4th ADEA International Women's Leadership Conference

The 4th ADEA International Women's Leadership Conference will foster global alliances and deliver leadership strategies that women can use to improve oral health and overall health in communities throughout the world. There will be ample opportunities for networking and information exchange during a program of plenary sessions, peer-reviewed oral and poster presentations, working groups, and skills workshops.

The 2010 ADEA International Women's Leadership Conference (ADEA IWLC) theme is "Global Health Through Women's Leadership." It will build on themes and outcomes of the previous three international conferences (France in 1998, Sweden in 2003, and Canada in 2005) that addressed global issues affecting women's health and general health. Three major objectives will continue as the focus: education, research, service (practice). The prior three ADEA IWLC conferences provided an opportunity for networking and information exchange through plenary sessions, peer-reviewed oral and poster presentations, working group sessions, and skills workshops.

The conference is an outstanding opportunity for the presentation and discussion of issues in education, research, and women's health. The Fourth ADEA International Women's Leadership Conference planning committee invites the participation of dental educators, practitioners, health researchers, and policy makers from the global community.


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Event Information:

Dates: September 5-8, 2010

Venue:
Pestana Bahia Hotel
Rua Fonte do Boi, No. 216 - Rio Vermelho
Salvador (BA), Brazil

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Conference Background:

The first ADEA International Women's Leadership Conference was held in Cannes/Mandelieu, France, in 1998. The Conference was attended by women and men from 18 countries and six continents. The second ADEA International Women's Leadership Conference was held in Göteborg, Sweden, in 2003. Individuals from 25 countries and six continents attended, including dental educators, practitioners, public health officials, allied dental persons, and corporate executives. The third ADEA International Women's Leadership Conference had representatives from 21 countries and five continents that addressed issues ranging from the workforce of the future to the politically savvy leader, and allowed attendees to participate in lectures, small group discussions, and skill-building workshops. Countries represented at the Conferences include China, Korea, Fiji, Germany, Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Australia, India, Japan, Scotland, South Africa, Israel, Sweden, New Zealand, and the United States.

Several recurring issues have emerged from the prior three conferences that will be continued in the themes for the 2010 conference:

  1. The increased numbers of women in the dental profession create an imperative that women be considered as vital intellectual capacity for the future. Dental student enrollment in the United States is now 44% women; in Finland, 75% of practicing dentists are women; and women dentists in Russia are 48% of the dental workforce. The United Kingdom has its first woman dental dean; China and Germany have women dental deans; and thirteen of the fifty-seven U.S. dental deans are women (22.8%).
  2. The advancement of women in academic and research careers requires global attention and strategies. The U.S. National Institutes of Health, Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) has documented this need and promoted strategies through the Agenda for Research on Women's Health for the 21st Century (1999). NIH is now engaged in activities in response to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report: Beyond Bias and Barriers, Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Science and Engineering (2007).
  3. The leadership of women is important to the advancement of gender-related research, outcomes, knowledge, and technology transfer. The Institute of Medicine report Exploring the Biological Contributions to Human Health: Does Sex Matter? (2001) documents the validity and value of gender-related research. For medicine, the basic principles underlying the concepts of "women's health" were documented in the 1995 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report of the Council on Graduate Medical Education.
  4. Mentoring and role modeling are important aspects of leadership and career development that need to be considered in the advancement of women in academic and research careers. "Increasing Women's Leadership in Academic Medicine: Report of the American Association of Medical Colleges' Project Implementation Committee" (Academic Medicine, October 2002, v. 10, pp. 1043-61) is a four-year data-driven report. It concludes, "The long-term success of academic health centers is inextricably linked to the development of women leaders."
  5. Building research capacities in developing countries and addressing the special needs of women researchers emerged as challenges of global interest and magnitude. The International Women's Leadership Conference program is consistent with the objectives of the WHO Global Oral Health Program with regard to strategies for disease prevention and oral health promotion.

Proceedings from the prior three conferences were published in the Journal of Dental Education in March 1999, as a supplement to the Journal of Dental Education in July 2004, and in a supplement to the Journal of Dental Education, November 2006.

Conference Sponsors

The American Dental Education Association is the organizer of this conference. The Association acknowledges the generous support of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and the Office of Research on Women's Health/National Institutes of Health.

Co-sponsors include:

American Association for Dental Research
American College of Dentists
American Dental Association
Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry
American Association of Women Dentists
Association for Dental Education in Europe
American Dental Hygienists' Association
Canadian Dental Association
FDI World Dental Federation
Hispanic Dental Association (U.S.)
International Association for Dental Research
International College of Dentists
International Federation of Dental Educators and Associations
Women in Dentistry UK
National Dental Association (U.S.)
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Office of Research on Women's Health, National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
Office of Women's Health, Department of Health and Human Services (U.S.)
Oral Health America

Conference Planning Committee

Dr. David Alexander, Federation Dentaire Internationale, France
Dr. Michele Aerden, Belgium
Dr. Marcia A. Boyd, Canada
Dr. Lois K. Cohen, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, USA
Dr. Saskia Estupian-Day, Pan American Health Organization, USA
Dr. Catherine E. Groenlund, University of Sydney, Australia
Dr. Hazel J. Harper, National Dental Association, USA
Dr. Kathryn A. Kell, FDI Council, USA
Dr. Maria Fidela de Lima Navarro, International Association for Dental Research, Brazil
Dr. Ana Pereira, Federation Dentaire Internationale, Argentina
Dr. Brita Petersen, Federation Dentaire Internationale, Germany
Dr. Cynthia Pine, University of Salford, United Kingdom
Dame Margaret Seward, United Kingdom
Dr. Susan Silverton, Laurentian University, Canada
Dr. Jeanne C. Sinkford, American Dental Education Association, USA
Dr. Shobha Tandon, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, South India
Dr. Samuel Thorpe, Commonwealth Dental Association, United Kingdom/Sierra Leone
Dr. Tin Chun (TC) Wong, Federation Dentaire Internationale, China
Professor Pamela Zarkowski, University of Detroit Mercy, USA