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A Welcome Message from United States Senator


Dear Friends,


While I cannot be with you in person, I want to extend a hearty welcome to my hometown of Portland, Oregon to members of American Dental Education Association for its Annual Session and Exhibition.


This year’s theme “Believe, I’m Possible” is an encouraging theme that demonstrates how committed you all are to improving the future of dental health.


The need for a strong, committed health care workforce is evident. As Chairman of the Finance Committee, I remain steadfast in my work to ensure all health care professionals receive the education and ongoing support they need to be both successful in their work and make positive change for our communities, especially for those who need health care the most. I appreciate the ADEA for all the work it does to provide support and strengthen this field of work. Please know I will continue to work alongside you to grow this workforce and support more affordable, accessible health care.


Congratulations are also in order as this year marks the 100th anniversary of the ADEA. I extend my warmest wishes to the oral health professionals for your dedication to dental education and research for promoting the oral and systemic health of Oregonians and all of America. I wish you the best for the next 100 years!

Sincerely,

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Ron Wyden
United States Senator

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A Welcome Message from Governor of Oregon


Dear Members of the American Dental Education Association,


It is my pleasure to welcome you to Oregon for your Centennial Annual Session and Exhibition. This year’s theme, “Believe, I’m Possible,” recognizes the unique potential each association member brings to advancing the future of dental education and to improving health outcomes within communities.


Dr. William Gies authored “Dental Education in the United States and Canada” in 1923, providing the basis for modern dental education and inspiring groups to come together to educate and train future oral health professionals. This year marks the 100th anniversary of that association, now known as the American Dental Education Association.


I would like to extend my warmest wishes to the oral health professionals for your dedication to dental education and research for promoting the oral and systemic health of Oregonians and all of America.


Congratulations on your 100th anniversary. I wish you many more years of success.


Sincerely,

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Tina Kotek
Governor

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A Welcome Message from Member of Congress


Dear Friends,


It’s a pleasure to welcome the American Dental Education Association and its members to Portland, Oregon for your centennial celebration. This year’s theme of “Believe, I’m Possible” is especially significant. If we’re to provide the best education to students, we need to come together, learn from our experiences over the past three years, and recognize how adaptive and resilient we are. As educators, this will give you a strong foundation to imagine what’s possible going forward.


The past three years have been some of the most challenging health care students and educators have had to face. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted all aspects of health education. Students and educators were forced to rethink what was possible and how to minimize disruptions while keeping themselves and their communities safe. While we may not be completely past the COVID-19 pandemic, we can still use the lessons we learned to strengthen and support future programs.


I’m honored to welcome you all to Portland and look forward to seeing the great strides you make in promoting oral health for all Oregonians. Here’s to the next 100 years!


Courage,

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Earl Blumenauer
Member of Congress

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A Welcome Message from Mayor of Portland


Dear ADEA Members,


Welcome to Portland, the City of Roses.


As the Mayor of Portland, I’m proud the American Dental Education Association chose our city for your 2023 Annual Session and Exhibition.


I want to extend a special congratulations to the ADEA on celebrating its 100-year anniversary. Having grown to a 15,000-member organization, you represent the voice of dental education.


From March 11th to 14th, your conference will be based at The Oregon Convention Center. Our city center will offer you much in terms of nationally recognized dining, entertainment, and shopping.


I hope you find time to explore our diverse and vibrant city, as each neighborhood has its own special character and should be visited.


Our city boasts many natural wonders, from the 5,200 acres of Forest Park, one of the largest urban forests in the nation, to the wonderful views from Mount Tabor Park.


I congratulate ADEA’s dental educators on their accomplishments and continuing efforts to provide access to high quality oral health care for all. I wish you the best of luck in your professional endeavors.


Thank you for visiting our city, we hope you find time to visit again. Best,


Best,

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Ted Wheeler
Mayor

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