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HVO celebrating 30th anniversary with symposium in April

March 08, 2017

By David Burger

Working together: ADA member dentist Dr. John Kanyusik, center, works with staff at the Dhulikhel Dental School in Kathmandu, Nepal. The dental school is an ADA Foundation/Health Volunteers Overseas program site that is recruiting dental volunteers.
Washington — Dental professionals involved or interested in international volunteerism are encouraged to attend Health Volunteers Overseas' 30th Anniversary Symposium here on April 28.

Health Volunteers Overseas is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve global health through education. HVO volunteers build local capacity by providing health care professionals in resource-scarce countries with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to address the health care needs of their communities.

"The ADA and the ADA Foundation are long-time supporters of Health Volunteers Overseas, and we congratulate them on their successful record of supporting charitable causes over three decades," said Dr. William Calnon, president of the ADA Foundation and past ADA president. "The ADA Division of Global Affairs worked with HVO to create its oral health programs. The Foundation currently sponsors HVO's oral health programs and the ADA Foundation International Programs Committee assists in the management of these programs. We look forward to many more fruitful years of working together to improve the oral health care of people around the globe."

The symposium, to be held at George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health, will honor the HVO community and their 30 years of impact by showcasing HVO's volunteer model and accomplishments, the work of their volunteers and the advancements of their overseas partners. The symposium is also designed to expand volunteer engagement through shared research discussion.

"HVO's anniversary year marks three decades that our organization has worked to transform lives by providing education and opportunity to health workers around the world," said Nancy Kelly, executive director of HVO and ADA honorary member. "The ADA was an early partner in this endeavor, and the ADA Foundation continues to support our oral health program, improving access to and quality of oral health care for thousands around the world. In the final months of our 30th anniversary year, HVO will focus on the future — with help from the ADA and ADA Foundation."

Many ADA members serve as HVO oral health program managers. In addition, past ADA Humanitarian Award winners, Dr. Frank Serio and Dr. Frank Andolino, have both been actively involved with HVO.

Both the ADA and the ADA Foundation are gold-level sponsors for the symposium, with contributions of $5,000 each.

Registration for the symposium is $100 for HVO members and $200 for nonmembers.

To donate to the HVO Grow 30 More Fund, created in honor of HVO's 30th anniversary and dedicated to continuing HVO's work to improve global health in the years to come, visit

For more information about the symposium and HVO, visit