States, communities receive fluoridation honors at National Oral Health Conference
St. Louis—Marking 65 years of community water fluoridation in the U.S., the ADA, the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors and the Centers for Disease Control and prevention honored more than 100 states and communities with 2009 Fluoridation Awards at the National Oral Health Conference April 27.
Fifteen communities were recognized with Community Fluoridation Initiative Awards for passing water fluoridation initiatives during the past year: Seward, Alaska; Fellsmere, Fla.; Big Canoe, Ga.; Greensburg, Ind.; Walker, La.; North East, Maryland; Dexter, Mich,; Kossuth Water Association, Fisher Ferry Water System and Alcorn State University, Miss.; Cobleskill, N.Y.; Cape Fear, N.C.; Stigler, Okla.; Sequin, Texas; and Poynette, Wis.
Another 25 communities received Fluoridation Reaffirmation Awards for defeating initiatives to discontinue fluoridation or approving initiatives to maintain fluoridation, including: Crescent City and Helix Water District, Calif.; Durango and Project 7 Water Treatment Plant, Colo.; Gainesville, Deland and Port Orange, Fla.; Sandpoint, Idaho; Vinton City, Iowa; Crowley, La.; Island Falls, Maine; Athol, Mass.; St. Roberts, Mo.; Plattsburg, N.Y.; Broad River Water Authority, N.C.; Pawhuska, Okla.; Pottstown, Pa.; Selmer, Shelbyville City and Union City, Tenn.; Newbury, Vt.; Timberville and Staunton, Va; Pasco, Wash.; and Clarksburg, W.Va.
California received a State Fluoridation Initiative Award for having the greatest increase in population receiving fluoridated water.
Alabama, Alaska, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts and North Dakota received State Fluoridation Quality Awards for maintaining the quality of fluoridation and optimal fluoride levels.
More than 70 water systems received Fifty Year Awards for achieving 50 years of continuous water fluoridation during the past calendar year. A complete list of recipients is available on the ADA Dental Society Services website.
Dr. Howard F. Pollick, a consultant to the National Fluoridation Advisory Committee and an ADA spokesperson on fluoridation, was honored with the Fluoridation Merit Award. Dr. Pollick, clinical professor in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences at the University of California San Francisco, has worked at the local, state, national and international level with a variety of organizations to promote water fluoridation.