“Midyear Report”

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The Hispanic Dental Association hit the ground running and has not stopped yet. Ten committees were initiated and populated with HDA Board and members from around the country. (It is not too late to become a member of one of these committees.) Great things are happening and the HDA is on the move to carry HDA into the future of Oral Health Innovations and continuation of the HDA Mission. There is no better time to be an HDA member. Some highlights so far in 2018.

New and Revived Student Chapters

  • Marquette University School of Dentistry
  • The Ohio State University
  • Touro College of Dental Medicine
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

New Professional Chapters Forming

  • Pennsylvania Hispanic Dental Association
  • Los Angeles Hispanic Dental Association
  • Puerto Rico Hispanic Dental Association

HDA Headquarters

  • Closed Austin Office
  • Established a Washington, DC address
  • Established a satellite office in Reading, PA


  • Promoted Ms. Jen Blake to Managing Director
  • Hired Ms. Naydeen Mena as Administrative Assistant for Reading office
  • Dr. Ivan Lugo instated as Chief Learning Officer
  • Search Committee for Executive Director

Social Media/Website

  • All social media sites have been updated for professionals and students
  • New dentists’ social media platform created
  • Website main frame was changed and it is experiencing constant updates and improvements


  • Categories have been reviewed and updated as needed
  • Membership benefits continue to be increased

HDA Leadership has been present and involved at:

  • Yankee Dental Congress
  • ADA Diversity and Inclusion Committee Meeting
  • Chicago Midwinter Meeting
  • Georgia Hispanic Dental Meeting
  • American Student Dental Association (ASDA) Annual Conference
  • American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Annual Conference
  • Texas Dental Association Annual Conference
  • Special Olympics/Special Smiles Program of Illinois and National Program
  • Mom n PA Dental Mission in Reading, PA
  • Austin Hispanic Dental Meeting
  • Academy of General Dentistry Annual Conference
  • Society of American Indian Dentists Annual Conference
  • National Dental Association Annual Meeting
  • Massachusetts Hispanic Dental Association 8th Symposium in Dental Careers
  • ADA President-elects’ Conference
  • University of Puerto Rico Leadership Conference, HDA Healthcare Executive Development Academy (HEDA) and Service Project
  • UNIDOSUS/Red Nose Campaign/Webinar and Service Projects
  • Oral Health America Medicare Symposium

HDA Annual Conferences/Symposiums

  • September 8, 2018 – CHICAGO: Student Regional Conference University of Illinois School of Dentistry at Chicago
  • September 27 – 30, 2018 – PUERTO RICO: Mini Congress – Education, Service and Fun
  • November 23 – 26, 2018 – HDA ANNUAL CONFERENCE: During the Greater New York Dental Meeting - Full line up of education, governance and networking
  • April 10 – 14, 2019 – 2019 HDA ANNUAL CONFERENCE - Crystal City, VA (Right outside of Washington, DC.): In conjunction with the National Hispanic Medical Association – full line up of education and networking
  • 2019 – Student Regional Conference – LOS ANGELES: University of Southern California – date TBD


“We are continuing to work to improve the dental profession for Hispanics and to assist the needs of all Hispanic and underserved minorities”
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HDA Mission Statement

As the leading voice for Hispanic Oral Health we provide Service, Education, Advocacy and Leadership for promotion of Overall Health of the Hispanic and other under-served communities.



Hispanic Dental Association

A National Non-Profit we are the leaders for Hispanic Oral Health providing Service, Education, Advocacy and Leadership.








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