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Current Councils, Commissions and Committees

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

 

Councils

Each council has the following duties with respect to the subject matters (areas of responsibilities) for which each council is responsible:

  • Define, develop and oversee programming and projects that support and advance the strategic plan of the Association;
  • Consider and investigate emerging issues;
  • Respond to directives received from the House of Delegates or the Board of Trustees;
  • Propose new policies and rescission of and amendments to existing policies for consideration by the House of Delegates; and
  • Collaborate with external and internal agencies, upon direction or approval of the ADA President, on initiatives or issues that are within the responsibility of the council and communicate appropriate information to the Association membership.

Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention

Dr. Richard Stevenson, Florida, Chair
Dr. Jane Grover, ADA Staff Contact
Meeting Dates: January 9-11, 2020; July 9–11, 2020

Areas of subject matter responsibility:

  • Oral health literacy;
  • Oral disease prevention and intervention;
  • Access to oral healthcare; and
  • Community oral health advocacy.

Council on Communications

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

Areas of subject matter responsibility:

  • Advise on the management of the Association’s reputation;
  • Develop, recommend and maintain ADA strategic communications plans;
  • Advise ADA agencies on branding;
  • Advise on prioritization and allocation of communications resources; and
  • Advise on communications and marketing for constituents and components, upon request.

Council on Dental Benefit Programs

Dr. Randall Markarian, chair
Ms. Joan Feifar, ADA Staff Contact
Meeting Dates: May 13-14, 2021; November 11-12, 2021; May 5-6, 2022; November 17-18, 2022

Areas of subject matter responsibility:

  • Administration and financing of all dental benefit programs including both commercial and public programs;
  • Dental Quality Alliance;
  • Monitoring of quality reporting activities of third party payers;
  • Peer review programs;
  • Code sets and code taxonomies including but not limited to procedure and diagnostic codes;
  • Electronic and paper dental claim content and completion instructions; and
  • Standards pertaining to the capture and exchange of information used in dental benefit plan administration and reimbursement for services rendered.

Council on Dental Education and Licensure

Dr. Jacqueline Plemons, Texas, chair
Ms. Karen Hart, ADA Staff Contact
Meeting Dates: January 21-22, 2021 and June 10-11, 2021

Areas of subject matter responsibility:

  • Dental, advanced dental and allied dental education and accreditation;
  • Recognition of dental specialties and interest areas in general dentistry;
  • Dental anesthesiology and sedation;
  • Dental admission testing;
  • Licensure;
  • Certifying boards and credentialing for specialists and allied dental personnel; and
  • Continuing dental education.

Council on Dental Practice

Dr. Duc "Duke" Ho, Texas, chair
Ms. GraceAnn Pastorelli, ADA Staff Contact
Meeting Dates:
November 20-21, 2020 and May 6-8, 2021

Areas of subject matter responsibility:

  • Dental practice, including:
    • Dental practice management;
    • Practice models and economics;
    • Scope of practice;
    • Impact of and compliance with regulatory mandates; and
    • Assessment of initiatives directed to the public and the profession;
  • Allied dental personnel, including:
    • Utilization, management and employment practices; and
    • Liaison relationships with organizations representing allied dental personnel;
  • Dentist health and wellness, including:
    • Dental professional well-being, wellness and ergonomics;
    • Patient safety and wellness; and
    • Liaison relationships with state well-being programs and related national organizations;
  • Dental informatics and standards for electronic technologies; and
  • Activities and resources directed to the success of the dental practice and the member.

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

Areas of subject matter responsibility:

  • Ethics and professionalism, including disciplinary matters relating thereto;
  • The governing documents of this Association, including:
    • Review of the constitutions and bylaws of constituents and components to ensure consistency with the Association’s Bylaws; and
    • To correct punctuation, grammar, spelling and syntax, change names and gender references and delete moot, and to correct article, chapter and section designations, punctuation, and cross references and to make such other technical and conforming revisions as may be necessary to reflect the intent of the House in connection with amendments to the Association’s Bylaws, Governance Manual, Manual of the House of Delegates, Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct and Current Policies where such revisions do not alter the material’s context or meaning upon the unanimous vote of the Council members present and voting; and
    • To report to the House of Delegates any corrections made to the governing documents of the Association pursuant to subsection ii. of this section of the Governance Manual; and
  • Hold hearings and render decisions in disputes arising between constituents or between a constituent and component.

