Monthly Archives: April 2014

HDA Foundation: Deadline Extension Offered to Applicants

WASHINGTON, DC. April 29th, 2014– The Hispanic Dental Association Foundation announced today the extension of its Scholarship Application Deadline for all five scholarships currently available in the 2014-2015 Scholarship Program.

Scholarships were previously due (postmarked deadline) by May 1st but they are now due (new postmark date) on May 15th.

This extension is meant to motivate those students who may be eligible but did not know or did not have a chance to apply.

To access the scholarship applications, please visit www.hdassoc.org/hda-foundation/scholarship-program/ 

 

2014 HDA Regional Dental Student Conference in Chicago is a Success

2014 HDA Regional Dental Student Conference in Chicago is a Success

CHICAGO, IL. April 15, 2014—The Hispanic Dental Association Student Chapter at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry hosted the 2014 HDA Regional Dental Student Conference. The students participated in workshops focused on HDA core areas: service, education, advocacy and leadership.

More than 70 dental students from Western University, University of Illinois Chicago, A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, University of Detroit, Mercy, University of Michigan, University of Indiana, LECOM School of Dental Medicine, Tufts University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Columbia University, University of Mississippi, and University of Minnesota participated in the conference. The Hispanic Dental Association organized the event in partnership with student, professional, faculty HDA members in Chicago and with support from P&G and Crest Oral-B. Millie Mendez, Director of Student Services chaired the Regional Conference Committee to promote student engagement and inclusion.“The conference was a great opportunity for student leaders in the region to connect and through direct interaction and in a learning environment,” said David Peña, CEO and Executive Director of the Hispanic Dental Association.

Attendees reported that the conference exceeded their expectations, with 100% agreeing with the statement that because of this conference they are “more driven to promote the HDA’s mission of Service, Education, Advocacy and Leadership.”

What other students said about the conference…

For Event Photos See Post by Hispanic Dental Association.

Nominate Your Chapter or Colleagues for HDA Awards

The Board of Directors of the Hispanic Dental Association are proud to announce the 2014 Award Categories:
  • Hispanic Dental Association National Service Award- In special recognition of outstanding contribution, dedication, & leadership toward the elimination of oral health disparities
  • Colgate Palmolive / HDA National Faculty Award- Recognizes a faculty member who is a member of the Hispanic Dental Association and who has made contributions toward enhancing the overall quality of oral health for the Hispanic population by extending themselves beyond the scope of their position
  • Professional Chapter of the Year Award- Recognizes chapter activity and participation. Review Criteria: growth, engagement, programs, work with national, marketing
  • Student Chapter of the Year Award- Award to recognizes chapter activity and participation. Review Criteria: growth, engagement, programs, work with national, marketing
  • Hispanic Dental Association & Healthy Start (A BHG Foundation) National Outstanding Dental Practitioner Award- Recognizes an outstanding Dental Practitioner for providing direct service and exhibiting outstanding leadership in bringing and/or improving oral health in the Hispanic community
We encourage members to nominate an individual or chapter. A 500 word essay must be submitted via e-mail
to cgaleano@HDAssoc.org detailing the reason why the individual or chapter is deserving of a 2014 National Award. 

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED!
Deadline for nominations is May 1, 2014

BRIDGING THE ORAL CARE KNOWLEDGE GAP AMONG HISPANICS

BRIDGING THE ORAL CARE KNOWLEDGE GAP AMONG HISPANICS

Crest and the HDAF announce findings from re-fielded survey at Hispanicize 2014

MIAMI, April 2, 2014 – U.S. Hispanics’ knowledge about oral health has improved somewhat since 2011 according to a re-fielded national survey led by the Hispanic Dental Association Foundation (HDAF) and sponsored by Procter & Gamble (P&G) brand Crest®. However, barriers to accessing dental care and awareness about key oral health issues continue to be among the challenges Hispanics are facing in America. These new findings from the re-fielded “Hispanics Open up about Oral Health Care” survey were presented today at the influential event, Hispanicize.

“This survey was originally issued in 2011 and we felt it was time to get a pulse check on our efforts, so, we re-issued five questions from our survey in partnership with Crest, to re-examine the barriers, misperceptions and attitudes U.S. Hispanics have about their oral health,” said Sarita Arteaga, DMD, MAGD and President of the HDAF. “The challenges U.S. Hispanics still face includes, achieving good oral health, having misperceptions about their personal oral health, and gaining access to oral health care.”

Improvements in U.S. Hispanic oral health

The survey found some improvements amongst U.S. Hispanics in their general oral health knowledge. Specifically:

  • Only 21% of U.S. Hispanics currently are misinformed whether cavities will go away on their own if you brush regularly, which is a 30% decline since the 2011 survey1 (when 30% held this view)
  • 53% of U.S. Hispanics are misinformed if brushing is more important than flossing, an improvement from 68% in 20111

Barriers to better oral health still faced by U.S. Hispanics

When rating their personal oral health, and when responding to questions about specific oral health issues, the gaps between U.S. Hispanics and the General population still exist. Specifically:

  • U.S. Hispanics still remain less likely to rate their overall oral health as “excellent” or “good”: 65% vs. 72% of the General population1
  • One of the key barriers to better oral health for U.S. Hispanics still remains a lack of dental insurance: 48% vs. 39% among the General population1
  • 51% of U.S. Hispanics surveyed correctly understand that gingivitis will not go away on its own with brushing – still less than 67% recorded among the General population1

“Crest’s partnership with the HDAF continues to focus on identifying the oral health misperceptions among Hispanics in the U.S. in order to eventually provide solutions,” said R. Iván Lugo, DMD, MBA and P&G North America and Puerto Rico Region Manager for Professional and Scientific Relations Global Professional Oral Health Division. “As we continue to turn awareness into action, taking a quick pulse check on the state of Hispanic oral health helps to keep our plans moving in the right direction.”

