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What Lies Ahead for Health Reform

Conferences and Meetings, Policy | Permanent link

At this year’s 2013 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, Peter Damiano, D.D.S., Director of the Public Policy Center and Professor at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, discussed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its long-term implications for dental education and dentistry.

Health Resources and Services Administration Seeks Grant Reviewers

Career, Policy | Permanent link

HRSA is currently seeking dental educators and other health professionals to serve as grant reviewers. This essential role helps to ensure that the agency awards high-quality grants. Each grant program accepts competitive applications that must be reviewed by an outside panel of experts to ensure objectivity. To best evaluate the viability of grant applications, HRSA needs experts from a wide variety of professions, work settings, and cultural backgrounds.

NIH Pain Consortium Partners With Selected Health Professional Schools

Leadership, Policy | Permanent link

The National Institutes of Health Pain Consortium has selected 11 health professional schools as designated Centers of Excellence in Pain Education. The CoEPEs will act as hubs for the development, evaluation, and distribution of pain management curriculum resources for medical, dental, nursing, and pharmacy schools to enhance and improve how health care professionals are taught about pain and its treatment.

U.S. Congress Passes Student Aid Legislation

Policy, Students | Permanent link

The U.S. Congress reached an agreement to keep the interest rate for subsidized Stafford Loans for undergraduates at 3.4%, instead of the 6.8% interest rate that was supposed to take effect on July 1, 2012, by passing a one-year extension on the current discounted rate.

Updated Recommendations on the Prevention of Hepatitis B Virus Transmission

Oral Health, Policy | Permanent link

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recently approved new management of hepatitis B virus-infected (HBV-infected) health care workers and students, including dental health care professionals. The publication, “Updated CDC Recommendations for the Management of Hepatitis B Virus-Infected Health-Care Providers and Students,” published on July 5 in Morbidity and Mortality Recommendations and Reports, updated and replaced the 1991 CDC recommendations for preventing transmission of HBV to patients during the provision of exposure-prone invasive procedures.

ADEA's Advocacy Update - Winter 2011

Access, Advocacy, Leadership, Oral Health, Policy | Permanent link

Thanks to concerns raised by ADEA, the American Dental Association (ADA), and other oral health organizations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reversed its decision to downgrade the Division of Oral Health (DOH). On January 14, 2011, ADEA Executive Director Richard W. Valachovic wrote to CDC Director Thomas Frieden and stated that “we strongly believe that DOH’s role should be preserved and the division should not be placed under the Division of Adult and Community Health where the issue of oral health care will have to compete with other pressing health issues.”

Dental, Advanced Dental and Allied Dental Students, Residents, and Fellows - Legislative Internship Available for 2012

Community, General, Grants, Fellowships, and Scholarships, Involvement, Policy | Permanent link

For the first time the American Dental Education Association, generously supported by Sunstar Americas, Inc., a longstanding ADEA Corporate Member, has established the ADEA/Sunstar Americas, Inc. Student Legislative Internship, an opportunity for dental and allied dental students to gain experience in public policy formulation and advocacy on behalf of academic dentistry.

ADEA Supports National Oral Health Report

Oral Health, Policy | Permanent link

The American Dental Education Association welcomes the release of Advancing Oral Health in America, the first of two new reports on oral health undertaken by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Commissioned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration, the report builds on and supplements the 2000 Surgeon General’s Report, Oral Health in America, and the National Call to Action to Promote Oral Health in 2003.

Congressman Simpson Gives Insider Look at Advocacy Methods

General, Involvement, Oral Health, Policy | Permanent link

U.S. Representative Michael K. “Mike” Simpson, one of two dentists in the U.S. Congress, addressed attendees at the 2011 AADR-ADEA Deans’ Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill on Monday, April 4. He provided an insider's perspective from the vantage point of a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

Students Learn Nuts and Bolts at 2011 National Dental Student Lobby Day

General, Involvement, Leadership, Policy | Permanent link

Over 300 dental students from across the United States descended on Washington, D.C., on March 28 and 29 for the 2011 National Dental Student Lobby Day co-sponsored by the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) and ADEA. The schedule was tightly packed with several informative topics, including a refresher on how exactly Congress works and why understanding advocacy is important within the realm of oral health care.

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