Monthly Archives: September 2014

HDA’s Website Now Mobile-Friendly

WASHINGTON, DC (September 22, 2014) —  The Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) has launched a more user-friendly website today. The website’s responsive design allows for optimal browsing and access across all platforms. The design is a result of HDA’s partnership with Hispanic Market Advisors®.

“This is a great opportunity for HDA members and friends to invite and share what we are doing across the country and do so through a mobile-friendly site from any desktop, tablet or smartphone.” said David Pena, CEO and Executive Director of the HDA.

As the HDA continues to adapt to our member’s needs and technology trends, the goal is to remain a leader in providing the latest information on oral health improvements and efforts that are helping eliminate oral health disparities in the Hispanic community.

HDA Goes Mobile-Friendly

Announcing The “Nuestros Niños” Contest

HDA Kicks-off Hispanic Heritage Month by Launching the Nuestros Niños Contest 

Students and Faculty Advisors are invited to help address oral health care issues with the HDA and Colgate.  

WASHINGTON, DC., September 15, 2014 — The Hispanic Dental Association launches Nuestros Niños today, a Colgate-sponsored contest through Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA) Chapters to address oral health care issues with Hispanic children under 6 years old. Students are invited to develop a creative program, tool or educational instrument based on Design Thinking methodology, that educates on the importance of dental care, good oral hygiene habits and dietary advice. Mothers of the children are to be involved in the testing and refinement of the program.

HSDA Chapters will submit their final ideas to Colgate by January 31, 2015 for consideration. The submission should include a written report detailing the idea, how is was developed, how the prototypes were tested, feedback on the initial prototypes how the feedback was incorporated into the final idea, why this will address the challenge successfully and a video on the use of prototypes and testing.

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel consisting of HDA members and Colgate employees and be evaluated on the following criteria; 1) the idea successfully addresses the challenge of increasing the engagement of Hispanic mothers in the oral health of their children, and 2) the idea is innovative, cost-effective with the ability to be implemented in Hispanic communities.

Winning Chapters will receive; 1st – $1,000 and a trip to the Colgate Technology Center (max 11), 2nd – $1,000, 3rd – $750.

RULES: Nuestros Niños Contest is open only to students at dental schools with Hispanic Student Dental Association chapters who are at least 18 years of age at the date of entry, as well as faculty mentor who will be considered the “Entrant.” Contest starts on August 22, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. ET and ends on January 31, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET. For entry and Official Rules visit click here. Total ARV of all prizes: $24,750. Odds of winning dependent on the number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited. Sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive Company, 300 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022. 

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New York Dentist and Hygienist Named to National Board

New York Dentist and Hygienist Named to National Board

Dr. Amarillis Jacobo elected as President-elect and Ms. Diana Macri to serve as
Trustees on the Board of the Hispanic Dental Association

 Las Vegas Nevada. August 2014– The Hispanic Dental Association announced this week the selection of New York resident Dr. Amarillis Jacobo as President Elect of the Association and Ms. Diana Macri as a member of the National Board of Trustees.  Both individuals join the association as representatives of the New York.

Dr. Amarilis Jacobo is one of the most respected leaders of the Dominican Dental Association, and the Hispanic Dental community. Her influence extends to many other ethnic groups within Dentistry. Dr. Jacobo is extremely loyal to the ADA and NYSDA and works tirelessly to promote organize Dentistry and the profession as a whole.

Diana Macri, RDH, BSDH, MS.Ed., MAADH is an Assistant Professor, Hostos Community College, Secretary of the New York Hispanic Dental Association and continues her work as  registered dental hygienist in a multi-specialty practice in Staten Island. She is the editorial director of RDH Graduate, a monthly newsletter that targets dental hygiene students and recent graduates new to the profession and co-author of the hygiene blog Empire Hygeniuses. She is a strong advocate for the profession and the Hispanic community.

“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Jacobo and Ms. Macri by our side. They embody the passion that HDA members have for service to the Hispanic community and I am confident that with their knowledge and energy, they will help us work to eliminate oral health disparities” said Dr. Tyrone Rodriguez, President of HDA.


About the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA)   @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.



HDA Online Store Now Available

HDA opens it’s new Online Store exclusively for members this week!

Among the items members can now purchase via our online store are scrubs, iPad sleeves, lab coats, bottles, tote bags, t-shirts and more.

As we launch this week, you can take advantage of Special prices. Select items have been discounted, including the Spectrum Scrub Top and Pant set, T-shirts and mugs until the end on the month.  This special price is an additional savings to the already low price that these items sell for regularly.

Check out all the items here:


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2014 Orgullo Competition Winners & Videos Announced

The Hispanic Dental Association and Crest Oral-B are pleased to announce that the University of Louisville, University of California San Francisco and the University of Maryland Hispanic Student Dental Association chapters are the winners of the 2014 Orgullo Competition for outstanding service and outreach in their community and top-scoring educational videos. The competition culminated with a Crest-Oral B Orgullo Reception and Video Release Session at the HDA 24th Annual Conference held in Las Vegas, NV on August 22.

Now in its 10th year, the poster-presentation portion of the Orgullo Contest has evolved into a video contest showcasing the creativity of 18 participating chapters who produced a 60-second educational video. The winning chapters received scores from three judges who evaluated their service activities performed during the Spring and Summer semesters as well as the quality and message of the video.

Chapter Prizes:

​1st place – University of Louisville School of Dentistry HSDA, $700

2nd place – University of Maryland School of Dentistry HSDA, $500

3rd place – University of California San Francisco, School of Dentistry HSDA, $300

“It was a great opportunity to showcase our service within the Louisville community and our efforts in spreading oral health awareness everywhere,” said Paulette Andrade, President of the University of Louisville School of Dentistry HSDA chapter. “We have come very far as a chapter and we are glad it has had an impact locally and nationally.”

“Every video and service activity the HSDA chapters executed demonstrates the essence behind their mission and why Crest Oral-B continues to support their efforts in addressing the gaps in oral health education that exist in many Hispanic communities,” said Dana Moon, RDH, Scientific Relations Manager. “We are very proud of their creative work and invite communities across the country to view and share these educational videos”.

About the Hispanic Dental Association

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.