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Nominations sought for ADA Dental Wellness Advisory Committee

January 15, 2019 The ADA Council on Dental Practice is seeking nominations to add a representative of the disabled dentist community to the council's Dental Wellness Advisory Committee for a three-year term.

If someone has dealt with a disabling illness or injury they are encouraged to send in a nomination to serve as a subject matter expert who can provide guidance for dentists suffering from a disability. Applicants should send their CV and a statement of interest to Alison Bramhall, ADA manager of dentist health and wellness, at bramhalla@ada.org by Feb. 11. Self-nominations are allowed.

The need springs from Resolution 4H-2018, adopted by the House of Delegates at ADA 2018 – America's Dental Meeting. The amended resolution specified that the ADA encourage the states to create and maintain well-being programs that address substance use disorders as well as other mental and physical challenges that dentists might experience throughout their career. It also said that the "ADA encourages the states to maintain a list of volunteer dentists experienced with health and well-being challenges to provide support and make it available to dentists faced with like challenges."

The chosen representative would be asked to attend an annual in-person meeting of the committee, scheduled for March 22. Members of the advisory committee are also expected to participate in conference calls as needed.