Dear Dean / Program Director:

The Hispanic Dental Association (HDA), a national Association since 1990, is comprised of a diverse membership of oral health professionals, students, and others who have a passion for the mission of the HDA: As the leading voice for Hispanic oral health we provide service, education, advocacy, and
leadership for elimination of oral health disparities in the Hispanic community.

The Hispanic population is the fastest growing segment in the United States. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, there are 50.5 million Hispanics living in the U.S. One out of every six people in the U.S. is Hispanic. Unfortunately Hispanics are underrepresented in medical and dental professions, allied health field and academia. According to Hispanic Business, the percentage of Hispanics with bachelor’s or higher degrees has increased from 8.5 percent in 1985 to 13.2 in 2009, this is well below the general population that have such degrees. In many states across the country, we have reached a crisis in low Hispanic dental student enrollment. If together we do not do something now, the Hispanic community may suffer dire circumstances. If you are in an area that the Hispanic population represents over 25% of the population, we urge you to increase acceptance of Hispanic dental students to meet the demands of a rapidly growing Hispanic population.

One of the Association’s objectives is to increase the presence of Hispanic students and other students interested in serving Hispanic populations in the dental health sciences. We know that dental and dental hygiene schools throughout the United States share this concern, and we are asking you to join with us to advance the cause of oral health in the Hispanic Community by becoming an Institutional Member of the Hispanic Dental Association or renewing your previous membership. Through your participation, we can work together to give the underrepresented students a brighter future in the oral health professions.

The Annual Institutional Membership for the Hispanic Dental Association runs January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016. We hope that you will choose to add your support and energy to our effort.

2016 Institutional Partners

University of Maryland School of Dentistry

TUFTS University School of Dental Medicine

University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

 University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry

Midwestern University of Arizona College of Dental Medicine

Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health-A.T.Still University

University of Southern California-Ostrow School of Dentistry

Western University of Health Sciences-College of Dental Medicine

University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine

University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine

Augusta University Dental College of Georgia

University of Iowa College of Dentistry

University of New England College of Dental Medicine

University of Michigan School of Dentistry

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine

University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston

Marquette University School of Dentistry

Roseman University of Health Sciences-College of Dental Medicine

Rutgers School of Dental Medicine

Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Illinois

Univeristy of Tennessee College of Dentistry

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Dentistry

NOVA Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine

University of Louisville School of Dentistry

Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine

UCSF School of Dentistry

University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine