oral health through a lifetime.

The initiative included a 56-page supplement, "Oral Health and an Aging Population," in the September 2007 Journal of the American Dental Association; the OralLongevity brochure and DVD sent to all ADA members with the September JADA; and a complete six-course continuing education track at the ADA's annual session in San Francisco Sept. 27-30.

The OralLongevity brochure and DVD are also available on ADA.org.

"The ADA's program truly embodies the spirit of the Associations Advance American campaign," said AAA Committee Chair Matthew D'Uva, president, Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals in Business International. "It is an honor and an inspiration to showcase this activity as an example of the many contributions associations are making to advance American society."

The ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations, the ADA Publishing Division, the Council on ADA Sessions, and the ADA Foundation partnered to bring the educational program to members through a grant from GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare.

"I'm sure all of our members share my pride in our accomplishments," added Dr. Feldman, "and I thank all of our volunteers and staff for their hard work and ongoing care for our great profession."