Alliance working with ADA ‘to meet the future’
October 01, 2018
Recognizing the changing face of the dental spouse, the Alliance of the American Dental Association in the last year has changed the way it communicates with members and adopted a new strategic plan to increase, and better serve, its changing membership.
“It’s an exciting time in the dental profession, and we are working closely with the ADA to meet the future,” said Susan Hadnot, the Alliance’s president who will begin a second term in the position at ADA 2018 – America’s Dental Meeting in Honolulu.
While the Alliance’s mission has largely remained the same — to support the dental family, public oral health education and oral health legislation advocacy — the Alliance has started doing more to connect with the changing demographic of its members, said Ms. Hadnot, a retired dietitian and seasoned marathon runner from Montana, who took over for Teresa Theurer as the Alliance’s president in 2017. Her husband, Dr. Doug Hadnot, has practiced dentistry for more than 40 years.
In the past year, the Alliance launched a monthly emailed newsletter that features relevant news and networking opportunities and offered webinars relevant to “the diverse and changing face of the dental spouse, partner and family member,” Ms. Hadnot said.
At the Alliance’s 2017 spring conference in Forth Worth, Texas, the group’s Leadership Council adopted a strategic plan outlining strategies to increase Alliance membership, enhance its communications and further promote dental health education and legislative advocacy.
More than 70 people attended the spring conference, which is more people than in the last several years.
“The face to face meetings and one-on-one discussions there provided for a very productive plan as we move into the future,” said Ms. Hadnot.
First up on the Alliance’s agenda in the next year is completion of its Head 2 Toe project at ADA 2018. An annual service effort, the project involves collecting oral health hygiene items and distributing them to a nonprofit located in the annual meeting host city. This year, the recipient will be Next Step Shelter in Honolulu, which provides emergency shelter, job training, housing placement help and other services for those who need it.
In 2019, the Alliance is hosting its annual spring conference April 11-13 in Las Vegas.
“This will provide networking opportunities for new and established members and workshops on topics such as dental health, office management and well-being,” said Ms. Hadnot.
“But most of all, people can look forward to fun — night shows and entertainment to meet anyone’s interest. We look forward to having this be our most successful conference,” she said.
For those who may be interested in Alliance membership, Ms. Hadnot hopes they can look to the Alliance as a “great resource” for dental family support.
“We also are the support for the spouse — we know the impact on the spouse who works in the office, who has a growing family, who has two careers,” she said. “We support each other and develop important lifelong relationships that you would not normally meet in your daily life. Through our programs at conference and our resources, we can be one of the biggest supporters for the spouse and partners.”
For more information about the Alliance, its projects, or to become a member, visit AllianceADA.org