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Education Courses

Dr. Jack Levine, Tanzania, 2008

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.

See also: ADA Foundation Grant for International Dental Volunteer Projects (Deadline: May 1, 2018)

International Volunteer Project Workshop: Exploring Challenges and Developing Best Practices
May 11, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
211 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, Ill. (ADA headquarters)
Registration fee: $50
Registration note: You must have an ADA user ID and password to register. If you don’t have an ADA user ID or password, please click the Register link, find the grey box that says Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of the page, and select "I’m not an ADA member, or I’ve never logged in before; how do I set up my account?" (for dentists) or "I’m not a dentist. How can I create an account to purchase products?" (for non-dentists) to set up your account.

This one-day workshop is designed for groups and institutions that are already involved in planning, directing, or implementing international volunteer dental projects dedicated to either the provision of care or training. Join your colleagues for a historic first assembly of international volunteer dental organizations and dental schools with international service projects. Network. Trade ideas. Help to develop best practices. Keynote speakers: Dr. Francis G. Serio, D.M.D., M.S., M.B.A. and Dr. David Frost, D.D.S., M.S.

Participants will:
•    Identify common challenges faced by all international volunteer projects and potential best solutions to those challenges.
•    Call upon best practices to address project or site specific challenges to projects.
•    Contribute to the development of best practices guidelines for the conduct of international volunteer projects.
This workshop is sponsored by the ADA Foundation, International College of Dentists, Academy of Dentistry International Foundation, Aseptico, and Henry Schein.

Attendees can make reservations at the InterContinental Hotel Chicago at the reduced rate of $159/night + tax. To receive the discounted rate, please make your reservation before April 17th, 2018.

InterContinental Chicago Reservations: 1.800.628.2112
Group name: ADAF Intl Workshop Block
Group code: VYN
Booking link: (link is not mobile friendly)
Questions? Contact Briana Rowland,

Volunteering Internationally: Contributing to Long-Term Improvements in Global Oral Health
Sunday, October 21st
7:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Hawai‘i Convention Center
Course #8302
Speakers: Dr. Charles Craft, Dr. David Frost, Dr. Kevin Hardwick, Dr. Dashrath Kafle, Dr. Frank Serio
Course Description: Oral health providers can create long-lasting impact in the oral health of a community through volunteerism. This course will discuss the use of public health principles to understand local needs and enhance local oral health infrastructure, and will explore examples of sustainable volunteer oral health projects that focus on health promotion as well as treatment.  While these examples are from the field of global volunteerism, the principles can be applied to efforts in any community – international or domestic.

Register for the ADA annual meeting to attend this course. See the course description here.

International Volunteer Dental Projects, What's It All About Anyway?
View recording of webinar
Presenter: Frank Serio, DMD, MS, MBA, FACD, FICD, recipient of the 2015 American Dental Association Humanitarian Award

You can make a difference in the lives of people around the world through volunteer projects. This free webinar is designed for dentists, dental hygienists, and other interested parties who want to learn more about the nuts and bolts of volunteering around the world or around the block. It will also be useful for those with some volunteering experience looking for new ideas, or just validation of what they are doing. Topics include the nature of volunteer activities, cross-cultural issues, comparison of service and teaching projects, how to get started either at home or abroad, and where to find these volunteer opportunities. There will be ample time for interaction with the presenters and other experienced members of the audience. View a recording of this webinar. Originally presented on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 5:00 p.m. Central Time.