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Current Councils and Commissions

Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention Council on Communications
Council on Dental Benefit Programs
Council on Dental Education and Licensure
Council on Dental Practice 
Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs
Council on Government Affairs Council on Membership
Council on Members Insurance and Retirement Programs Council on Scientific Affairs
Advisory Committee on Annual Meetings
American Dental Political Action Committee
Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition
Commission on Dental Accreditation
Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards
New Dentist Committee

 

American Dental Political Action Committee

Dr. David Watson, South Carolina, chair
Meeting dates: January 9-12, 2020; July 17-19, 2020

Mission Statement:

The American Dental Political Action Committee (ADPAC) is the political arm of the American Dental Association. Its mission is to educate dentists about the importance of political action and to help elect candidates for congressional office who understand and are supportive of issues of importance to dentists and their patients.

ADPAC provides financial assistance on a bipartisan basis to congressional candidates, oversees a grassroots network of activist dentists, provides political education opportunities for member dentists, works closely with state dental political action committees, and encourages dentists to participate in an array of political campaigns and activities.

While not a lobbying organization, ADPAC's focus on political action and involvement complements the legislative efforts of the Association on the national level and coordinates its activities with the ADA Council on Governmental Affairs and the ADA Leadership.

Learn more about ADPAC

Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition

Dr. Susan Reed, South Carolina, chair
Meeting Dates: April 23–24, 2020; October 1-2, 2020

Mission: 
The Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition serves the public, the dental profession, and other healthcare providers by developing and implementing standards that promote excellence in continuing dental education to support professional competence and continuous improvement of patient care.

CCEPR fulfills its mission by:

  • Establishing standards and criteria for the recognition of continuing dental education providers
  • Recognizing providers of continuing dental education through a voluntary, self-regulated, peer-review process
  • Promoting quality improvement of continuing dental education standards and recognized providers

Visit CCEPR.org for meeting reports and minutes.

Commission on Dental Accreditation

Dr. Arthur C. Jee, Maryland, chair

Meeting Dates: January 30-31, 2020; August 5-7, 2020

Mission Statement: The Commission on Dental Accreditation serves the public and profession by developing and implementing accreditation standards that promote and monitor the continuous quality and improvement of dental education programs.

Visit CODA.org for meeting reports and minutes.

New Dentist Committee

Dr. Emily Mattingly, Missouri, chair
Ms. Tera Lavick, ADA Staff Contact
Meeting Dates: February 7-8, 2020; June 19-20, 2020; October 15, 2020 (Orlando)

Mission Statement:

The Mission of the ADA New Dentist Committee is to serve as the voice of the new dentist within the American Dental Association, representing new dentists' views to the ADA Board of Trustees and other agencies; to monitor and anticipate new dentist needs and advocate for the development of member benefits, services, and resources to facilitate professional and practice success; and to foster the next generation of leadership within organized dentistry by building community and facilitating new dentist leadership development at all three levels of the tripartite.

Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention

Dr. Richard Stevenson, Florida, Chair
Meeting Dates: January 9-11, 2020; July 9–11, 2020

Vision:

To be the leading advocate for optimal oral health for all across the lifespan.

Mission Statement:

To serve the public and the profession by developing and advocating strategies to promote optimal oral health for all through access and prevention.

Accomplished through:

  • recommending policies
  • developing resources and programs
  • providing technical assistance
  • maintaining liaison and collaborating with a wide variety of partners

Advisory Committee on Annual Meetings

Dr. Chad P. Gehani, New York, chair
Dr. Howard I.A. Lieb, New York, general chair, 201718
Ms. Glynis P. Massey, ADA Staff Contact
Meeting Dates: February 28–March 3, 2018 (Honolulu); May 23–26, 2018

    Mission Statement:

    The Advisory Committee on Annual Meetings holds the primary responsibility to create and continuously improve every aspect of the ADA annual meeting, to attain and maintain the stature of being the premier meeting in the worldwide dental community. 

    Council on Communications

    Dr. Sarah Tevis Poteet, Texas, chair
    Ms. Ivy Woods, ADA Staff Contact
    Meeting Dates: March 13-14, 2020; August 14-15, 2020

    Mission Statement:

    The Council on Communications is the primary ADA agency responsible for advising on reputation management, providing strategic oversight and advising the Association on the image and brand implications of Association plans, programs, services and activities. Further, this Council shall advise the Association regarding integrated and strategic communications plans and policies between itself, the public, members and the profession.

    Council on Dental Benefit Programs

    Dr. Randall Markarian, chair
    Ms. Joan Feifar, ADA Staff Contact
    Meeting Dates: April 30-May 1, 2020; November 5-6, 2020

    Mission Statement:

    The Council on Dental Benefit Programs is the ADA agency dedicated to promoting quality dental care through the development, promotion and monitoring of the dental benefit programs for the public, and by development and maintenance of dental coding systems and quality assessment and improvement tools and methodologies.

