Last year, the House of Delegates recognized that our organization’s steadily declining membership is a crisis which threatens the position of the American Dental Association as the universally recognized voice of dentistry.
In response, the HOD adopted resolutions 205 and 206, which established the Strategic Forecasting Committee as a new component of ADA governance.
The strategic forecasting committee is intended to give ADA decision-making — typically a slow and reactionary process — a more proactive and more creative posture. However, we should recognize that the strategic forecasting committee will not provide the solution to our membership crisis on its own. The committee will only be an innovative and powerful tool if it receives adequate support from ADA leadership. To adapt to the trends which are currently reshaping dentistry, the Board must prioritize strategic forecasting in our governance process. Implementing these changes will reestablish the ADA’s status as a must-join professional network for practitioners of all ages, backgrounds and practice types.
As second vice president and a member of the Board of Trustees, I will give my all in our collective effort to reverse the ADA’s decline in membership and restore its ability to champion the interests of both its members and our patients. If elected, I will assist Dr. Linda Edgar, D.D.S., to ensure the prompt implementation of strategic forecasting, that it is used in diligent and effective manner and consider all proposed solutions to our membership crisis with an open mind.