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ADA Foundation International Programs

The ADA Foundation engages in a number of activities to support the improvement of global oral health. These activities include professional education, oral health infrastructure development, community dental public health, and humanitarian outreach programs.

Continuing Education Courses on International Volunteerism

The ADA Foundation and other organizations offer many resources including courses and webinars about international volunteering.

Upcoming courses sponsored by the International College of Dentists include:

February 25, 2017 – Chicago Midwinter Meeting, When You Volunteer, You Can Change the World While You Change Yourself. Speaker: Dr. Marshall Gallant; Course Code F346.

April 7, 2017 – New Orleans Dental Conference, Volunteering for Dental Missions: Why, When, Where, and What’s in the Details. Speaker: Dr. T. Bob Davis; Course Code O395.

April 27, 2017 – Michigan Dental Association Annual Session, Hot Topic! International Volunteer Dental Projects: What’s It All About Anyway? Speaker: Dr. Jack Levine.

ADA Foundation International Program Activities

The ADAF sponsors the oral health programs of Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO). These programs build the local capacity by providing health care professionals in resource-scarce countries with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to address the health care needs of their communities. There are currently eight ADAF/HVO programs in Cambodia, Haiti, Kenya, Laos, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Tanzania. Learn more about HVO at

To help dentists seeking volunteer opportunities outside of the U.S., the ADAF provides an international volunteer website: Potential volunteers can search among 125 listed organizations that offer volunteer opportunities for dental professionals and learn about how to select a volunteer program and location, how to prepare for a trip, and what to expect upon the return home.

Dental professionals who wish to learn more about international volunteerism can attend an ADA Foundation-sponsored course at the ADA annual meeting.

The ADAF unites the global dental profession by fundraising for international disasters. Past fundraising efforts have benefited programs in Haiti, Japan, the Philippines, and Nepal, following disaster events in those countries. The ADAF also fields requests from NGOs involved in oral health, as well as dentists who may need in-kind donations for international dental missions, and works to connect them to industry contacts.