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Why Do We Do What We Do? Because Dental Health Matters

December 16, 2015

The CDA is pleased to announce its newest program, Dental Health Matters. In an effort to help underserved communities and populations, this program will draw together all of the CDA’s efforts to advance the oral health of Coloradans. The CDA already has undertaken measures in pursuit of greater access to dental care as well as to enhance our profession’s profile as a force in shaping sensible public policy:

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How Did the 2015 Legislative Session Affect You?

By Jennifer Goodrum, Director of CDA Government Relations
 
Colorado’s 2015 state legislative session ran from Jan. 7 through May 6. As always, the CDA worked hard at the statehouse on your behalf. It was a busy – and productive – session for the dental profession. This year, the CDA was successful in enacting some reforms to insurer rating systems that will help ensure dentists are treated fairly and consumers have access to accurate information. In addition, the CDA monitored nearly 50 bills that had direct and indirect impacts on the dental profession. 

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Welcoming New Dental Colleagues

By Denise Kassebaum, D.D.S., M.S., dean of the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine
 
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the members and leadership of the Colorado Dental Association for your continued support of the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (SDM). Your participation in our educational programs, patient care activities, and student clubs and events, contribute to the education of tomorrow’s care providers. 

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Sunset Review: Anesthesia Rule Changes

By Jennifer Goodrum, CDA Director of Government Relations
 
During fall 2014 and spring 2015, the Colorado Dental Board conducted rulemaking hearings in order to implement the dental sunset review bill. The State Board established four related rulemaking committees: anesthesia; CE and fining; licensure; lasers, dental hygiene prescribing and dental laboratories. Ten committee meetings were held through the fall, as well as five rulemaking sessions. These meetings were open for dentist participation, and the CDA encouraged member dentists to attend and provide input.

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Leading in a Time of Change

By Gary Field, D.D.S., CDA President
 
My journey to leadership in the dental community started when I was an undergraduate at the University of Nebraska, as a sophomore pre-dent major. I was just elected as the president of the pre-dent club, and we had just met the dean of the dental school in Lincoln, who told us that he was making it a priority to actively recruit Nebraska resident students. Dean Cherrick had a way of communicating with students and was very personable and endearing; I looked to him as a mentor and as an ambassador of dentistry. 

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