Health Literacy Essay Contest | American Dental Association

ADA Health Literacy Essay Contest for Dental Students at Participating Dental Schools 

The ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention (CAAP) sponsored its first pilot health writing contest for dental students in 2015 per the suggestion of Dr. Sorin Teich, Associate Professor, Department of Comprehensive Care and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. The Ohio Dental Association also collaborated on the initiative. The objectives of the contest are to increase students' knowledge about health literacy principles and build their skills in writing plain language. 

Every year since 2015, the ADA has increased the number of dental schools invited to participate in the pilot contest. All dental schools are now invited to participate. This year's essay topic, More Than Teeth: What Your Dental Team Wants You To Know About Health Misinformationreflects the important role of the dental team in overall health and health care, including dispelling health misinformation that affects patient health.

Please note that all essay submissions for consideration are submitted through dental schools who have confirmed participation in the contest. Check with your specific dental school for more information.

The 2021 Health Literacy Essay Contest results are in!

We're pleased to announce the winner of the 2021 American Dental Association's Health Literacy Essay Contest. The winning essay is a great demonstration of the ability to provide clear and understandable information to patients and consumers. Sincere thanks to all of our schools and essay participants, and we look forward to your participation next year!

First Place Winner:

2021 More Than Teeth: What Your Dental Team Wants You To Know About Health Misinformation by Christine Kim, Boston University Henry M Goldman School of Dental Medicine

2021 Essay Contest Information
  • Contest Begins September 15, 2021
  • Deadline for students to submit essays to their dental school is October 30, 2021
  • Deadline for dental schools to submit one entry to the ADA is November 30, 2021
  • ADA will announce the winners in January 2022
Previous Winning Essays