CDA Foundation

The CDA Foundation programs and grants equip dental professionals to treat those who experience barriers to care. The Foundation has enjoyed many victories in the fight to decrease dental disease and increase dental health, improving the quality of life for countless Californians.

CDA Cares San Bernardino provides nearly $1.5 million in care
10/03/2019
Thousands of patients and volunteers flocked to the National Orange Show Events Center at the CDA Foundation’s 16th CDA Cares volunteer dental clinic to receive and provide dental care at no cost. Dentists and dental professionals performed 10,412 procedures, including fillings, extractions and cleanings, providing $1.46 million in care to 1,626 people. The event took place Sept. 27-28 in San Bernardino for the first time.
CDA Cares draws support from new presenting sponsor
09/10/2019
The CDA Foundation is gearing up for its 16th CDA Cares volunteer dental event with new and continued support from community members and key sponsors. The clinic will take place Sept. 27-28 at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino, Calif. About 1,950 people are expected to receive oral health care services at no cost, thanks to the support of generous sponsors including Delta Dental, Western Dental, Henry Schein, Planmeca, GES, The Dentists Insurance Company and The Dentists Supply Company.
An opportunity to volunteer in your own community
08/26/2019
The CDA Foundation’s volunteer-run dental clinic, CDA Cares, is coming to San Bernardino, and additional volunteers in clinical and nonclinical areas are needed to make the two-day event a success. Longtime volunteer Gary Glasband, DDS, says CDA Cares is a great opportunity for those with a skill who want to volunteer but who might not have the connections or know where to go.
CDA Foundation accepting donations for annual silent auction
08/09/2019
The CDA Foundation is seeking donations for this year’s annual silent auction at the CDA House of Delegates. Hosted annually in November, the auction gives members a chance to bid on and win great prizes and trips while helping the Foundation make a difference in the lives of others. Donated items can include wine, jewelry, artwork (paintings, pottery, glassware), timeshares, sporting event tickets, gift cards and more. The deadline for receipt of donated items is Sept. 1.
Former CDA Cares patient now regularly volunteers at clinics - with a big smile
08/01/2019
Catherine’s dental phobia was once so severe that dental advertisements or even passing a dental office could trigger a panic attack. Worse, her debilitating phobia kept her from seeing a dentist for over 10 years. Eventually, she developed a life-threatening oral infection and lived with it for over a year and a half. “I was in pain, but I was too scared to receive care,” said Catherine, a resident of Bakersfield, Calif.
Foundation grant recipients: Where are they now?
07/16/2019
In 2010, Vanessa Franks, DDS, became the 11th recipient of the CDA Foundation’s Student Loan Repayment Grant — a flagship program that aims to offset some of the financial burden of student loan debt in exchange for a three-year commitment by recipients to care for the underserved. Describing herself as “a natural caretaker with a strong inherent motivation to enrich the lives of others,” Dr. Franks said a career in public health had been a longtime goal.
Volunteer dentist prepares for CDA Cares clinic Sept. 27-28
07/09/2019
As committee chair of the upcoming CDA Cares clinic in San Bernardino, Gerald Middleton, DDS, oversees the recruitment of dental professionals and community volunteers, raises funds and identifies and secures pharmaceuticals and local dental lab equipment. A longtime member of CDA and an active volunteer at several past CDA Cares, Dr. Middleton is familiar with the amount of work and dedication required to ensure each event is a success.
Enjoy wine, music, historic home and vineyards in support of Foundation
06/21/2019
Wine and history enthusiasts and all those who relish the California outdoors are invited to the home of Philip Abeldt, DDS, and Cami Abeldt on Saturday, Aug. 24, for Vines for Smiles, an afternoon of savoring local wines and great food accompanied by live music. Guests will also have an opportunity to tour the Abeldts’ home and surrounding vineyards in Lodi, Calif.
Foundation accepting applications for Student Loan Repayment Grant
05/24/2019
Recent dental school graduates and students who will soon graduate from dental school can apply now through July 31 for the CDA Foundation’s 2019 Student Loan Repayment Grant. Awarded annually, the grant provides up to $35,000 per year for a maximum of $105,000 in exchange for the recipient’s three-year commitment to care for the underserved. The application period closes at 11: 59 p.m., Wednesday, July 31.
Dentists, dental professionals: Registration open for CDA Cares San Bernardino
05/10/2019
The CDA Foundation’s volunteer-run dental program, CDA Cares, is coming to San Bernardino, Calif., Sept. 27-28, and online registration for the clinic is now open. Around 1,950 people who experience barriers to dental care receive no-cost services and oral health education at each CDA Cares. The September clinic will take place at the National Orange Show Events Center.
After wildfires, California dentists make progress, recall generosity
05/06/2019
Five months after the catastrophic Camp and Woolsey wildfires tore through more than 250,000 acres in Northern and Southern California, life and work are far from routine for dentists who lost their practices or homes — or both — in the fires. But many are beginning to find some semblance of daily structure and make long-term plans with the help of their colleagues and the dental community.
Humanitarian Award recognizes dentists for volunteer commitment, leadership
04/08/2019
April 1 through June 30, CDA members or component dental society executive directors can nominate a California-licensed dentist for the 2019 CDA Foundation Humanitarian Award. Each year, the Humanitarian Award recognizes one individual for a lifetime of volunteer commitment and leadership that have had a broad impact on oral health and the improvement of the human condition.
Enjoy food, fun and camaraderie with the CDA Foundation at upcoming events
04/04/2019
Show your support for the CDA Foundation and its two flagship programs — CDA Cares, the volunteer dental program, and the Student Loan Repayment Grant — by attending two upcoming events featuring great food, wine, sightseeing and fun with friends. Wine and Dine for Smiles takes place April 13 in Sonoma County, and the 11th annual Ken Sanford, DDS, Memorial Ride takes place June 27-30 in California’s scenic Eastern Sierra.
CDA Cares Solano provides nearly $1.3 million in oral health care
03/12/2019
The CDA Foundation’s volunteer dental clinic, CDA Cares, provided nearly $1.3 million in charitable dental services to 1,491 people at the Solano County Fairgrounds March 8-9. During the two-day event, dentists and dental professionals performed 8,955 procedures, including fillings, extractions and cleanings. Additionally, the clinic provided patients with oral health education.
Nonprofit organizations can receive up to $25K in dental materials and supplies
02/27/2019
Nonprofit organizations can apply now through March 31 for the CDA Foundation’s Dental Materials & Supplies Grant. In partnership with Henry Schein Cares, the program provides between $5,000 and $25,000 of in-kind goods per year for two years to selected organizations. These goods are deemed necessary for dental operations and oral health services.
Presenting sponsors dedicated to helping underserved
02/21/2019
The 15th CDA Cares is around the corner and several major sponsors have stepped up to make the clinic another success. The CDA Foundation’s volunteer dental event is March 8-9 at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo, and about 1,950 people will receive oral health care at no cost thanks to the support of generous sponsors including Solano County, Henry Schein, Western Dental, Planmeca and The Dentists Insurance Company.
Appreciative patients share stories of pain relieved, smiles restored
02/01/2019
In just over a month, CDA Cares volunteers will deliver no-cost dental services to an estimated 1,950 individuals who experience barriers to care. Over two days, March 8-9, at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo, Calif., dentists, hygienists, lab technicians, dental assistants and other professionals will volunteer their services and time, providing cleanings, extractions, root canals, dentures, triage and oral health education. The Foundation still seeks volunteers in all clinical areas, especially oral surgeons, lab techs and nurses and physicians for medical triage.
Foundation accepting applications for 2019 Dugoni Faculty Award
01/24/2019
The application deadline for the 2019 Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award has been extended to Tuesday, April 30. Each year, the CDA Foundation accepts applications for the Dugoni Faculty Award, named for Arthur A. Dugoni, DDS, MSD, and his vast accomplishments in dental education and organized dentistry. Applicants must hold a full- or part-time teaching position and be connected with a dental program associated with a California dental school.
'I always leave CDA Cares with renewed pride in my profession'
01/11/2019
Fairfield native James Sanderson, DDS, was made for his role as chair of the CDA Cares Solano Local Arrangements Committee. Not just because he’s a longtime resident of Solano County, with the extensive community connections that are so critical to creating a successful volunteer-run dental clinic, but also because he’s done this before.
CDA Foundation honors humanitarian for lifetime of service
12/20/2018
