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ADA water fluoridation staffer earns national public health award

April 25, 2017

By Michelle Manchir

Albuquerque, N.M. — Jane McGinley's first exposure to working in dentistry came during her high school years in rural Illinois, where she worked as an assistant in a local dental office two evenings a week and Saturdays for $1 an hour.

Ms. McGinley
The humble first job led to a career in dental hygiene and for the past 20 years as staff at the American Dental Association, where she is the go-to resource for ADA members and staff alike when it comes to facts and information about community water fluoridation.

The American Association of Public Health Dentistry on April 23 honored Ms. McGinley during the National Oral Health Conference in Albuquerque for being a "tireless advocate promoting the science, facing the challenges and creating strategies surrounding fluoridation." The group's immediate past president, Dr. David Cappelli, presented the award.

In her current role at the ADA, manager of fluoridation and preventive health activities, Ms. McGinley monitors community water fluoridation at the national, state and local levels. She regularly works directly with ADA member dentists who request assistance and resources to help educate their communities about the benefits of water fluoridation. She also provides technical assistance to coalitions and others involved in fluoridation efforts.

She also coordinates the meetings and affairs of the ADA National Fluoridation Advisory Committee. She has assisted that committee in the development and publication with the last three editions of Fluoridation Facts, which is widely used in fluoridation campaigns.

"Almost anyone who's had to deal with community water fluoridation issues knows Jane," said Dr. Valerie Peckosh, chair of the advisory committee. "Her incredible wealth of knowledge and her dedication are unmatched."

Before joining the ADA, Ms. McGinley earned a bachelor's degree in dental hygiene and served in both private clinical practice and as a coordinator of care for individuals with special needs. In 1999, she earned a master's degree in business administration. At the ADA, she previously served as coordinator for fluoridation and preventive health activities and the coordinator of council programs for what is now the Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention.

In 2005, the ADA, American State and Territorial Dental Directors and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognized Ms. McGinley with a Fluoridation Merit Award, which recognizes an outstanding contribution toward the progress of fluoridation.

In accepting the American Association of Public Health Dentistry award, Ms. McGinley said, speaking about her work with the National Fluoridation Advisory Committee, "Our efforts to bring the benefit of community water fluoridation to the public continues. But what we've accomplished together has made a difference in hundreds of people's lives and it's been my great honor to work with many of you on this continuing journey."

Ms. McGinley can be reached by email at