    Council on Dental Education and Licensure

    Dr. Linda C. Niessen, Florida, chair
    Ms. Karen Hart, ADA Staff Contact
    Meeting Dates: January 16-17, 2020 and June 18-19, 2020

    The CDEL, through its tripartite representative structure (ADA, ADEA, AADB), fulfills its responsibilities by:

    1. monitoring and disseminating information on dental education and licensure issues,
    2. conducting studies and providing recommendations to the ADA's policy-making bodies on these matters,
    3. serving as liaison to related organizations which also serve dental education and licensure and
    4. implementing the directions of the Board of Trustees and the House of Delegates of the ADA.

    Council on Dental Practice

    Dr. Rudolph "Rudy" Liddell, Florida, chair
    Ms. GraceAnn Pastorelli, ADA Staff Contact
    Meeting Dates:
    May  7-8, 2020 and November 20-21, 2020

    Mission Statement:

    The mission of the Council on Dental Practice is to recommend policies and provide resources to empower our members to continue development of the dental practice, and to enhance their personal and professional lives for the betterment of the dental team and the patients they serve.

    Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs

    Dr. Michael Kurkowski, Minnesota, chair
    Mr. Earl Sewell, ADA Staff Contact
    Meeting Dates: March 26-27, 2020, July 24-25, 2020

    Mission Statement:

    The Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs (CEBJA) is the ADA agency dedicated to enhancing the ethical conscience of dentists by promoting the highest moral, ethical and professional standards in the provision of dental care to the public.

    Council on Government Affairs

    Dr. Phillip Fijal, Illinois, chair
    Mr. Christian Miller, ADA Staff Contact
    Meeting Dates: August 1-3, 2019 (Washington, D.C.); January 23-25, 2020 (Washington, D.C.); August 13-15, 2020 (Washington, D.C.)

    Mission Statement:

    The Council on Government Affairs recommends policies related to legislative and regulatory issues, including the formulation of proposed federal legislation. The council also disseminates information to assist constituent and component societies on state legislative and regulatory matters. The CGA is the Association's liaison with agencies of the federal government, especially those agencies that employ dental personnel.

    Council on Membership

    Dr. Jay Freedman, Pennsylvania, chair
    Ms. Liz Bronson, ADA Staff Contact
    Meeting Dates: February 1-2, 2020; June 27-28, 2020

    Mission Statement:

    The Council on Membership is the ADA agency composed of volunteer dentists whose responsibility is to monitor membership trends; to collect information to assess members' needs in order to facilitate the analysis and transfer of this information throughout the Association; to encourage the development and promotion of member benefits in order to maintain high levels of membership; and, to increase membership, preserving the ADA's place as the unified voice of dentistry.

    Council on Members Insurance and Retirement Programs

    Dr. Jon Johnston, chair
    Ms. Rita Tiernan, ADA Staff Contact
    Meeting Dates: March 19, 2020 (new member orientation); March 21, 2020; August 28, 2020

    Mission Statement:

    The Council on Members Insurance and Retirement Programs is the agency of the American Dental Association whose purpose is to enhance the value of ADA membership by overseeing the sponsored insurance and endorsed retirement programs and by aiding dentists in the management of their personal and professional risks through educational activities, informational programs and services.

    Council on Scientific Affairs

    Dr. Mia Geisinger, Alabama, chair
    Mr. James Lyznicki, ADA Staff Contact
    Meeting Dates: Jan. 27-28, 2020; June 24-25, 2020

    Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations

    Dr. Cataldo Leone, Massachusetts, chair
    Ms. Sara Green, ADA Staff Contact
    Meeting Date: June 23, 2020

    Mission Statement:

    The purposes of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations are:

    1. To provide and conduct written examinations, exclusive of clinical demonstrations, for the purpose of assisting state boards in determining qualifications of dentists who seek licensure to practice in any state, district or dependency of the United States, which recognizes the National Board Examinations, here and after referred to as National Board Dental Examinations.
    2. To provide and conduct written examinations, exclusive of clinical demonstrations, for the purpose of assisting state boards in determining qualifications of dental hygienists who seek licensure to practice in any state, district or dependency of the United States, which recognizes the National Board Examinations, here and after referred to as the National Board Dental Hygiene Examinations.
    3. To make rules and regulations for the conduct of National Board Dental and Dental Hygiene Examinations and for the issuance of National Board Dental and Dental Hygiene Certificates.
    4. To serve as a resource for the dental profession in the development of written examinations.

    Visit JCNDE.org for meeting reports.

    National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards

    Dr. James Boyle III, Pennsylvania, chair 
    Ms. Catherine Baumann, ADA Staff Contact
    Meeting Date: March 2-3, 2020

    NCRDSCB will be guided with a list of principles that include:

    • The process must be grounded in objective standards that protect the public, nurture the art and science of dentistry and improve the quality of care.
    • The process must serve to reduce potential bias or conflicts of interest, or the perception of bias or conflicts of interest, in the decision-making process.
    • The process must include multiple steps, including provisions for appeal.

    Visit NCRDSCB.org for meeting reports and minutes.