From Sacramento to China, Herbert Yee, DDS, recipient of the 2018 CDA Foundation Humanitarian Award, has served his community through dentistry, mentoring, leadership and philanthropy. Dr. Yee, a CDA member for seven decades, practiced dentistry in Sacramento for 54 years and inspired many students, including 20 family members spanning three generations, to become dentists.
Loan repayment grant recipient’s life experiences define passion to serve
12/18/2018
The CDA Foundation has named Andrea Ustarez, DDS, the recipient of its 2018 Student Loan Repayment Grant. Awarded annually to a recent dental school graduate, the grant assists with repayment of education loans in exchange for the recipient’s commitment to care for the underserved. Dr. Ustarez will receive up to $105,000 over three years to put toward repayment of her student loans while she realizes her goal of working in public health.
Organized dentistry protects colleagues suffering wildfire losses
12/05/2018
California’s 2018 wildfires damaged and destroyed property and claimed lives in many areas throughout the state. The Nov. 8 Camp Fire in Paradise is the most destructive in state history, claiming at least 85 lives and burning nearly 19,000 structures. The fire chewed through 153,336 acres — homes, schools, churches and businesses, including nine dental practices and one clinic.
Dentists, dental professionals: Registration open for CDA Cares Solano
11/29/2018
CDA Cares, the CDA Foundation’s volunteer-run dental clinic, returns March 8-9 to the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo, Calif., and volunteers can now register online to provide their oral health care services at the two-day event. General dentists, oral surgeons, dental hygienists, dental assistants, lab technicians and community volunteers are needed to provide services that include extractions, fillings, cleanings, oral health education and language translation.
Help create smiles: Support Foundation through the holidays
11/23/2018
AmazonSmile and Giving Tuesday offer two ways to support the CDA Foundation and its oral health programs this holiday season. As the philanthropic arm of CDA, the Foundation offers financial support to dental professionals and community-based organizations that provide dental care to underserved communities. To support oral health programs, choose “CDA Foundation” as your charity when you shop with AmazonSmile or donate to the Foundation this #GivingTuesday.
Financial assistance available to dentists impacted by California wildfires
11/16/2018
The CDA Foundation is accepting applications for the Disaster Relief Grant. The grant assists dentists, dental staff and component staff members with immediate and emergency needs as a direct result of the Camp Fire in Northern California’s Butte County and the Woolsey and Hill fires affecting Ventura and Los Angeles counties. The one-time, single-installment grant provides financial assistance of up to $5,000. Applicants who have lost a home may request additional funds for dependent, immediate family members.
CDA Cares Modesto delivers dental care to 1,533 people
11/01/2018
The CDA Foundation has wrapped up another successful CDA Cares in Modesto. The volunteer clinic provided more than $1.6 million in care to 1,533 people during the Oct. 27-28 event at the Modesto Centre Plaza — the same location as the very first CDA Cares event held in 2012. Nearly 1,800 volunteers donated their time and skills, including hundreds of dentists and dental health professionals who provided fillings, cleanings, extractions, limited dentures and more.
Walk-in volunteers welcome at CDA Cares Modesto Oct. 26-27
10/25/2018
The CDA Foundation’s volunteer-run dental clinic, CDA Cares, will take place Oct. 26-27 at the Modesto Centre Plaza. Dentists (restorative, pediatric and oral surgeons) and dental and medical professionals, including dental assistants, doctors and nurses, as well as community volunteers who can guide patients and assist with language translation, should first read the volunteer FAQ for general information and requirements.
Major sponsors show generous support of CDA Cares
10/19/2018
Thanks to several major sponsors who have made significant donations of equipment and resources, around 2,000 patients will receive cleanings, fillings, extractions and a limited number of full and partial dentures at CDA Cares, the CDA Foundation’s volunteer-run dental clinic coming to Modesto Oct. 26-27. Those sponsors include Henry Schein, GES, Planmeca USA and Western Dental.
Dental professionals impacted by wildfires can apply for disaster relief grant
10/11/2018
To help dental professionals in need, the CDA Foundation in early August established a Disaster Relief Grant for individuals — a one-time, single-installment grant that provides financial assistance of up to $5,000 for immediate and emergency needs (food, shelter, clothing, etc.) as a direct result of the 2018 California wildfires. Grant funds are still available.
Calling dental volunteers for CDA Cares Modesto Oct. 26-27
09/25/2018
The CDA Foundation’s volunteer-run dental clinic, CDA Cares, is fast approaching and the Foundation is still in need of volunteers in clinical and nonclinical areas. Endodontists, medical triage volunteers, oral surgeons and prosthodontists are specifically needed to help make the Oct. 26-27 event at the Modesto Centre Plaza a success.
CDA Cares set to return to Modesto, site of first clinic
09/18/2018
After six years and 13 clinics, CDA Cares, the volunteer-run dental program hosted by the CDA Foundation, is preparing for a return to Modesto, Calif. — site of the inaugural clinic in 2012. And while every CDA Cares can be considered successful in terms of the number of patients served — 1,950 on average — and the number of no-cost dental services provided, longtime volunteers say a lot has changed since the first clinic took shape in the Central Valley city.
Dental professionals impacted by wildfires can apply for disaster relief grant
08/06/2018
To help dental professionals in need, the CDA Foundation has established a Disaster Relief Grant for individuals — a one-time, single-installment grant that provides financial assistance of up to $5,000 per California dentist, dental staff member currently employed in the dental field or CDA component dental society staff member. The grant is for immediate and emergency needs as a direct result of the 2018 California wildfires.
Calling dental volunteers: Register today for CDA Cares Modesto
07/10/2018
After six years and 13 clinics, CDA Cares, the CDA Foundation’s volunteer dental program, returns to Modesto — site of the inaugural clinic in spring 2012. Registration for the Oct. 26-27 clinic at the Modesto Centre Plaza is now open, and the Foundation seeks volunteer dentists, including oral surgeons, periodontists and pedodontists, to help ensure the event meets its goal: to provide dental services at no charge to individuals while educating the public and policymakers about the importance of good oral health.
Foundation grant recipients: Where are they now?
07/06/2018
Aisha Amin, DMD, was just beginning her career in community health when she received the CDA Foundation’s 2014 Student Loan Repayment Grant. The 2013 graduate of A.T. Still University, School of Health Management started practicing at Family HealthCare Network in the town of Woodlake in Tulare County and transferred in fall 2014 to the Visalia FHCN clinic, where she remains today. Over the last several years she has advanced from a general dentist to the assistant dental director and is now the network’s dental director.
Support CDA Foundation programs through three unique events
06/01/2018
This summer, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy great meals and a mix of activities among friends and peers in three distinct landscapes — all while helping to support the CDA Foundation's two flagship programs: CDA Cares, the volunteer-run dental clinic that provides dental services at no charge to Californians, and the Student Loan Repayment Grant. Read on for a brief description of each event and details on how to save your spot.
CDA Foundation annual report highlights impact of key programs
05/25/2018
The CDA Foundation has published its annual report highlighting the health, hope and happiness provided to individuals in 2017 through ongoing Foundation programs, including two student loan repayment grants, the Dental Materials and Supplies Grant and CDA Cares — the volunteer-run dental clinic held twice annually in communities throughout California.
Recent dental school graduates can receive up to $105K for loan repayment
05/07/2018
Applications are being accepted as of May 1 for the CDA Foundation’s 2018 Student Loan Repayment Grant. Given annually since 2002, the grant program helps recent dental school graduates offset the financial burden of student loan debt while they pursue careers in public or community health. The award provides up to $35,000 per year and a maximum of $105,000 over three years to be applied toward repaying the dentists’ educational loan.
CDA Cares Anaheim clinic delivers dental care to 2,019 people
05/04/2018
The CDA Foundation’s volunteer dental clinic, CDA Cares, provided $1,537,951 in charitable dental services to 2,019 people during the April 27-28 event at the Anaheim Convention Center. During the two-day event, dentists and dental professionals provided more than 11,858 procedures, including fillings, extractions, cleanings and oral health education.
Presenting sponsors line up to support CDA Cares Anaheim
04/11/2018
With new and continued support from community members and key sponsors like Global Experience Specialists, Henry Schein, Planmeca USA, Sota Imaging, Western Dental, The Dentists Insurance Company and The Dentists Service Company, CDA Cares is now gearing up for its 13th volunteer dental event April 27-28 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Nominate a dentist for the 2018 CDA Foundation Humanitarian Award
04/05/2018
CDA members or component dental society executive directors are encouraged to nominate a California-licensed dentist for the 2018 CDA Foundation Humanitarian Award. Each year the Humanitarian Award recognizes an individual for his or her lifetime of volunteer commitment and leadership that has had a broad impact on oral health and the improvement of the human condition or for actions that have enabled the dental profession to respond more fully to the individual needs of people at the local, state, national or international level.
CDA Cares 'brings the profession closer together as a whole'
03/22/2018
As chair of the Anaheim CDA Cares Local Arrangements Committee, John Taylor, DDS, oversees a committee that helps recruit volunteers from the dental profession and general community, raises funds and secures pharmaceuticals and local dental lab equipment before the CDA Foundation’s two-day dental clinic opens its doors April 27 at the Anaheim Convention Center. CDA spoke with Taylor about his past experiences in the clinics, preparations for CDA Cares Anaheim and the regional need for the clinic.
CDA Cares Anaheim is almost here — share why you care in 3 steps
03/01/2018
Thousands of Californians receive no-cost dental treatment at CDA Cares, the CDA Foundation’s biannual clinic. For some of these individuals, the treatment is life-changing, but the lives of volunteers are also changed by giving others health, hope and happiness. CDA Cares comes to Anaheim April 27–28. If you volunteer for or donate to CDA Cares, you can easily share why you care with our social media toolkit.
Dental Materials & Supplies Grant awards up to $25K of in-kind goods
02/16/2018
The CDA Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2018 Dental Materials & Supplies Grant. In partnership with Henry Schein Cares, this program supports nonprofit organizations with the dental supplies and materials they need to provide oral health services to underserved individuals in their communities.
Far-flung relatives witness patient's first glimpse of smile at CDA Cares
02/08/2018
In the small, close-knit Tongan community in Hayward and the surrounding region, word spread rapidly about a no-cost dental clinic that would visit nearby San Mateo in spring of 2017. Among those who learned about the CDA Foundation’s two-day, volunteer-run biannual clinic was a woman named Eva.
Ken Sanford Memorial Ride set for scenic Oregon
02/02/2018
A few changes to the program for the Ken Sanford Memorial Ride, an annual motorcycle and bicycle ride that benefits two key CDA Foundation programs, will allow everyone who attends the event to enjoy the sights and activities that appeal to them most. Baker City, Oregon, is the setting for this year’s event, which takes place Sept. 16-18.
Apply for the 2018 Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award of up to $5K
01/26/2018
The CDA Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2018 Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award. The Foundation presents the award annually to a faculty member affiliated with any of the six dental schools in California to acknowledge that individual’s exceptional leadership, innovation, collaboration, compassion, philanthropic spirit and integrity in dental education.
Growth brings rewards for two dental student volunteers at CDA Cares
01/18/2018
Between the two of them, Jesica Gonzalez and Walter Fuentes, both third-year dental students, have volunteered at 10 CDA Cares clinics. As the Bakersfield natives have progressed in school — Gonzalez at UCSF School of Dentistry and Fuentes at UCLA School of Dentistry — they and others have seen their capabilities evolve at the CDA Foundation’s biannual two-day clinic, which provides oral health care services at no charge to underserved communities.
Stockton-based dentist with ‘huge heart for the underserved’ receives humanitarian award
12/15/2017
Not even an oral cancer diagnosis in 2012 could slow down Lester Low, DDS, recipient of the 2017 CDA Foundation Humanitarian Award. Early diagnosis and treatment helped Dr. Low beat squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue, but throughout his treatment he continued to volunteer his time and services for several organizations in the San Joaquin Valley, a few with which Low has been volunteering for more than 20 years.
Winner of 2017 Dugoni faculty award will use funds to engage students
12/08/2017
Richard Fredekind, DMD, MA, executive associate dean at Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry, has received the 2017 Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award in acknowledgment of his exceptional leadership, innovation, collaboration, compassion, philanthropic spirit and integrity in dental education. “This award will help me, and us, continue teaching students effectively,” says Fredekind, who hopes to apply the funds toward the purchase of technology.
'Double' your donations this #GivingTuesday through matching funds
11/28/2017
The CDA Foundation is participating in #GivingTuesday on Nov. 28 with an effort to raise funds for CDA Cares, which provides dental services at no charge to Californians who experience barriers to care. Donations made through the CDA Cares Facebook page on this global day of giving can be matched up to $50,000 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Student Loan Repayment Grant recipient to advocate for underserved
11/22/2017
For Daniel Ramirez, DDS, personally encountering barriers to care in his early years ignited a passion for health care and an appreciation for the importance of diversity within the field. Dr. Ramirez, recipient of the CDA Foundation’s 2017 Student Loan Repayment Grant, grew up with two siblings and a disabled mother whose income was more than 500 percent below the poverty level. But he says he now embraces this adversity.
CDA supports dental communities in natural disasters
11/16/2017
In response to recent natural disasters in California, Texas, Florida and the Caribbean, CDA has provided financial donations to help dental professionals with relief efforts. CDA donated $10,000 to assist the Colegio de Cirujanos Dentistas de Puerto Rico with disaster relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria that struck the U.S. territory in late September. Additionally, CDA and TDIC made donations to dental associations to assist with relief efforts, including $40,000 to the Texas Dental Association in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
CDA Foundation establishes disaster relief grant for dental professionals
10/13/2017
The loss of life and devastating damage caused by the Northern and Southern California area wildfires is heartbreaking to say the least. Thousands have been affected as the fires ravage through their lives — destroying homes, businesses, schools and entire communities. Already, several dentists and their staff members have lost their homes.
CDA Cares provides $1.25 million in care, marks 12th successful event
10/12/2017
The Oct. 6-7 CDA Cares event in Bakersfield marked the CDA Foundation’s 12th successful volunteer dental clinic — providing more than $1.25 million in care to 1,506 people over two days at the Kern County Fairgrounds. In addition to providing oral health care services at no charge to those in need, CDA Cares educates the public and policymakers about the importance of good oral health and the need for a well-functioning Denti-Cal program.
View stories, photos at CDA Cares Social Hub
10/08/2017
CDA Cares Bakersfield wrapped up Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Kern County Fairgrounds, but volunteers and supporters can still catch up on stories shared during the clinic. To view and post photos and stories, visit the CDA Cares Social Hub, a live feed that captures social media posts using the #cdacares hashtag.
Sponsors contribute to CDA Cares Bakersfield
09/21/2017
Three key sponsors have stepped up to support the next CDA Cares set for Oct. 6–7 at the Kern County Fairgrounds in Bakersfield. Henry Schein Dental and Western Dental are longtime supporters of CDA Cares, contributing $50,000 pledges, a volunteer workforce and equipment and supplies for the events. Patterson Dental also stepped up with a pledge valued at $50,000 to help ensure the Bakersfield clinic is successful.
Giving back: Associations magnify dentists' community impact
09/15/2017
The heart of dentistry is the unyielding desire to help others. A commitment to improving the oral health of all Californians is why many CDA members entered the profession, and it’s why so many dentists are passionate about giving back to their communities. Whether through volunteer efforts, advocacy or leadership, CDA can help act as a conduit for those looking to make a difference.
Volunteer completes dental school to provide services at CDA Cares
09/13/2017
Dentistry is not the first career for Debra Peterson, DMD. She enjoyed a long career in the nursery and landscaping industries before her volunteer stints in dentistry — first for CDA Presents and then CDA Cares — inspired her to put down the landscaping tools, at least part-time, and take up new some shiny new instruments.
With high unemployment, Kern County welcomes volunteer dentists
09/05/2017
Having retired in April after 49 years in private practice as a general dentist, Robert Reed, DDS, says, “I now have a lot more time to work on CDA Cares!” CDA recently spoke with Reed about his past experience with CDA Cares, preparations for CDA Cares Bakersfield and the high need for this event in Kern County.
Dentist brings craft and heart to CDA Cares
08/09/2017
Stephen Abbott, DDS, an 11-time CDA Cares volunteer, came to the San Mateo event last April bearing gifts — hand-carved wooden hearts. The Chico-based dentist provided his volunteer dental services in the restoration department, then ended every procedure by presenting each of his patients with the gift of a hand-carved heart and a hand-written note.
