Solidarity in Action: From Allies to Accomplices
October 16 to 20, 2023
LGBTQIA+ Oral Health Week 2023 has come to an end! Use the resources below to learn more about moving from allies to accomplices. We're ready to take action and confront systems of inequity, fighting for the rights and well-being of the LGBTQIA+ community. Stay tuned for 2024!
Amplifying LGBTQIA+ Voices in Oral Health: A Student Story
"Though we may not be able to rectify the historic disparities faced by the LGBTQIA+ community, as educated accomplices, we can cultivate change beginning in the dental chair." - Carmen Vega, University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Sign the Pledge
We invite oral health professionals to pledge their commitment to becoming an accomplice. Help us continue our focus by signing our pledge to become active accomplices in pursuit of inclusive, respectful, and high-quality care for LGBTQIA+ individuals. Read our blog post to learn more about why the move to accomplice is needed.
We challenge ourselves to move beyond passive allyship to active accompliceship. But what does it mean? It's about taking responsibility, making tangible commitments, and continually striving for inclusivity. As we journey through the week, we invite oral health professionals to pledge their commitment to becoming an accomplice.
Read our recent blog post, Beyond Allyship: The Imperative of Accompliceship in LGBTQIA+ Healthcare, to learn more.
Monday's content is sponsored by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) and their Dental Advancement through Learning and Education (DALE) Foundation. Thank you for your support!
Jacob Smith, DDS (he/him): “Part of treating fellow members of the LGBTQIA+ community is understanding that their motivations may be different. Understanding someone’s identity is much more than a pronoun. When you meet a person where they are and listen to their story, you can understand more about them and make them feel comfortable using the information they volunteer. What is important is relating to the patient that they are worthy of care, worthy of freedom from pain, and worthy of feeling their best.”
Jen Kopp, BHS, RDH (she/her): “Whenever I have a LGBTQ+ patient in my chair and I let them know I am part of the family, they instantly relax. There is a sense of camaraderie and understanding. I hope all my dental LGBTQ+ colleagues live out loud and proud. The youth is looking to us to show them it is safe to be themselves, and hopefully they can build upon the strides already made.”