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ADA offers condolences on loss of Rep. Elijah E. Cummings

October 21, 2019

By Jennifer Garvin

 Elijah Cummings
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings
Washington — The ADA offered condolences Oct. 17, following the news that Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a long-serving member of Congress and oral health advocate, had died.

“As co-chair of the Oral Health Caucus, he understood the significance between oral health and overall health,” said Dr. Chad P. Gehani, ADA president. “Rep. Cummings was also dedicated to increasing awareness of oral health care and funding dental research.

“The ADA and Americans will forever be thankful for his support of initiatives that address oral health equity, including the Action for Dental Health Act. Rep. Cummings knew that greater access to dental care needed to include education and awareness and made it a priority to help initiate Maryland’s first statewide oral health literacy campaign,” he concluded.

Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, who was Rep. Cummings’ co-chair in the Oral Health Caucus, submitted the Association’s statement on Oct. 18 as part of the official Congressional record.