Father-daughter duo to volunteer at next CDA Cares
07/20/2017
Retired dentist Bob Chiurazzi, DDS, and his daughter Heather Chiurazzi, a first-year dental student at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry, volunteer side by side at CDA Cares and have missed volunteering just once since CDA Cares held its first event in Modesto in 2012. The pair looks forward to working together again in the oral surgery department at CDA Cares Bakersfield, Oct. 6–7.
Nominate a dentist for Humanitarian Award by June 30
06/02/2017
The CDA Foundation Humanitarian Award recognizes California dentists who have distinguished themselves through a lifetime of outstanding unselfish leadership and contributions to fellow human beings in the field of dentistry. Nominations for the award will be accepted through June 30.  The nomination form and guidelines are available on the CDA Foundation website.
Volunteers, community changed by CDA Cares San Mateo
05/19/2017
As the early morning sun slipped through the fog hovering over San Francisco Bay on April 22, thousands of dental professionals and community members began slipping into the San Mateo Event Center for CDA Cares, the Foundation’s biannual volunteer dental program. Some were there to volunteer their time and expertise, while others lined up at the gate to be escorted inside for dental services offered at no charge.
Student Loan Repayment Grant offers up to $105K
05/10/2017
The weight of student loan debt can make a desired career in public or community health difficult to impossible for new dentists. To offset some of this financial burden as well as help new graduates realize their chosen careers, the CDA Foundation awards the Student Loan Repayment Grant annually to a recent dental school graduate. Applications for the 2017 grant are now open.
Dentists provide $1.6M in donated care
04/24/2017
Charitable dental services totaling nearly $1.6 million were provided to 1,973 people at CDA Cares in San Mateo, thanks to more than 2,300 volunteers, including 930 dentists and dental professionals and hundreds of dental students and community members, who donated their time and services to the event held April 22-23.
Sponsors make 'powerful' pledges to CDA Cares
04/03/2017
More than 20,000 people to date have benefited from $16.4 million in dental services provided by CDA Cares, thanks to the support of community members like Henry Schein, Western Dental, San Mateo County and TDIC, the key sponsors of the CDA Foundation’s next Cares event set for April 22-23 at the San Mateo Event Center located on the San Francisco Peninsula.
03/24/2017
The CDA Foundation reminds readers that applications for the Dental Materials & Supplies Grant and nominations for the Dr. Aurthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award will close Friday, March 31. The Foundation offers financial support to dental professionals and community-based organizations that provide dental care to underserved communities. One of the ways the Foundation offers support is through its grants, awards and scholarships.
Momentum builds for CDA Cares San Mateo
02/28/2017
Preparations for the San Mateo event have been in the works for nearly a year, with local organizers busy with behind-the-scenes details such as fundraising and garnering supplies and volunteer meals. Carliza Marcos, DDS, chair of the local arrangements committee, says that in addition to renewed interest among the army of “regulars” who donate time at CDA Cares, there’s a buzz among new volunteers who plan to experience the event for the first time.
Applications open for grants and awards
02/13/2017
The CDA Foundation offers financial support to dental professionals and community-based organizations across the state that provide dental care to underserved communities. The Foundation is currently accepting applications and nominations for: Dental Materials & Supplies Grant; Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award; and CDA Foundation Humanitarian Award.
CDA Cares volunteers sought for San Mateo event
01/31/2017
“One of the things that I love about being a dentist is working in a profession filled with compassionate and caring people,” Carliza Marcos, DDS, says. “This spring, we will have a unique opportunity to express our commitment to helping those less fortunate in our community.” Marcos is chair of the San Mateo CDA Cares Local Arrangements Committee. CDA Cares will be held April 22-23 in San Mateo.
Ride to benefit CDA Foundation
01/26/2017
Save the date: The 9th Annual Ken Sanford, DDS, Memorial Motorcycle/Bicycle Ride to benefit two CDA Foundation programs will take place April 27-30 in San Clemente. The rides may be the highlight of the event, but those who don’t ride are encouraged to attend to access world-class C.E. opportunities, spend time with peers and enjoy activities in the area.
Your holiday shopping can benefit the CDA Foundation
11/23/2016
Online shoppers who also enjoy donating to charitable organizations can do both — at no extra cost — through the CDA Foundation’s partnership with AmazonSmile. The website has the same products and prices as Amazon.com, but donates 0.5 percent of the price of eligible purchases to charitable organizations chosen by the AmazonSmile customer.
Recipients of 2016 CDA Foundation awards announced
11/11/2016
Two ways the CDA Foundation gives are through community grants and educational scholarships. Over the years, these awards have enabled thousands of people to receive more than $109 million in care. The CDA Foundation has announced the recipients of four annual awards and educational scholarships.
Dentists provide $1.8 million in donated care
10/17/2016
Dentists and dental team members provided nearly $1.8 million in volunteer oral health care services to 2,066 people Oct. 15-16 at CDA Cares in Stockton. During the two-day event at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, they performed 14,178 dental procedures, including fillings, extractions, cleanings and oral health education.
Hospitals see value in supporting oral health
09/29/2016
Hospital systems have been critical supporters of CDA Cares since 2013. Every year, due to the lack of effective and adequately funded government safety net programs, thousands of individuals seek treatment for dental pain and infection in hospital emergency rooms, compounding an already strained system.
UCSF dental students to volunteer at CDA Cares Stockton
09/01/2016
Soon after the last classes let out at the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry on Friday, Oct. 14, 76 dental school students will board a bus for the 90-minute ride to Stockton, for the CDA Cares event.
Couples enjoy working side by side at CDA Cares
08/23/2016
Among the more than 14,000 volunteers who have generously donated their time and skills to CDA Cares are couples who enjoy working side by side at the events hosted by the CDA Foundation.
Henry Schein Dental steps up big again for CDA Cares
08/04/2016
After donating $100,000 in supplies at the last two CDA Cares events, Henry Schein Dental and Henry Schein Cares have committed to another large donation.
CDA Cares returns to Central Valley
07/19/2016
After a successful event in Ventura in April, CDA Cares returns to the Central Valley in October. CDA Cares Stockton will take place Oct. 15-16 at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds and provide for a population in dire need of oral health care.
New bill opens student loan repayment funds
07/11/2016
A CDA-sponsored bill aims to make it easier for dental school graduates to access funds available in the state’s Dental Corps Loan Repayment Program and recently earned unanimous approval from the state Assembly.
Former Student Loan Repayment Grant recipient pays it forward
06/17/2016
Every year, the CDA Foundation awards one new dentist with a Student Loan Repayment Grant to help repay his or her dental education loan. To date, the grant program has not only provided financial support for 16 dentists across the state, it has motivated them to give back to their communities, and Stephanie Calvillo, DDS, the 2013 Student Loan Repayment Grant recipient, is a good example of that.
Dentists, Henry Schein employee give man second chance
05/24/2016
Matt Scott was at the Henry Schein Dental offices in Chatsworth when the landlord for the building barged in and told the staff that he was acting on all the issues that had been brought to his attention, such as skateboarders. As he was leaving, he also said, “Don't worry, I have also called the police on the homeless guy who is sleeping out back and he is going to be arrested and his dog taken to the pound.”
Earn C.E. at the 8th Annual Ken Sanford, DDS, Memorial Ride
05/02/2016
The eighth annual Ken Sanford, DDS, Memorial Motorcycle & Bicycle Ride will take place June 17-19 in the heart of the Central Coast’s wine country. Whether you ride, bike or drive, you can be part of the perfect getaway in Paso Robles. Earn C.E. in the morning and spend the afternoon exploring exceptional restaurants, shops, tasting rooms, sightseeing and more.
CDA Cares Ventura delivers $1.5 million in care
04/18/2016
The CDA Foundation’s volunteer dental clinic, CDA Cares, provided $1.5 million in charitable dental services to 1,884 people during the April 16-17 event at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.
CDA Cares: The gift of sharing your talents
03/21/2016
When Richard Nagy, DDS, walked into his first CDA Cares event in Pomona just over a year ago, he was impressed by the sight of the Fairplex-turned dental clinic and knew something great was going to happen over the next two days.
CDA Cares to help struggling populations in Ventura
03/04/2016

