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ADA Board of Trustees holds historic all-digital meeting April 3

COVID-19 pandemic pre-empts physical gathering at ADA Headquarters

April 10, 2020

By Judy Jakush


Virtual gathering: This screenshot view of the April 3 ADA Board of Trustees virtual meeting shows ADA President Chad P. Gehani addressing his colleagues on the Zoom app.

The ADA Board of Trustees traditionally holds six meetings a year at Association Headquarters in Chicago, but this year, for the first time, the Board held its April meeting via Zoom — an all digital meeting.

Dr. Chad P. Gehani, ADA president, had already been meeting with the Board online several times a week, but the April 3 meeting was the first regularly scheduled meeting to convene all digitally.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the way we do just about everything now, including meetings at the ADA,” he said. “The Board meeting was no exception to this, and though the virtual approach was a historic first, our trustees were able to move ahead on important items that serve our members and strengthen our Association.” 

For example, members need only click on ADA.org/virus to access the ADA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Center for Dentists. The past two months have been a whirlwind of activity for the Board as it has authorized the speedy development of new resources for members to help them cope with the pandemic’s impact on dentistry and informing them on ADA advocacy in Washington. 

Leadership does not stop in a time of crisis," he noted. “We adapt and move forward because that is when leadership matters the most.”