ADEA Awarded 2023 Red Hot Association Recognition



July 7, 2023—The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) was one of 25 associations to receive the 2023 Red Hot Association Award during a ceremony on June 8 in Washington, DC, honoring the area’s fastest growing and most innovative associations. The award was presented by DCA Live, a DC-based business that regularly features the region’s most dynamic companies, nonprofits and professionals through events, leadership roundtables and digital news products.


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The 2023 Red Hot Association Award recognized trade associations and professional society communities in the greater Washington, DC region, who are strong leaders in their industries and who made significant and major contributions in helping their industries bounce back after the enormous pandemic disruption.




“It is truly extraordinary for ADEA to receive this honor for our ability to demonstrate nimbleness and apply innovative engagement into our organizational strategy to ensure we remain essential and accessible to our membership and oral health communities,” said ADEA President and CEO, Karen P. West, D.M.D., M.P.H. "As we continue to celebrate our Centennial year, we recognize that ADEA’s duty as a change agent will be critical for the sustainability and growth of oral health for 2024 and the next hundred years.”




ADEA was specifically recognized for its ability to not only impact oral health education through its pandemic and post-pandemic delivery of e-learning, virtual meetings, townhalls, workshops and conferences, and for the support and best practices the organization shared through its ADEA Connect online communities, but also for:


  • ADEA partnerships to get critical PPE to member schools and programs;
  • Continuous member and stakeholder engagement during the pandemic;
  • The ability to foster accelerated growth and movement in oral health education on key topics through ADEA initiatives such as New Thinking for the New Century; and
  • Leadership in taking fresh and innovative approaches to ensure a timely and effective post-pandemic bounce-back in oral health education.





About ADEA: The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is The Voice of Dental Education. Our mission is to lead and support the health professions community in preparing future-ready oral health professionals. Our members include all 80 accredited U.S. and Canadian dental schools, more than 800 allied and advanced dental education programs, more than 55 corporations and approximately 15,000 individuals. Our activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings and communications, including the esteemed Journal of Dental Education®, as well as the dental school application services ADEA AADSAS®, ADEA PASS®, ADEA DHCAS® and ADEA CAAPID®




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