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ADA Health Literacy Essay Contest for Dental Students at Participating Dental Schools

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The ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention (CAAP) sponsored its first pilot health writing contest for dental students in 2015 per the suggestion of Dr. Sorin Teich, Associate Professor, Department of Comprehensive Care and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. The Ohio Dental Association also collaborated on the initiative. The objectives of the contest are to increase students' knowledge about health literacy principles and build their skills in writing plain language. 

Every year since 2015, the ADA has increased the number of dental schools invited to participate in the pilot contest. All dental schools are now invited to participate. This year's essay topic, Why Your Dentist Wants You To Get The HPV Vaccine reflects the recent FDA approval of the HPV vaccine for the prevention of oropharyngeal cancer. 

Please note that all essay submissions for consideration are submitted through dental schools who have confirmed participation in the contest. Check with your specific dental school for more information.

The winner of the 2020 Health Literacy Essay Contest:

Why Your Dentist Wants You to Get the HPV Vaccine by Casandra Barnes, The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston

Previous Winning Essays: