The American Dental Education Association was honored by the Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural & Minority Medicine (IAMMM) with their Soar High Leadership Award on September 28, 2011, in Washington, DC. ADEA Executive Director Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H., received the award on behalf of the Association.
“The missions of the Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural & Minority Medicine and of ADEA have much in common. Of particular note is the value of collaboration in enhancing the work that all of us do,” said Dr. Valachovic during his remarks.
“Working together, those of us at ADEA have been able to forge partnerships to feed the entire pipeline, from entry for minority applicants to dental school through career development for minority faculty. We have the ExploreHealthCareers website funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). We now have the ADEA Dental Student Outreach Program, the first online mentoring program for dental students. We have collaboration with the Association of American Medical Colleges in the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program also funded by RWJF. We have another grant from RWJF to work with dental school admissions committees to take a more holistic approach to admissions that goes beyond just grade point averages and scores on the dental admissions test for acceptance into dental school. We have the ADEA Minority Dental Faculty Development Program, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which allows us to focus on the underrepresented minority faculty pipeline and academic/community partnerships for underserved children and families.”
The IAMMM is the leading nonprofit constituency organization for research, education, and advocacy for the elimination of disparities in health and health care among underrepresented and underserved multicultural communities. The Institute represents scholars, clinical and scientific researchers, elected officials, community activists, philanthropists, and others with the expertise and resources to make IAMMM a viable and respected entity in addressing health disparities.