When most people hear Ventura County they think of an upper socioeconomic group, but there are still large, underserved populations struggling to receive proper oral health services in that area. Cuts to Medicaid and Denti-Cal have had a negative effect on that population when it comes to health care, particularly oral health care. To help combat this, the CDA Foundation is bringing its CDA Cares dental program to Ventura County on April 16 and 17 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

CDA Foundation grant, scholarship application period open
02/24/2016
The CDA Foundation offers financial support to dental professionals and community-based organizations statewide that provide dental care to underserved communities. Grants and scholarships are available throughout the year with various deadlines and submission periods.
Volunteer recruiting underway for CDA Cares Ventura
01/20/2016
Ventura County is like most areas in California's coastal valleys - it has a significant agriculture population with many receiving health care through Medicaid and Denti-Cal. Mark Lisagor, DDS, practiced in Camarillo and Oxnard for many years and saw the need firsthand. But due to the low reimbursement rates and bureaucratic challenges of the Denti-Cal program, there aren't enough providers in the area to handle the need and many of those who are in pain end up in the emergency room.
CAMBRA treatment model expanding internationally
01/14/2016
The Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA) standard of care is expanding internationally. CAMBRA, which aims to diagnose and prevent caries through the process of assessing patients' risk for caries by examining various health and lifestyle factors as part of their regular dental checkup, is garnering interest from oral health professionals in Japan.
New CDA Foundation chair dedicated to serving the public
01/06/2016
Jean Creasey, DDS, didn't always plan to be a dentist, even long into her adult years. She enjoyed working as a dental hygienist at her husband's practice in Nevada City throughout the 80s and 90s. But she began to notice an alarming trend while volunteering at local school programs in remote areas of Nevada County: a rampant rate of caries in children due to an unmet need. It was then that she decided she wanted to make more of an impact on the lives of children like these and went back to school to become a dentist.
Your holiday shopping can help the CDA Foundation
11/20/2015
Those who enjoy shopping online and donating to charitable organizations can now do both at the same time. The CDA Foundation has partnered with AmazonSmile, a website operated by Amazon that has the same products and prices as Amazon.com, but donates 0.5 percent of the price of eligible purchases to charitable organizations selected by the customer.
CDA Cares volunteer reflects on past, passion to help
11/06/2015
Santos Cortez, DDS, was born in Tulare, Calif., a Central Valley town where his parents were farmworkers who came to the U.S. on a government program. Cortez and his parents lived on the farm where they picked fruit and vegetables. Cortez, who is now a pediatric dentist in Long Beach, recently returned to the Central Valley as a volunteer for CDA Cares Fresno. He couldn’t help but wonder whether he would have sat in the dental chair if CDA Cares had been available when he was a child.
CDA Foundation receives $25,000 from DentaQuest
10/30/2015
The CDA Foundation’s Student Loan Repayment Grant program received a $25,000 donation from DentaQuest to help a recent dental school graduate repay educational loans in exchange for working in an underserved community. As a flagship program of the Foundation, the Student Loan Repayment Grant offers $105,000 over three years in exchange for a commitment to care for the underserved.
Student loan recipients give back at CDA Cares
10/15/2015
Every year, the CDA Foundation awards one new dentist with the Student Loan Repayment Grant to help repay his or her dental educational loan. The grant, which provides up to $105,000 over three years in exchange for a commitment to care for the underserved, has not only provided financial support for 16 dentists across the state, it has motivated them to give back to their communities. Three recipients of the grant illustrated this by using their talents to give back to patients at CDA Cares in Fresno.
CDA Cares provides oral health services to 2,099 people
10/05/2015
Hosted by the CDA Foundation and CDA, the CDA Cares volunteer dental program provided more than $1.9 million in charitable dental services to 2,099 people Oct. 2-3 in Fresno. While final numbers are still being tallied, preliminary estimates indicate nearly 2,500 tooth extractions were necessary at CDA Cares in Fresno – a sad statistic, since dental disease is preventable.
09/28/2015
The CDA Foundation has announced the recipients of several 2015 awards and educational scholarships. Here are the 2015 recipients of the Student Loan Repayment Grant, Webb Family Grant, Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award, Bettie Underwood RDAEF-2 Scholarship and CDA Foundation Humanitarian Award.
Key sponsors line up to support CDA Cares Fresno
08/25/2015
To date, CDA Cares has provided $11.2 million in dental services to nearly 14,000 patients. This wouldn’t have been possible without the donations of the program’s major sponsors. CDA Cares Fresno is set to take place on Oct. 2-3 at the Fresno Convention Center and five key sponsors will help provide the necessary funding and resources needed for the dental professional volunteers to provide care.
Ride to benefit CDA Foundation
07/31/2015
The 7th annual Ken Sanford Memorial Motorcycle & Bicycle Ride to benefit the CDA Foundation is scheduled Sept. 3-6 in the eastern Sierra Nevada. Participants can ride through beautiful mountain passes — Sonora, Ebbetts Pass, Monitor Pass and Carson — while raising money for the Foundation and its two flagship programs, CDA Cares and the Student Loan Repayment Grant.
Student Loan Grant application deadline near
07/13/2015
The deadline for the CDA Foundation’s Student Loan Repayment Grant is July 31. The CDA Foundation awards selected recent dental school/specialty graduates with the Student Loan Repayment Grant to help repay their educational loan of up to $35,000 per year for a maximum of $105,000 over three years in exchange for a commitment by recipients to care for the underserved.
Henry Schein makes $100,000 product donation to CDA Cares
06/26/2015
Henry Schein Dental has provided its largest single, ongoing donation to CDA’s statewide charity dental event, CDA Cares. Schein, which provides health care products and services to office-based dental, medical and animal health practitioners, will contribute $50,000 in supplies to each of the next two CDA Cares events (Fresno and Ventura).
Volunteer registration open for CDA Cares Fresno
05/26/2015
CDA Cares Fresno will be held on Oct. 2-3 at the Fresno Convention Center. Volunteers will help provide oral health care services at no charge to a large number of expected patients who will receive fillings, extractions, cleanings, oral health education and assistance in finding a dentist for follow-up care. Dentists and dental professionals are needed in areas throughout the clinic, including restorative, numbing, pediatric, triage and routing.
Dentists help man get smile back in time for wedding
05/12/2015
Josh is engaged to be married this August. His fiancée Rachel was one of the main reasons he decided to take action to get his oral health under control. He got his teeth fixed thanks to the generosity of the dentists who treated him before CDA Cares by removing most of the decay as well as at the CDA Cares Sacramento clinic in March, where root canals were provided.
Revised optimal fluoride level in drinking water released
04/27/2015
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has determined 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water is the optimal fluoride level in drinking water to prevent tooth decay. This recommendation, released April 27, updates and replaces the previous recommended range (0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter) issued in 1962. CDA applauds this decision by HHS.
CDA Cares a temporary fix for broken Denti-Cal program
04/27/2015
The length of the lines at each of the seven CDA Cares clinics held throughout the state since 2012 demonstrate how Denti-Cal fails to provide access to care. CDA Cares Sacramento was another prime example as many of the patients had no other choice to relieve the pain they were in other than lining up early in the morning at Cal Expo.
Video: Woman sees smile for first time in 20 years
04/03/2015
Carolyn had been missing most of her teeth for more than 20 years. With no molars, eating was difficult and she had to rotate which side of her mouth she chewed food on based on pain level. Instead of depending on the state’s broken Denti-Cal system, Carolyn drove to CDA Cares in Sacramento after seeing the event on the news. It wasn’t long before she had a new set of dentures and restored self-esteem.
CDA Cares Sacramento provides $2 million in care
03/31/2015
Hosted by the California Dental Association Foundation and CDA, the CDA Cares two-day dental clinic in Sacramento provided $2 million in charitable dental services to 2,080 people March 27-28. While the final number of procedures provided at CDA Cares is being tallied, preliminary estimates indicate nearly 2,700 tooth extractions were necessary.
See all of the #CDACares social media action
03/27/2015
Be part of the action at the CDA Cares volunteer dental event in Sacramento by viewing on-site photos from the Cal Expo fairgrounds this weekend at the CDA Cares "Social Hub." It is estimated that more than 2,000 patients will receive oral health care at the March 27-28 clinic thanks to approximately 1,700 volunteers helping to provide fillings, extractions, cleanings and oral health education at the two-day event.
CDA Cares spotlights state oral health needs
02/12/2015
The CDA Foundation is hosting a CDA Cares volunteer dental event in Sacramento next month, and the timing of the March 27-28 clinic couldn’t be better. The recent swearing-in of a large group of new state legislators will provide CDA with an opportunity to educate policymakers about the importance of oral health and the need for an adequately funded dental safety net in California.
CDA Foundation accepting Dugoni award applications
01/19/2015
The CDA Foundation offers financial support for oral health programs and dental education statewide. In this way, funding reaches local communities where it’s needed most. Numerous grants and scholarships are available throughout the year with various deadlines and submission periods. Currently, the CDA Foundation is accepting applications for its Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award.
Dental students important to CDA Cares' success
01/13/2015
Dental students who volunteer at CDA Cares events work in central supply, sterilization and chairside and help operate the computers in the X-ray area, escort patients and serve as general volunteers. Nearly 800 dental students have volunteered at CDA Cares. Since 2012, CDA Cares clinics have provided $9.2 million in oral health care services to 11,901 patients.
CDA motorcycle ride benefits Foundation
12/19/2014
The sixth annual CDA “Ken Sanford Memorial Motorcycle Ride” at Sequoia National Park raised more than $10,000 for the CDA Foundation — a record amount for this event. During the 2014 motorcycle, bicycle and dual sport ride event, dentists rode for approximately 200-300 miles from Sequoia National Park and had the opportunity to earn C.E. units from speakers David Hatcher, DDS, and Paul Homoly, DDS.
Dr. Russ Webb honored for lifetime of generosity
12/04/2014