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 14-15, 2020 (Virtual)

Areas of subject matter responsibility:

  • Encourage the improvement of the health of the public and to promote the art and science of dentistry in matters of legislation and regulations by appropriate activities;
  • Formulate and recommend legislation, regulatory activity, policies and governmental programs relating to dentistry and oral health for submission to Congress;
  • Serve and assist as liaison with those agencies of the federal government which employ dental personnel or have dental care programs, and formulate polices which are designed to advance the professional status of federally employed dentists; and
  • Disseminate information which will assist the constituents and components involving legislation and regulation affecting the dental health of the public.

Council on Membership

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

Areas of subject matter responsibility:

  • Membership recruitment and retention and related issues;
  • Monitor and provide support and assistance for the membership activities of constituents and components; and
  • Membership benefits and services

Council on Members Insurance and Retirement Programs

Dr. Jon Johnston, chair
Ms. Rita Tiernan, ADA Staff Contact
Meeting Dates: March 2, 2019 (new member orientation); April 30 and May 8, 2020; August 27-28, 2020

Areas of subject matter responsibility:

  • Insurance and retirement plan products and resources; and
  • Risk management education programs and resources.

Council on Scientific Affairs

Dr. Mia Geisinger, Alabama, chair
Ms. Hillary DeLong, ADA Staff Contact
Meeting Dates: Jan. 27-28, 2020; June 24-25, 2020

Areas of subject matter responsibility:

  • Science and scientific research, including:
    • Evidence-based dentistry;
    • Evaluation of professional products;
    • Identification of intramural and extramural priorities for dental research every three years; and
    • Promotion of student involvement in dental research;
  • Scientific aspects of the dental practice environment related to the health of the public, dentists and allied health personnel;
  • Standards development for dental products;
  • The safety and efficacy of concepts, procedures and techniques for use in the treatment of patients;
  • Liaison relationships with scientific regulatory, research and professional organizations and science related agencies of professional healthcare organizations; and
  • The ADA Seal of Acceptance program.

Commissions

Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations

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

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

The National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards serves the public and the profession by providing transparent and objective review of the recognized specialty organizations, prospective specialty organizations, their respective certifying boards and their adherence to the ADA Requirements for Recognition of Dental Specialties and National Certifying Boards for Dental Specialists.

Visit NCRDSCB.org for meeting reports and minutes.

Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition

Dr. Susan Reed, South Carolina, chair
Ms. Mary Borysewicz, ADA Staff Contact
Meeting Dates: April 23–24, 2020; October 1-2, 2020

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. Jeffery L. Hicks, Texas, chair

Meeting Dates: February 11-12, 2021; August 5-6, 2021

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.

Committees

American Dental Political Action Committee

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

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

Advisory Committee on Annual Meetings

The Committee on Annual Meetings provides meeting oversight toward generating non-dues revenue and advises the Board on matters relating to the Committee’s duties.

Dr. George Shepley, Maryland, chair
Dr. Charles McKelvey, California, annual meeting chair, 2020–21
Ms. Narcisa Despoiu, ADA Staff Contact
2021 Meeting Dates: March 25-26 (Chicago), July 15-16 (Las Vegas), November 11-12 (Virtual)

New Dentist Committee

As a committee of the Board, the ADA New Dentist Committee’s primary purpose is to advise the Board of Trustees on matters relating to new dentists. The Committee reviews and advises the Board on member benefits, policy and the member experience from a new dentist perspective. The Committee also works with the Committee on Annual Meetings on the successful implementation of a new dentist program at the Annual Meeting and advises on the ADA dental school strategy as well as addresses other matters as assigned by the Board of Trustees.

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)