Pulaski County, Va.—Dr. Carole Pratt, who practiced general dentistry in rural Virginia, is going to Washington, D.C. as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow “thrilled for the opportunity to learn about the policy-making side of improving health care access.”
Ft. Detrick, Md.—Dr. Robert Vandre didn’t start out wanting to be a dentist, but a series of fortuitous steps led him from physics to dentistry to directing the Army’s Combat Casualty Care Research and transforming the way wounded soldiers are treated.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is looking for general dentists in New York, California, Louisiana and Tennessee to participate in focus group research related to the Medicaid electronic health record incentive program.
Joplin, Mo.—By Missouri Dental Association estimates “essentially half of this city’s dental community has been affected” by the deadliest U.S. tornado in 60 years. “This is very devastating for the dental community and the entire surrounding area and city of Joplin,” said MDA Executive Director Vicki Wilbers.
Wells Fargo Practice Finance, the only practice finance company endorsed by ADA Business Resources, is sponsoring a Practice Survival Workshop to help dentists with concerns about maintaining a healthy cash flow in today’s challenging economy.
Las Vegas—Dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, office managers, exhibitors, spouses and friends traveling to Annual Session in October can make a difference in the lives of developmentally challenged individuals or families in crisis by donating to a service project sponsored by the Alliance of the ADA.
San Francisco—Planners of the 2012 National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence are seeking abstracts from dentists, as well as other health professionals, health policymakers, victim advocates and others.
The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs has approved for circulation, review and comment Proposed ADA Specification No. 139 for Dental Base Polymers. This standard classifies denture base polymers and copolymers and specifies their requirements. It also specifies the test methods to be used in determining compliance with these requirements.