Russ Webb, DDS, was recently honored with the 2014 CDA Foundation Humanitarian Award for his lifetime of incredible generosity and his commitment to giving back. Webb was instrumental in the development of the CDA Foundation’s CDA Cares dental program, and has continued as a chair, a lead volunteer, a “chair-trainer” and a recruiter. He also chairs the fundraising committee for the Foundation.
Return smiles on Dec. 2, Giving Tuesday
12/01/2014
Giving Tuesday, a global movement that channels the generous spirit of the holiday season to inspire action around charitable giving, is set to take place on Tuesday, Dec. 2. The CDA Foundation is participating in Giving Tuesday with an effort to raise funds for CDA Cares, which provides oral health care at no charge to Californians who experience barriers to care.
Mother, son reunite; hearts swell at CDA Cares
11/27/2014
Lives are changed at every CDA Cares clinic, and the Pomona event was no different as it provided another example of the impact that dental professionals and community volunteers are having throughout the state.
CDA Cares Pomona provides $1.66 million in care
11/24/2014
The California Dental Association Foundation’s two-day dental clinic, CDA Cares, provided $1.66 million in charitable dental services to 1,861 people during the Nov. 21-22 event in Pomona. During the two-day charity event, dentists and dental professionals provided fillings, extractions, cleanings and oral health education. Additionally, volunteer technicians in the dental lab area worked to provide 345 full and partial dentures and repairs.
CDA Foundation grant recipient helps underserved
11/12/2014
With a mission to improve the oral health of all Californians by supporting the dental profession in its efforts to meet community needs, the CDA Foundation offers its Student Loan Repayment Grant to allow dentists to work in public health. This year, Aisha Amin, DMD, has been selected as the Foundation's 15th Student Loan Repayment Grant recipient. A 2013 graduate of A.T. Still University, School of Health Management, Amin said she can relate to those in an underserved community and makes it her personal objective to help improve their well-being.
CDA Foundation supplies grants recipients
10/24/2014
The CDA Foundation's Dental Materials and Supplies Grant supports nonprofit organizations with the supplies necessary for dental operations and oral health services. This unique program that works in partnership with Henry Schein Cares, epitomizing the combined commitment to give back to the industry and communities in which we serve. Selected organizations receive between $5,000 and $25,000 of in-kind goods per year for two years.
Major sponsors make CDA Cares possible
10/16/2014
The many dentists and dental professionals volunteering at CDA Cares Pomona will provide cleanings, fillings, extractions and a limited number of full and partial dentures to around 2,000 patients on Nov. 21-22 at the Pomona Fairplex. And it couldn’t happen without the support of the many sponsors. Five major sponsors, Carestream Dental, Western Dental, Henry Schein Dental, Benco Dental and TDIC will largely support the CDA Foundation’s Pomona clinic.
Bettie Underwood dental assisting scholarship awarded
09/02/2014
The CDA Foundation again provided the Bettie Underwood Dental Assisting Scholarship, selecting Stefanie Dellatori of San Diego Mesa College, to receive the financial award offered to dental assisting students in pursuit of their educational goals. Dellatori showed financial need, academic achievement and a strong desire for a career in the dental field, stating that her long-term goal is to “help patients improve their health through quality care.”
08/18/2014
The CDA Foundation has announced Allen Wong, DDS, EdD, as this year’s recipient of its Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award. The award acknowledges and supports eligible faculty affiliated with the state’s six dental schools for their exceptional leadership, innovation, collaboration, compassion, philanthropic spirit and integrity in dental education. It was developed to support individuals who contribute to the scholarly and creative activities of California dental students.
CDA Cares has statewide impact as Pomona clinic nears
08/11/2014
CDA and the CDA Foundation are gearing up for the second CDA Cares clinic to be held in Southern California. CDA Cares Pomona will take place Nov. 21-22 at the Pomona Fairplex, and volunteers are urged to get involved. In addition to providing care at no charge to approximately 2,000 patients at each clinic, CDA Cares aims to educate the public, media and policymakers about the importance of good oral health and the need to find long-term solutions, such as an adequately funded dental safety net.
Become an oral health coach with CAMBRA
08/06/2014
CAMBRA, which stands for Caries Management by Risk Assessment, is a research-based, systematic approach to integrate caries risk assessment as a centerpiece of the dental practice. CAMBRA aims to diagnose and prevent caries through the process of assessing a patient’s risk for caries by examining various health and lifestyle factors as part of their regular dental checkup. When Jean Creasey, DDS, introduced the principles of CAMBRA into her Nevada City practice 13 years ago, she never envisioned the benefits reaped for her patients and the practice she shares with her husband, Craig Creasey, DDS.
CDA Foundation's Legacy Giving unique way to make donations
07/25/2014
There are many ways to make a difference in the lives of others and the CDA Foundation’s Legacy Giving Program is one. Through the Legacy Giving Program, dentists can incorporate a charitable donation to the Foundation in their will through estate planning. Dentists who agree to be a part of the CDA Foundation’s Legacy Giving Program are recognized by the organization. A donation of $100,000 or more in a dentist’s will is considered a “legacy gift.”
CDA Foundation earns Point of Light Award
06/02/2014
CDA Cares was recently selected as a Daily Point of Light Award honoree for the work the CDA Foundation has done through the volunteer dental program. The Daily Point of Light Award was established by President George H.W. Bush to recognize the power of individuals and groups to spark change and improve the world. In a letter sent to the CDA Foundation from the Points of Light program, the efforts of CDA Cares were said to “honor the legacy of this award, demonstrating the power of service to create tangible change … Your efforts are a remarkable example of the generosity and compassion that make our communities stronger and better.”
Foundation seeks applicants for Student Loan Repayment Grant
05/12/2014
Dental students and recent graduates interested in providing care in a community clinic have the opportunity to do the work they love and get help with their student debt at the same time, thanks to the CDA Foundation's Student Loan Repayment Grant. The grant awards selected recent dental school/specialty graduates funding to help repay their educational loans of up to $35,000 per year for a maximum of $105,000 over three years in exchange for a commitment by recipients to care for the underserved.
CDA Cares treatment offers patients a pathway to employment
05/05/2014
Many patients at the CDA Foundation’s CDA Cares programs are struggling to find employment because of the state of their oral health and the impact it has on their appearance. CDA Cares aims to provide dental care and oral health education at no charge to Californians who experience barriers to care, and provide them with a pathway to employment.
CDA Cares Solano provides $1.5 million in oral health services
04/28/2014
The California Dental Association Foundation’s two-day dental clinic, CDA Cares, provided nearly $1.5 million in charitable dental services to 1,959 people during the April 25-26 event in Solano County. The fifth event since 2012, the CDA Foundation and CDA host CDA Cares to provide dental services and oral health education at no charge to Californians who experience barriers to care.
Walk-in volunteers welcome at CDA Cares
04/17/2014
If you forgot to register online for CDA Cares Solano, April 25-26, you can still volunteer. Dentists and dental professionals are needed for Friday, April 25 at the Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo. Go to volunteer registration at McCormack Hall. The goal of CDA Cares is to relieve pain and infection and educate the public and policymakers about the importance of good oral health and the need for an adequately funded dental safety net. Since 2012, the CDA Cares volunteer dental program has provided $6 million in care to more than 8,000 patients.
Major sponsors donate $160,000 to CDA Cares Solano
03/07/2014
Several major sponsors, through in-kind donations and resources, are stepping up to make sure CDA Cares Solano provides the most oral health care possible to patients in need. CDA Cares Solano will be held at the Solano County Fairgrounds on April 25-26 with the help of hundreds of volunteer dental professionals and other community volunteers. On top of volunteers, the CDA Foundation relies heavily on the financial support of its sponsors. Solano County, First 5 Solano, the Del E. Webb Foundation and Kaiser Permanente in Napa and Solano counties all are donating and/or matching funds up to $20,000 or more, for a total of $160,000.
CDA Foundation grant and scholarship deadlines approaching
02/21/2014
The CDA Foundation offers financial support for oral health programs and dental education statewide. In this way, funding reaches local communities where it's needed most. Numerous grants and scholarships are available throughout the year with various deadlines and submission periods. Several of application deadlines approaching.
CDA Foundation chair makes giving back a priority
02/17/2014
Having financial assistance to help him through dental school is something that molded Dr. Don Rollofson’s perspective on giving back. Now the chair of the CDA Foundation, Rollofson heads up two of its major programs – the Student Loan Repayment Grant and CDA Cares, both of which enable dentists across California to give back to the communities they serve.
2015 CDA Cares volunteer dental events scheduled
02/10/2014
The CDA Foundation is pleased to announce it has confirmed the dates and locations of four upcoming CDA Cares volunteer dental events, including Fresno in 2015. At each event, volunteer dentists — with the assistance of other dental professionals and community volunteers — will provide cleanings, fillings, extractions, oral health education and assistance in finding a dental home.
CDA Cares sponsors help make San Diego a success
01/10/2014
The CDA Cares San Diego volunteer dental clinic at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in December provided more than $1.6 million in charitable dental services to 2,203 patients, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of some key sponsors. Presenting Sponsor Benco Dental Company, which has backed the program since the first CDA Cares event in Modesto in May 2012, the county of San Diego, Carestream Dental, Patterson Dental, Henry Schein, Aribex, Farmers Insurance and more all provided significant support for the CDA Cares volunteer dental program on Dec. 7-8.
CDA Cares San Diego provides care to 2,203 patients
12/16/2013
During the two-day event, dentists and dental professionals provided more than 12,518 dental procedures, including cleanings, fillings, extractions and oral health education. Additionally, volunteer dental lab technicians worked to create 221 complete and partial dentures and repairs.
CDA Cares San Diego provides $1.6 million in care
12/09/2013
Over the two-day event, 2,203 patients received $1.62 million in care at CDA Cares San Diego on Dec. 7-8. More than 1,700 volunteers, including more than 900 dental professionals, provided 12,518 total procedures at no charge to patients who experience barriers to care.
CDA Foundation helps new dentist serve community in need
12/03/2013
With a personal objective to provide quality dental service and education to the underserved, Stephanie Calvillo, DDS, was recently awarded the CDA Foundation’s 2013 Student Loan Repayment Grant. The grant provides up to $105,000 over three years toward repayment of student loans in exchange for a commitment to care for underserved individuals.
11/27/2013
Thanks to the generosity of member dentists, nearly $100,000 was raised for the CDA Foundation and its programs at the CDA House of Delegates meeting. The money will go toward supporting future CDA Cares clinics and the Student Loan Repayment Grant program.
Please remember CDA Foundation in your year-end giving
11/12/2013
With the holiday season upon us, CDA knows that dentists are beginning to think about making contributions to their favorite charitable organizations. CDA hopes that dentists will think about the CDA Foundation and its two flagship programs — CDA Cares and the Student Loan Repayment Grant.
Student Loan Repayment Grant recipients visit CDA
10/25/2013
Since 2002, the CDA Foundation’s Student Loan Repayment Grant program has helped 13 dentists work in community clinics where they’ve seen more than 62,000 patients and provided nearly $16 million in care for individuals who would otherwise go without. Six of those 13 dentists visited the CDA headquarters recently to share their stories of working in community clinics.
Major sponsors step up to support CDA Cares San Diego
10/24/2013
Several major sponsors, through in-kind donations and resources, are helping the CDA Foundation’s efforts to put on a successful CDA Cares program in San Diego in December. On top of the high level of support from Presenting Sponsor Benco Dental Company, the county of San Diego, Carestream Dental, Henry Schein, Aribex and Farmers Insurance are all providing significant support for the CDA Cares volunteer dental program scheduled for Dec. 7-8 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Dentists can change lives at CDA Cares San Diego
10/16/2013
There are many life-changing moments that happen at every CDA Cares program, and it wouldn’t be possible without the help of a multitude of volunteers. The CDA Foundation is seeking volunteer dentists, including oral surgeons, lab technicians, dental hygienists and assistants, and other team members to volunteer at CDA Cares San Diego at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Dec. 7-8.
CDA Motorcycle Ride raises money for Foundation
10/09/2013
The Fifth Annual CDA “Ken Sanford Memorial Motorcycle Ride” in September raised a record amount for the CDA Foundation and its programs. The motorcycle ride, during which dentists rode for 300-400 miles from Windsor through the Northern California coast and wine country, raised $9,250, which is $3,350 more than last year’s ride.
CAMBRA project seeks volunteers for research network
10/08/2013
The CDA Foundation and the UCSF School of Dentistry are attempting to alter the way dentists prevent caries through a practice-based clinical trial, and volunteers are needed. The Caries Management By Risk Assessment (CAMBRA) Practice-Based Research Network formalizes the process to assess a patient’s risk for caries by examining various health and lifestyle factors as part of their regular dental checkup. The Foundation and UCSF are looking to expand an already established research network, which focuses on the implementation of CAMBRA.
Farmers Insurance Donates $15,000 for CDA Cares San Diego
10/03/2013
The California Dental Association Foundation is pleased to announce a significant donation from new sponsor Farmers Insurance, which donated $15,000 to the Foundation in support of its CDA Cares volunteer dental program in San Diego scheduled Dec. 7-8. To date, with the help of 4,559 volunteers, CDA Cares has provided $4.4 million in care to 5,878 patients.
The Webbs: A legacy of humanitarianism
09/13/2013
California dentists provide a tremendous amount of pro bono work to those who experience barriers to care. In fact, dentists across the state provide oral health care services worth an estimated $388 million each year ($15,668 per dentist). This profile features two individuals, Russ Webb, DDS, and Kathi Webb, who have both been on a path of compassion through volunteerism as far back as their college days. They exemplify the giving nature of dentists.
CDA Cares volunteer changes young patient’s life
08/29/2013
California dentists provide a tremendous amount of pro bono work to those who experience barriers to care. In fact, dentists across the state provide oral health care services worth an estimated $388 million each year ($15,668 per dentist). One such example occurred recently at the CDA Cares San Jose program when a dentist volunteer changed the life of a young girl and her family.
CDA Cares lands Benco Dental as major sponsor
08/07/2013
For the third time, Benco Dental Company has stepped up to be a Presenting Sponsor for CDA Cares. The CDA Cares program allows volunteer dentists, with the assistance of other dental professionals, to provide dental services at no charge to patients who experience barriers to care, and none of which would be possible without the support of companies like Benco.
Foundation to host several events at CDA Presents
08/06/2013
The CDA Foundation will have several activities at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco on Aug. 15-17. From the Friends of the Foundation Reception to the “Wine Wall,” attendees will have many ways to interact with the Foundation.
07/11/2013
The CDA Foundation raised nearly $17,000 in June at its Targeting Smiles Sporting Clays Tournament. The tournament raised money for the CDA Foundation and its programs through generous donations and a raffle and silent auction. Event sponsors included John Pisacane, DMD, Henry Schein, Associated Pension Consultants, Comstock Mortgage, Patterson Dental Company and Don Rollofson, DMD.
Foundation takes CDA Cares to San Diego
07/08/2013
The CDA Foundation is set to host its fourth CDA Cares free dental clinic in San Diego in December, and the need couldn’t be greater. The San Diego clinic is the first CDA Cares clinic to be held in Southern California — the first three were in Modesto, Sacramento and San Jose. The three clinics combined have provided $4.4 million in care to 5,878 patients.
06/28/2013
The deadline to apply for the CDA Foundation’s 2013 Student Loan Repayment Grant is July 31. The Student Loan Repayment Grant helps students repay their educational loan of up to $35,000 per year for a maximum of $105,000 over three years in exchange for a commitment by recipients to care for the underserved.
Legislature approves restoring Adult Denti-Cal
06/18/2013
The effort to restore Adult Denti-Cal benefits is one step closer to reality after the Legislature voted on a new state budget plan. The funding, which is a result of the leadership exhibited by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), still needs the governor’s signature. Steinberg made the restoration of Adult Denti-Cal a top priority after his visit last August to CDA Cares in Sacramento.
Dentists support CDA Cares by sponsoring chairs
05/28/2013
As the CDA Foundation plans for the CDA Cares free dental clinic in San Diego in December, many members are doing everything they can to help make sure the clinics are a success, even if they can’t physically be there to volunteer. Through the Foundation’s “sponsor a dental chair” program, dentists can donate $500 toward providing patients a place to receive essential care at the clinics. Each donation goes a long way in helping change lives.
CDA Cares serves thousands in San Jose
05/22/2013
Preliminary numbers indicate 2,202 patients received free oral health care at the CDA Cares San Jose dental clinic over the weekend. Hosted by the CDA Foundation and CDA, the May 18-19 dental clinic provided more than $1.6 million in oral health care services to the underserved. The San Jose clinic, which was held at the San Jose Convention Center, was the third CDA Cares event. The three clinics combined have now provided $4.4 million in care to 5,878 patients.
Student Repayment Grant application available
05/03/2013
In exchange for a commitment by recipients to care for the underserved, the CDA Foundation awards selected recent dental school/specialty graduates with the Student Loan Repayment Grant to help repay their educational loan of up to $35,000 per year for a maximum of $105,000 over three years. The deadline for 2013 CDA Foundation Student Loan Repayment Grant applications is July 31.
New dentists enjoy volunteering at CDA Cares
04/19/2013
Many new dentists enjoy participating in CDA Cares dental clinics because they are eager to volunteer the skills they garnered during dental school.  Last year, the CDA Foundation and CDA hosted two CDA Cares clinics that provided $2.8 million in dental care that helped relieve pain and infection for 3,676 patients.
CDA Foundation focused on maximizing donations
04/09/2013
Since its inception more than a decade ago, the CDA Foundation has awarded scholarships to nearly 200 dental students and more than 500 allied personnel. And this is just one of the CDA Foundation’s accomplishments. As the charitable arm of CDA, the CDA Foundation’s mission is to improve the oral health of all Californians by supporting the dental profession in its efforts to meet community needs.
CDA Cares receives major donations
03/18/2013
El Camino Hospital and Santa Clara County have donated a combined $45,000 toward the CDA Cares San Jose dental clinic. El Camino Hospital, which donated $20,000, is a nonprofit organization with hospital campuses in Mountain View and Los Gatos. The Santa Clara Board of Supervisors approved a $25,000 donation earlier this month.
03/06/2013
The CDA Foundation offers financial support for oral health programs and dental education statewide and the deadline for several grants and scholarships is approaching.
Foundation helps fund Santa Clara community water fluoridation
01/03/2013
The California Dental Association Foundation approved $500,000 from its restricted fluoridation funds to be used to support a new Santa Clara Valley Water District community water fluoridation system. The entire system will cost $6.6 million and the CDA Foundation, along with $1 million from The Health Trust and $900,000 from First 5 Santa Clara County, are contributing to this project. CDAF’s funds will go toward actual construction costs.
CDA Cares clinic set to be held in San Jose
12/21/2012
A CDA Cares clinic is scheduled for May 18-19 at the San Jose Convention Center. At the clinic, dentists and dental professionals will provide cleanings, fillings, extractions, oral health education and assistance in finding a dental home to Californians who experience barriers to care.
Lab technicians play vital role at CDA Cares clinics
11/28/2012
Steve Simon, owner of Professional Dental Laboratory in Sacramento, hadn’t volunteered at a large-scale health clinic before, but he said CDA Cares Sacramento was an event he couldn’t pass up. Simon, along with more than a dozen dental laboratory technicians, signed up to volunteer their skills at the free dental clinic in August. Simon has been a lab technician for more than four decades and currently serves as the president of the California Dental Laboratory Association. He took his experience and jumped in with both hands.
Dentist impacts lives with help of Foundation
11/08/2012
Recognizing a dedication to dentistry and a commitment to improving the oral health of Californians, the CDA Foundation recently selected its 13th Student Loan Repayment Grant recipient as Kongsab Hatlavongsa, DDS. The Student Loan Repayment Grant program exists to relieve new dentists of a portion of their debt in exchange for a three-year commitment to practice in an underserved community.
 CDA Cares spotlights need for state oral health infrastructure
10/01/2012
With an estimated 10 million people in California experiencing barriers to oral health care and adult Denti-Cal benefits being a thing of the past due to 2009 state budget cuts, the chairs never got a rest at CDA Cares Sacramento.
September 2012
09/01/2012

Top Stories: Health care reform in California: Activity on several fronts; CDA Cares spotlights need for state oral health infrastructure; Compass helps dentists become practice leaders

August 2012
08/01/2012

Top Stories: Interactive national oral health campaign kicks off in August; CDA Cares clinic set in Sacramento; State to shift all Healthy Families children to Medi-Cal

July 2012
07/01/2012

Top Stories: CDA Cares patients thank volunteers; Practice Support Center helps lead during recession; National oral health ad campaign to encourage brushing ‘2min2x’

June 2012
06/01/2012

Top Stories: CDA Cares clinic delivers $1.2 million in care; Symposium at CDA Presents stresses preventing childhood caries; CDA-sponsored bills moving in Legislature

May 2012
05/01/2012

Top Stories: Dental benefit bills pass first test; CDA Presents offers tips on improving practices; Sacramento CDA Cares adds premier sponsor

April 2012
04/01/2012

Top Stories: CDA Cares lands ‘premier’ sponsors; Reserved seating new at CDA Presents; CDA helps kick off national oral health campaign

March 2012
03/01/2012

Top Stories: CDA bills tackle dental plan concerns; CDA Cares treatment plan: Relieve pain and infection; TDIC announces rate reduction for CA policyholders

February 2012
02/01/2012

Top Stories: CDA wins Medi-Cal rate court case; Dental team ‘on board’ for CDA Cares; Guide for New Dentist available on Compass website

January 2012
01/01/2012

Top Stories: Dental director bill introduced; CDA joins national effort on oral health awareness; CDA Cares volunteers scout Oregon’s Mission of Mercy

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