Message from 2017 H.D.A. President
Dr. Frank Ramos

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I want to thank all our staff, corporate partners, affiliate associations, board and membership for your commitment to the H.D.A and our mission.  It has been an honor to serve as president. Gracias a mi familia de H.D.A.!

Some of the highlights for 2017 included:

Dynamic staff hired:

  • Part-time CEO/Executive Dr. Ivan Lugo
  • Part-time staff, Paola Romero Munoz
  • Full-time Director, Jen Blake

Programs completed include:

  • Columbia University Regional Student Conference
  • Nuestros Ninos student contest awards ceremony (sponsored by Colgate)
  • BOLD (student mentorship program) at the Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM) (sponsored by Colgate)
  • First Global Health and Technology Innovation Forum at GNYDM (sponsored by Dentsply Sirona) *
  • Inaugural Healthcare Executive Development Academy (HEDA) at GNYDM (Sponsored by Colgate and the GIES Foundation) *
  • Orgullo Hispanic Student Dental Association Challenge Competition (sponsored by Crest Oral-B)
  • Unidos US initiative “Health Smiles Healthy Future” (screening, exams and treatment of 1500 migrant families).

* The programs at the GNYDM had attendees from 28 different countries.
Sixteen hours of video was captured for later use and over $2000 in
membership dues were collected.

New membership dues structure was approved, and student growth has   
been at 86% over the last four years.

Future plans include reaching out to new sponsors, the second annual Healthcare Executive Development Academy and Global Health Technology Innovation Forum at the GNYDM, a student regional meeting in Chicago this Fall.  Many more endeavors to be announced this year under the leadership of Dr. Anna Munne, our 2018 HDA President.

Our future is bright as we continue to alleviate the disparities in the oral healthcare and impact communities and dental student throughout our nation.



Frank Ramos, DDS

2017 H.D.A. President


The H.D.A. looks forward to Dr. Ramos’ insight as he continues to serve on the Board of Trustees as the Immediate Past President.


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