The American Institute of Dental Public Health was founded by Dr. David Cappelli and Dr. Annaliese Cothron in 2015, initially through funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Seeing gaps in organizational programming and the need to center health equity as a cornerstone of oral health education and training, AIDPH was established to pursue our mission of fostering professional excellence and advancing innovation in the education and practice of dental public health. Dr. Cothron serves as the Executive Director of AIDPH and Dr. Cappelli chairs the Board of Directors.
Now, five years later, AIDPH is an established 501c3 nonprofit and the only national public health institute solely dedicated to oral health. 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.
AIDPH believes that, as oral health equity advocates and leaders, it is our responsibility to address individual, institutional, and systemic barriers that keep communities from achieving optimal oral health across the lifespan. When marginalized communities can access dental care from providers who look like them, understand their needs, and support their culture, their oral health and overall health improves significantly. We advocate for oral health workforce diversity using the lens of our core values to galvanize students, public health professionals, policymakers, and thought leaders to invest in health equity.
View our impact report to learn how we're making a difference in the oral health community
While 2020 certainly created challenges, AIDPH was able to pivot our efforts to support local, state, and national partners to with creative shifts in programming and new offerings adapted to the virtual environment.
You can help us create collective impact through a tax-deductible donation