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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. For the 2018 contest, the ADA CAAP is pleased to invite all U.S. dental schools to participate.

The American Dental Association invites you to submit an essay for the 2018 Health Literacy Essay Contest for Dental Students

Who can submit?
You may submit an entry if you are 18 years or older and attend a dental school that is participating in the contest. You also need to be an ADA student member or member in good standing of the American Student Dental Association. To check and see if your school is participating please call Sharee Clough. Her contact information is listed at the bottom of the page. 

What are the essay requirements?
The essay should be original work, written in easy-to-understand language, using health literacy principles that provides evidence-based information on the topic of Important Things to Know about Cavities and how to Prevent Them. The essay to have at least 500 words but not exceed 700.

How do I submit my entry?
Entries are due by October 30, 2018. Submit your entry to your school for preliminary judging. The winning essays from your school will be submitted to the ADA for final judging.

What can I win?
The first place winner's essay will be published on ADA's consumer website, and receive a $500 Amazon gift card. Four runners up will each receive a $250 Amazon gift card. All winners will receive recognition through various venues, including ADA News.

Official Rules 

Previous Winning Essays:

For additional information, please contact

Sharee Clough, RDH, MS Ed
Manager, Preventive Health Activities
Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention