We have so many Hispanic Dental Association members who are offering their services and excelling every day. The problem is they are so modest, no one ever knows what all they do!

Here are a few, to get the HDA WALL OF SERVICE started. Please send information to jblake@hdassoc.org so we can keep this HDA Wall of Service going!

ADEA GIES Foundation Grant

Dr. Rosa Chaviano-Moran – HDA Secretary
Dr. Herminio Perez – HDA Board Trustee

Creating Awareness in Academic Dentistry

Dr. Rosa Chaviano-Moran and Dr. Herminio Perez were awarded a grant by the ADEA GIES foundation to implement a program designed to enhance awareness about careers in academia. The program was introduced in partnership with the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) at the Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM) 2017. The goal of the program is to educate, motivate, and excite dental, hygiene and other allied health students about careers in academic dentistry. The program is tailored to encourage students underrepresented in dentistry (LGBTQ, racial and ethnic minorities) to consider academic dental careers. The first conference was presented in collaboration with Dr. Eugenia Mejia from NYU College of Dentistry and Prof. Diana Macri from Hostos Community College. This workshop is sponsored by the ADEA GIES Foundation and is available to any dental or dental allied health school that is interested in providing this opportunity to their students and recent graduates. For more information please contact: Dr. Rosa Chaviano-Moran at chaviaro@sdm.rutgers.edu

2018 collaborations with the Hispanic Dental Association include a seminar in Puerto Rico June 22nd in conjunction with the HDA Healthcare Executive Development Academy (HEDA), the Center for Leadership and Learning and the University of Puerto Rico School of Dentistry. November 2018 brings the message back to the HDA Annual Conference during the Greater New York Dental Meeting.

Appointment to Texas State Board of Dental Examiners

Dr. Margo Melchor – Past HDA President and current Trustee to the HDA Foundation

Margo Melchor, R.D.H., M.Ed., Ed.D., Director of Community Outreach and Associate Professor for the School of Dentistry at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), was appointed to the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners that regulates the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene. Dr. Melchor’s appointment runs through Feb. 1, 2021.

Dr. Melchor is a past president of the Hispanic Dental Association, faculty advisor for the Hispanic Student Dental Association, and founding member/past president of the Greater Houston Hispanic Dental Association.

“Dr. Melchor’s appointment by Gov. Greg Abbott to the State Board of Dental Examiners reflects her incredible commitment to dentistry and the community. On local, state and national levels she has dedicated herself to helping others, and I know she will be an outstanding member of the board for the profession and the public,” said John Valenza, D.D.S., dean and The William N. Finnegan III Distinguished Professor in the Dental Sciences at UTHealth School of Dentistry.

National Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives (AHHE) Mentorship Program

Dr. Amarilis Jacobo – HDA Past President

Dr. Amarilis Jacobo has been chosen as a 2018 mentor of the national Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives (AHHE). Dr. Jacobo is a respected leader of the Dominican Dental Association, and the Hispanic Dental community. Her influence extends to many ethnic groups within Dentistry. Dr. Jacobo has not only served as president of the HDA and Dominican Republic Dental Association, but also has held positions within the ADA and NYSDA Association, where she works to ensure the continuation and development of New York State’s Medical program; the primary vehicle through which the underserved population receives Dental services.

She is the chair of the Pierre Fauchard Academy New York chapter and holds fellowships in the International College of Dentists, American College of Dentistry, and Pierre Fauchard Academy. She has received multiple citations from New York State Legislators, her peers and the community.

Dr Jacobo is very committed to community service. Locally she visits Elementary Dental Schools giving oral hygiene on Give Kids a Smile Day and participates in High School Career Days. She created the Dr. Amarilis Jacobo Award for the high school students.

Since 1992 she has visited different parts of the Dominican Republic providing Dental services. In 2016 she adopted Astin Jacobo Middle School at Ingenio Consuelo, San Pedro de Macoris with the project “Education Free of Cavities” by building a dental clinic on the school ground.

ADA 10 Under 10 Awards

Dr. Christina Meiners – HDA Board of Trustees

This award, given by the ADA, honors rising stars who have been out of school ten years or less. Recent graduates who are making a difference in the areas of science, research and education, practice excellence, philanthropy, leadership and advocacy. Dr. Meiners knew at an early age she wanted to be a dentist and was a participant in the Dental Early Acceptance Program at the age of 18.

Dr. Meiners one of ten chosen for this award out of over 200 nominees, is a graduate of University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 2010. Dr. Meiners’s passion for serving the underserved in her community goes beyond her full-time position at Communicare Health Center, as she also offers free dentistry, oral health screenings and oral health education at charitable events each year.

She is an active leader in her local ADA, HDA and AGD chapters.

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