In an effort to educate U.S. Hispanics about their oral health and meet their collective objectives, the HDAF and Crest have initiated several community and professional programs over the past several years including: roundtables with leaders in the dental industry, sessions on Capitol Hill with members of Congress and interactive consumer-facing events at cultural fairs in Hispanic-dominant regions. As an outcome of the re-issued survey, the HDAF and Crest have collaborated on infographics to demonstrate the knowledge gaps in an easy-to-digest way. These images will be shared in consulates in highly populated Hispanic areas to help bring additional awareness to understanding the importance of one’s oral health.

For more information on Crest’s latest products and offerings, please follow @CrestLatino. For more information on the survey, please visit www.HDASSOC.com.

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About the Hispanic Dental Association Foundation (HDAF)

The Hispanic Dental Association Foundation is a national, non-profit organization comprised of oral health professionals and students dedicated to promoting and improving the oral health of the Hispanic community and providing advocacy for Hispanic oral health professionals across the U.S. The Association works with a wide spectrum of individuals and organizations to communicate to Hispanic and non-Hispanic dental professionals, students and the public.

About Procter & Gamble

P&G serves approximately 4.8 billion people around the world with its brands. The Company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Ace®, Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Duracell®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Fusion®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Iams®, Lenor®, Mach3®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, Prestobarba®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, Wella®, and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

About Crest

A trusted leader in oral health, Crest was the first oral care brand to secure the ADA Seal of Acceptance for a clinically proven fluoride toothpaste.  Since first introducing fluoride toothpaste 54 years ago, it is estimated that Crest has helped prevent more than half a billion cavities in the United States. Headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, Crest is owned and distributed by Procter & Gamble.

“Hispanics Open Up About Oral Health Care” Survey Re-Field Methodology[i]
GfK Public Affairs & Corporate Communications interviewed approximately 1,000 U.S. Hispanics and 1,000 members of the U.S. General Public, ages 18-plus, online using GfK’s KnowledgePanel Omnibus Services from: January 16-21, 2014 (Hispanics) and January 17-19, 2014 (General Public).  Survey results were balanced to ensure that the age, gender, education and region of the participants reflected the Hispanic population and the general population in the U.S.  Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation; the margin of error is +/-5 percentage points (Hispanic sample) and +/-4percentage points (General Public) at the 95% confidence level.

The ‘Hispanics Open Up about Oral Health Care’ survey has been reviewed and accepted by the Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, and will publish in their Fall edition.

References:

  1. GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications, Hispanic Dental Association Foundation and Crest. “Hispanics Open Up About Oral Health Care.” 2014.

Media Contact:
Alexandra Tadeu
1-646-500-7842
Alexandra.tadeu@mslgroup.com

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[i] Both 2014 samples – Hispanics and General Public – are nationally representative of their respective populations.  It should be noted, however, that the 2011 survey employed a nationally representative RDD telephone sample design / mode, while the 2014 survey employed an online nationally representative design / mode (via the GfK KnowledgePanel).  Differences between the 2011 and 2014 waves should, therefore, be interpreted with caution.

Successful First HDA Regional Student Conference Hosted in San Antonio

The Hispanic Dental Association Hosted the
First HDA Regional Dental Student Conference in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO, TX. April 1, 2014—The Hispanic Dental Association Student Chapter at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School hosted the first 2014 HDA Regional Dental Student Conference. The students participated in leadership workshops and student panel discussions featuring postgraduate residency program directors and residents from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School. The conference focused on prepare students for leadership and community engagement in the HDA core areas of service, education, advocacy and leadership.

More than 50 dental and hygiene students from Baylor College of Dentistry, UT Health Science Center at Houston and San Antonio participated in the conference. The Hispanic Dental Association organized the event in partnership with student, professional and faculty HDA members in San Antonio, Dallas and Houston with support from P&G and Crest Oral-B. Dr. Adriana Segura, Trustee of the Board of HDA and Associate Dean for Student Affairs chaired the Regional Conference Committee to promote student engagement and inclusion.

“The event allowed for students to wrestle with leadership questions they don’t typically encounter until after graduation. This event encouraged many students to change the way they approach leadership and see themselves as proactive game-changes now in their communities and chapters,” said David Peña, CEO and Executive Director of the Hispanic Dental Association.

Attendees reported that the conference exceeded their expectations, with 80% agreeing with the statement that because of this conference “I am more driven to promote the HDA’s mission of Service, Education, Advocacy and Leadership.”

About the Hispanic Dental Association @HDAssoc                                     

The Hispanic Dental Association is a national, non-profit organization comprised of oral health professionals and students dedicated to eliminating oral health disparities in the Hispanic community by providing Service, Education, Advocacy, and Leadership. We are the leaders for Hispanic oral health providing Service, Education, Advocacy, and Leadership.

For event photos, please visit HDA’s Facebook page.