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ADA, others ask Congress to reinstate chief dental officer

March 14, 2016 Washington — The Association, along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists, American Dental Education Association and American Association for Dental Research, is asking Congress to reinstate the chief dental officer position within the Health Resources and Services Administration.

In a March 2 letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, leadership from the four organizations outlined oral health funding requests for 2017, including a request to restore the position to its previous rank. In 2012, HRSA downgraded the position from chief dental officer to senior dental advisor. This goes against the agency's 2010 Oral Health Initiative, which aims to improve access to care, the organizations pointed out in the report.  

"Dental access, prevention, care and research initiatives are leading to improved oral health across the country," stated the letter. "The modest programmatic increases we are requesting, together with the continuation of programs the president has proposed to eliminate, will allow more Americans to have access to improved oral health care."