The American Institute of Dental Public Health (AIDPH) is a 501c3 nonprofit centering health equity as a cornerstone of oral health education and training. We offer educational training for oral health professionals, support student growth and career development in dental public health, and serve as conveners of stature to facilitate systems change in the oral health community.
The summer eJACD spotlights vulnerable populations and an article from AIDPH's research team on impacts of chronic disease and rurality on veteran oral health. Vets with access to dental care are more employable, financially stable, and self-sufficient. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA*) began in the early 1900s, near the end of World War One, offering benefits to veterans who were injured as a result of their military service. Today, the VHA
is the largest integrated healthcare system within the United States, with more than 1200 facilities providing services to approximately nine million veterans.
Joint Release Issued Applauding Senator Sander's Push to Improve Access to Oral Health Care for Veterans
American Institute of Dental Public Health and CareQuest Institute for Oral Health® today commended U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for filing amendments to help expand access to dental care for veterans. The amendments are being considered as part of the Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022.
Under the leadership of an established board of directors and a team of dedicated professionals, AIDPH was able to launch new initiatives supporting rural oral health, value-based and integrated care, and veteran oral health all while continuing to support an emerging dental public health workforce.