NDA Programs

NDA Endowment Fund

The NDA Endowment Fund is part of the Strategic Plan to ensure the continued future viability of our organization to support, mentor and finance African American dental students; serve as the “Protector” and “Provider” of oral health for the disadvantaged of our community and serve as the voice of reason on Capitol Hill to protect the laws which ensure the provision of oral healthcare to all in the underserved communities of color.

This is the first time the NDA has undertaken such an endeavor and your participation and support are critical in moving this initiative forward and this is only the beginning. So far we have amassed a total of over $76,000 in contributions and are looking to grow this to a level that will create a strong foundation for our organization’s future.

NDA-CRT Development Fund

In 2005, the Corporate Roundtable Scholarship Committee and the National Dental Association began raising funds to create a full-time position within the organization for a Development Officer. The role of this key individual will be to find and claim, on behalf of the NDA, the millions of dollars in untapped grant dollars that are available for the higher education of minority students… To our own credit, we are at the half-way mark of reaching our goal.

Over the years the NDA and the NDA Foundation, along with many state and local societies, have worked hard to raise scholarship funds. Until now, the NDA has not had the opportunity to obtain a full-time staff member with the knowledge and skills to apply for public and private grant dollars to help minority students pursue dentistry as a career and to help the NDA grow.

Combined with the special fundraising campaign initiated by the Corporate Roundtable Scholarship Committee, previous donors, NDA Leaders & Members, Life Members, matching funds and silent auction proceeds, we are getting closer toward our goal of $300,000. Our goal is to obtain full funding for this position subsequent to this years annual convention. Once the individual is on board with the NDA staff, it is expected that the resources this person will generate will pay for fund- ed programs, visibility and ventures of our organization. We are still actively seeking additional support for this position.

Should you have any questions or require additional informa- tion, please do not hesitate to contact the National Office and remember all donations are tax deductible (the NDA is a 501(c)3 organization), so please consider supporting the NDA for the future of the organization.

NDA Initiatives

NDA Announces the Zimmer Dental Implant Course

This educational program is designed to give dentists an intensive and comprehensive, hands-on experience in implant dentistry. The institute is all about training with its sophisticated labs, audiovisu- al equipment and lecture facilities with advanced and realistic patient treatment mannequins. This NDA platform will be a 3 to 4 day course (Level II), starting on November 20-23, 2008 at the Zimmer Dental Institute in Carlsbad, CA. Every attendee will need to attend a pre-requisite course (Level I) before attending the 3 to 4 day course in Carlsbad. The first NDA Level I session will be held during the 95th NDA Annual Convention on Thursday, July 24, 2008 from 9am – 5pm.

NDA Annual Day on Capitol Hill

The NDA throughout its history has maintained focus on access to care and educating legislators about oral health care issues impacting underserved and underrepresented communities. Annually in May, the NDA meets with several Congressional Members to address NDA members and guests with brief remarks about what they are doing in the oral health/healthcare arena and how it may impact the NDA. The program includes a detailed educational panel discussion of issues ranging from topics that face the African American community and organizational responsibility.

NDA Speakers Bureau & Spokesperson Development Program (Sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline)

This project is funded by a 3 year grant from NDA Corporate Roundtable member company, GlaxoSmithKline.
The goals of the NDA-GlaxoSmithKline Speakers Bureau & Spokesperson Development Program are to: develop a cadre of professionally trained African American dental professionals who can serve as media spokespersons and world-class scientific clinicians. Each year, the finalists will attend two (2) intensive training sessions during the calendar year they are selected. The program concept includes four key components:
•    Advance training for scientific speakers, clinicians, educators
•    Provide media training for national spokesperson(s)
•    Provide public policy training and
•    Form a “NDA Visiting Lecturer’s Program”

The Samuel D. Harris National Musem of Dentistry Traveling Exhibit "The Future is Now! African-Americans in Dentistry"

The Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry is currently displaying a remarkable exhibition of the movers and shakers who helped shape the profession of dentistry. “The Future Is Now! African-Americans in Dentistry” pays tribute to the men and women who paved the way for African Americans’ success as dental professionals. The exhibit includes photographs, memoirs and stories of individual and collective achievements of blacks in dentistry. The purpose of the exhibit is to increase the awareness of the contributions of African Americans in dentistry which often times goes unnoticed and unrecog- nized. It also serves as a tool for others outside of the profession of dentistry to learn about the profession and its importance in black history. The Exhibit components include a moving photographic timeline that displays individual accomplishments, educational advancement and organizational success from the 1860s through the present day. The exhibition was developed by The Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry with the support of the National Dental Association Foundation in partnership with Colgate-Palmolive and many others. Additional support was provided by individuals and the ADA Foundation.

SNDA Impressions Program

The Student National Dental Association has established a National Impressions Program which has two components: 1). One program takes place during the Annual National Convention. Minority students with an interest in science and/or dentistry (grade school and high school) are targeted and invited to the local dental school during the convention. Students learn about the requirements of dental school admission and what makes a candidate competitive. Faculty members from Academic Affairs also speak to the students about applications and deadlines and 2) other programs take place in dental schools across the country.

Students tour the dental school facilities (clinics, labs, and lecture halls). SNDA members provide an overview of the field of dentistry including: advantages, specialties, career opportunities, and organized dentistry. The program concludes with a hands-on workshop. Students take an alginate impressions demonstration course and then impressions of each other’s teeth. It has become very popular and is the “signature” program of the SNDA.