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As we strive to be thought leaders and amplifiers within the oral health community,
we share our reflections on emerging topics in oral health.
Each year, this 10-week summer fellowship program focuses on advocacy and research for special populations including oral health of veterans, LGBTQIA+ people, and rural communities. The 2023 cohort of fellows contributed to a special research project for veteran oral health in Iowa, supported by the Delta Dental Foundation of Iowa. The Summer Research Fellowship ran… Read More »
Millions of children and adults across the U.S. and worldwide are heading back to school this month as students or educators. While we may not be joining them in a physical classroom, we can still show our commitment to everyone’s right to learn — children and adults have fundamental rights to education and to access… Read More »
There have been several actions recently in Congress that caught our attention because of the potential negative impacts on the health and well-being of the LGBTQIA+ community and other marginalized, disenfranchised, and historically excluded communities. As a convener in the dental public health space, AIDPH shares facts and information and remains committed to the fight… Read More »
This summer has been the hottest on record in many areas of the U.S., and scientists predict next year could be even warmer. Wildfires compromised air quality in many states, while others experienced violent storms, flooding, and other severe weather events. We see what’s happening in Hawaii and we know that a climate emergency is… Read More »
AIDPH is deeply saddened, angered, and disturbed by the recent legal decisions rendered by the Supreme Court of the United States that threaten our core values of diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion. In light of the implications of such decisions, AIDPH reaffirms its commitment to disrupting systems of inequity, specifically in dental public health. On… Read More »
This summer, we recognize several disability awareness days, including the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (July 26). While major strides have been made to promote awareness, accessibility, and equal opportunity for people with disabilities, there is still more work to be done, especially in the dental field. As part of its 2023 strategic… Read More »
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Conversations in Public Dental Health
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We partner with other public health and community organizations to advocate for more equitable and inclusive health and oral health policy.
Urging the Biden administration and transition chairs to commit to and prioritize health care and COVID-19 response December 8, 2020
In cooperation with Families USA, AIDPH participated in a sign on letter to the incoming Biden Administration, urging the transition team to prioritize health and health care. The letter urges bold and immediate action to address the COVID-19 pandemic, common-sense reforms to make health coverage and care affordable, prioritizing high quality and consumer-centered health care, and ending racial injustice in health and healthcare.
Call for Reclaiming Comprehensive Public Health: A Call to Action November 30, 2020
In coordination with ACON, AIDPH participated in a Call to Action to heads of state and government around the world regarding missed opportunities to build cooperation, public trust, and public health. It advocates a comprehensive public health response. Read the full Call to Action here.
Supporting the Improving Social Determinants of Health Act of 2020 (H.R. 6561-S.4440) October 23, 2020
In cooperation with Trust for America's Health, AIDPH participated in a sign on letter supporting The Improving Social Determinants of Health Act of 2020. This bill would authorize the CDC to create a program to improve health outcomes and reduce inequities by coordinating CDC social determinants of health (SDOH) activities and improve the capacity of public health agencies and community organizations to address SDOHs. Read the full letter here.
Supporting the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act October 2020
In cooperation with the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, AIDPH participated in a sign-on letter advocating for passage of the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act.
Expanding Authorization for Dental Professionals to Order and Administer COVID-19 Vaccinations September 22, 2020
In cooperation with the American Association for Dental Research, AIDPH participated in a sign on letter to ADM Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary for Health, US Department of Health and Human Serivces, advocating for expanding authorization for dental professionals to order and administer COVID-19 vaccinations, once they are made available. Read the full letter here.
Request for policies related to next COVID-19 releif package May 21, 2020
In cooperation with OPEN, AIDPH participated in a sign on letter to Speaker Pelosi and Leaders McConnell, McCarthy, and Schumer, urging them to advance policies to stabilize state budgets and protect access to essential oral health care, and to provide support to state health departments and oral health programs.
Request Emergency Special Enrollment Period to Combat COVID-19 March 20, 2020
In cooperation with Community Catalyst and Young Invincibles, AIDPH participated in a sign-on letter urging Department of Health and Human Services officials to create a Special Enrollment Period in response to COVID-19. Read the letter here.