For 2021, the ADA Board of Trustees shifted the award to highlight volunteer access to care programs within the U.S, with the change prioritizing sustainable programs that benefit communities stateside, not abroad. The award is now under the Council on Advocacy for Access & Prevention (CAAP).
The ADA Humanitarian Award has traditionally recognized dentist members who have distinguished themselves by giving a minimum of 10 years to improving the oral health of underserved populations in the U.S. and abroad.
The award will include a monetary component of $10,000 given to the dental charity/project of the recipient's choice. The ADA typically recognizes the award recipient at the ADA's annual meeting.
Congratulations to the 2021 ADA Humanitarian Award recipient Dr. Theresa Cheng. Read the ADA News cover story.
Previous Award Recipients
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- 2020 award recipient Dr. Loree Bolin
- 2019 award recipient Dr. Charles F. Craft
- 2018 award recipient Dr. T. Bob Davis
- 2017 award recipient Dr. Usa Bunnag
- 2016 award recipient Dr. Frank Andolino
- 2015 award recipient Dr. Francis G. Serio
- 2014 award recipient Dr. Raymond Damazo
- 2013 award recipient Dr. Sherwin Shinn
- 2012 award recipient Dr. Ronald Lamb
Any individual may nominate any active, life or retired ADA member in good standing by submitting a nomination for consideration by the Board of Trustees. A nominator is limited to one Humanitarian Award nomination per year.
The award will be given to a member who exemplifies humanitarian ideals and attributes by:
- Contributing significantly to alleviating human suffering and improving the quality of life and oral health of individuals both in the U.S. and abroad
- Demonstrating significant leadership and outstanding humanitarian volunteer accomplishments that bring honor to the profession
- Serving as an inspiration to the dental profession, colleagues, and those treated
- Showing through the scope of work undertaken a commitment to humanity and selflessness in regard to direct personal or organizational gain or profit
- Establishing a legacy and/or sustainable program that is of ongoing value and benefit to others
Submitting a Nomination
The following documentation must be submitted in electronic form with each nomination:
- Complete nomination information addressing the commitment (of at least 10 years) and extraordinary humanitarian services of the nominee and the ongoing legacy that will be left, taking into account specific actions employed, demonstrated leadership skills, knowledge, dedication and persistence used to improve the oral health prospects of the specific community(ies), the population group(s) served and the long term impact of these endeavors as indicated by the information requested
- A Curriculum Vitae/resumé highlighting the nominee's humanitarian contributions
- Three letters of support from specific individuals, who are not the nominator (if more than three letters are submitted, only the first three will be considered)
- One letter in support of the nominee from his/her state or local dental society
- Other essential supporting documentation to substantiate and fully present the character and achievement of the nominee at the discretion of the nominator. Testimonials, photographs, brochures, newsletters, etc. (CDs, DVDs, and Videos or excessive amounts of material will not be considered)
For more information, contact the ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention at CAAP@ada.org .
Please review the criteria and the list of requested information thoroughly before submitting the nomination to ensure completeness and attach nomination information, CV, letters of support and additional documentation. Nomination must be received by email and incomplete nominations will not be considered. All nominations become the property of the ADA, which may use them for any purpose including program promotion, information dissemination and professional education. Nominations will not be returned.
One Humanitarian Award will be given annually. The recipient must be a member of the American Dental Association. (The award is not intended for an individual who provides limited uncompensated services in the course of normal business or provides such services to an underserved population in the course of business for which they are compensated.)