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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)

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 Project Workshop: Exploring Challenges and Developing Best Practices
Event date: May 11, 2018
Keynote speakers: Dr. Francis G. Serio, D.M.D., M.S., M.B.A.
and Dr. David Frost, D.D.S., M.S.

This one-day workshop was 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. During the event, participants:
•    Identified common challenges faced by all international volunteer projects and potential best solutions to those challenges.
•    Called upon best practices to address project or site specific challenges to projects.
•    Contributed to the development of best practices guidelines for the conduct of international volunteer projects.

This workshop was sponsored by the ADA Foundation, International College of Dentists, Academy of Dentistry International Foundation, Aseptico, and Henry Schein.

The event recording are in four parts. Click the links below to view the recordings. 
Part 1 - Dr. Frank Serio, Introduction and Initial Comments
Part 2 - Breakout Session 1, Group Presentations and Summary
Part 3 - Dr. David Frost, Ethical Considerations
Part 4 - Breakout Session 2, Group Presentations and Summary

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.