While Black dentists make up less than 3% of all dentists in the U.S., they contribute significantly to the overall health and development of a large portion of the population. A healthy NDA benefits us all by addressing the needs of people of color and their communities, and helping them live longer, healthier, more productive lives.
NDA Statement on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
The National Dental Association (NDA), founded in 1913, has served the marginalized and oppressed since its inception. As an organization comprised of a racial minority population within the dental profession who have frequently faced discrimination and bigotry, we stand in solidarity with all other populations that have historically suffered similar indignities and recognize that a broad diversity of experience, perspective and identity across race, gender, sexual orientation is essential to establishing an equitable healthcare system and a just society.
The NDA’s position on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) is aligned with its longstanding advocacy for the underserved and its continuing struggle for health equity. We promote justice in the dental profession, in healthcare generally and in the public square. The NDA encourages diversity by providing a safe and welcoming environment for our members, our staff, and our partners without regard to race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. The NDA advocates for the expansion of access to healthcare for all people. The NDA is a JEDI organization that continues to advance its historic mission to provide high quality oral healthcare to the communities we serve.
Why Join NDA?
“A Healthy NDA Builds Healthy Careers”
The National Dental Association provides education, support and programs for Black Dentists through every stage of their professional life.
From Student to Professional
Graduating from Dental School or in Residency? Connect with your peers for support, or seasoned NDA members to learn from their experience.
Completing residency or new to the profession? NDA provides Continuing Education (CE) credits and career advice including financial management through our partners.
Professional Growth & Practice Development
Looking to expand your practice, or prepare for retirement? NDA can connect you with other African American dentists and resources you can trust for business advice or expansion of skills.
Looking for opportunities to teach, train young dentists, or provide services to the community? NDA can connect you to ways you can use your expertise for the betterment of all.
Faculty Open Rank (Non-Tenure) – Inclusive Care Clinic – Division of Prevention and Public Health Sciences – Department of Pediatric Dentistry – College of Dentistry – University of Illinois Chicago
Faculty Open Rank (Non-Tenure) – Inclusive Care Clinic Division of Prevention and Public Health Sciences Department of Pediatric Dentistry College of Dentistry University of Illinois at Chicago The Inclusive Care Clinic in the Division of Prevention and Public Health...
Job Title: Dentist Job Type: Permanent Reports To: CMO Status: Exempt Job Overview: Dentists remove tooth decay, fill cavities, and repair fractured teeth. Dentists diagnose and treat problems with patients' teeth, gums, and related parts of the mouth. They provide...
The Department of Endodontics at the University of Illinois at Chicago is seeking a qualified candidate for a 100% FTE (full-time) faculty position in the non-tenure clinical track for the Pre-Doctoral and Post-Doctoral education programs. The Department of...
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News & Blog
Dr. Marlon Henderson was inaugurated as the 99th President of the National Dental Association on Saturday, November 18, 2022 in his hometown of Shreveport, LA. The weekend was a not only a celebration of the incoming president and a transition between administrations,...
As I represent the NDA at the many conferences, meetings and dinners hosted by our allies in the promotion of oral health, I’m often asked how a lawyer ended up as Executive Director of the National Dental Association. It’s understandable. A person with a background...
Unlocking Access to Oral Health: NDA Participates in Panel Discussion Hosted by ‘The Hill’ Newspaper
On Thursday, September 20, 2022, Dr. Cheryl Lee, NDA President, represented NDA in an online conversation entitled, "Unlocking Access to Oral Health," hosted by The Hill newspaper and sponsored by CareQuest. Watch the video recording below: