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From elder care to special needs patients, innovation on display

Short descriptions don't do justice to the vision of the Institute for Diversity in Leadership dentists whose projects focus on key oral health needs in their communities. (For more details, contact Joe Martin at martinj@ada.org or Ext. 2597.)

Current Institute projects are under way with some expected to be completed by this fall; others are part of ongoing programs that will continue for many years to come:

  • Dr. Alejandro Aguirre, Plymouth, Minn.—Developing a mentoring program through which Minnesota dentists can help foreign-trained dentists adapt to practice in Minnesota as they move through the dental school's advance standing program, earn licenses and enter practice.
  • Dr. Keith Beasley, Vienna, Va.—Collaborating with families, dentists, churches and educators to increase the number of Northern Virginia dentists who treat special needs patients.
  • Dr. Oshmi Dutta, Portland, Ore.—Launching a Web site for dentists on the special challenges and decisions for successfully developing and leading multi-site practices.
  • Dr. Alex Gutierrez, Tampa, Fla.—Building an oral health education Web site for parents, teachers, teens and teachers in the Tampa area.
  • Dr. Lisa Jacob, Millinocket, Maine—Helping underserved communities benefit from National Health Services Corps programs for mentoring and repaying dental education loans.
  • Dr. Conrad Journee, Liberty, Mo.—Launching outreach project to county dentists to help increase access for low-income seniors by joining Missouri's Donated Dental Services program.
  • Dr. Marilyn Ketcham, Farmington, N.M.—Bringing together a college, regional medical center, nonprofit agency and dental society to improve access to dental care for severely handicapped individuals.
  • Dr. Sandeep Mammen, Bloomfield, Conn.—Communicating the mission of Connecticut's community health centers to the state's wider dental community, informing the state's dental students of career opportunities in the health centers and increasing access to care for those with limited or no access.
  • Dr. Karen Mays, Columbia, Mo.—Educating the community and dental professionals about the effects of methamphetamine abuse and encouraging strategies for prevention and early intervention.
  • Dr. Celia Mendoza, Montebello, Calif.—Designing an oral hygiene education program for elementary school children for lifelong health.
  • Dr. Karen Stewart, Ann Arbor, Mich.—Working with the public library systems to offer "stories-to-go" bags with books and DVDs on first dental visits, oral hygiene, dental conditions and dental careers.
  • Dr. Grace Su, New York, N.Y.—Piloting new dental outreach, education and access strategies from the New York University College of Dentistry for the city's Chinese immigrants.