The American Dental Association's Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations is now accepting entries for its 2007 Community Dentistry Award and Geriatric Oral Health Care Award programs.
The deadline for entries is May 15. Not-for-profit programs in the United States or its territories are eligible.
The Community Dentistry Award recognizes programs focused on improving oral health on the community level and including a preventive dentistry component. The first place recipient will receive a $5,000 award and a wall plaque.
Meritorious awards of $2,500 may be granted to up to three other entrants. The Community Dentistry Award was established in 1972 as the Community Preventive Dentistry Award.
Program formats may include, but not be limited to, providing oral health care to or facilitating oral health care for low-income populations, people with special needs or those at high risk for oral diseases.
Eligible community programs may include elements such as the provision of oral health care, outreach, public education, oral health literacy; programs may operate in a variety of settings and include volunteer participation on the part of dentists and dental team members. Programs that apply for this award must contain a preventive dentistry component.
Begun in 1984, the Geriatric Oral Health Care Award recognizes programs that have improved the health of older adults through innovative community outreach activities. The first place recipient will receive $2,500 and a wall plaque.
A meritorious award of $500 may be granted to one other entrant. Any project that furthers the understanding, prevention, and/or treatment of dental caries, periodontal disease, oral cancer, or other oral diseases in older adults is eligible.
Appropriate geriatric programs involve members of the dental team and include: nursing home, homebound and hospital programs; media and public information programs; dental practitioners' and/or caregivers' educational activities; and/or oral health care delivery programs.
Both Awards are sponsored by the ADA through its Foundation with the generous support of a grant from Johnson & Johnson Oral Health Products.
To enter or for more information, visit www.ADA.org/goto/accessawards to download entry forms, a program summary format, award program brochures and Compendia of Winning Entries, descriptions of winning entries from past years.