02/22/2013

CDA invites members to ‘connect’ online


CDA prides itself on listening to member feedback to guide decision-making. With member engagement in mind, the organization has various online channels in which to connect.

“CDA strives to make several communication avenues available to members seeking information so they can get answers related to their practices,” said CDA President Lindsey Robinson, DDS.

One of the main avenues is the recently revamped cda.org — a mobile-friendly, more visual site that offers increased functionality, improvements to its most popular features and up-to-date CDA news and information right on the homepage.

The site offers users an enhanced experience with more photos, stories and videos to better serve CDA members. The online classifieds section offers members unrestricted posting lengths, the ability to include images, an easier job candidate application process directly from the site and expanded posting categories. In addition, the “Find a Dentist” function gives the option to find a dentist in your area by searching by first and last name, city and/or zip. The Events Calendar under the News and Events tab provides an inside look at all of the meetings taking place at the CDA headquarters in a given month.

“The new website is a great resource because it was designed to meet members’ needs, whether they’re looking for job opportunities, CE listings or information about a new regulation — the site was tailored to what members are most interested in,” Robinson said.

Another feature of cda.org is the shortcut option. With content updated daily, members can create a “shortcut” on their smartphone or tablet’s home screen. To utilize this, visit cda.org on your smart phone or tablet, select the browser’s bookmark option and choose “add to home screen.” After that, an icon that resembles an app will appear on the user’s home screen.

In addition to cda.org, members can receive practice management advice on the Practice Support Center’s website, cda.org/compass. From the latest updates on infection control regulation to a reference guide for all things legal as it pertains to dentistry, the Compass has it all.

The site has forums on topics such as practice management, employment practices, dental benefit plans and regulatory compliance, among others, allowing members to connect with one another, ask questions of their colleagues, offer advice to others or just share ideas related to the profession. The Compass news & blogs supported by CDA staff offers members tips, reminders, case studies and more to help them manage their practices. Topics include: employment practices, dental benefit plans, practice management and regulatory compliance.

The Practice Support Center’s Guide for the New Dentist, serves as a checklist that leads a dentist from the time of their graduation through retirement, providing tips on licensing, permits and certifications; marketing; preparing for associateships and practice ownership; and understanding dental benefit plans. The mobile site makes the 18 useful chapters accessible right at the touch of a finger. The site also gives users the ability to use a search function to find keywords.

Members can also find information about CDA Cares or other CDA Foundation activities at cdafoundation.org, which provides a direct link to volunteer registration for the free dental clinics.

In addition, thedentists.com and tdicsolutions.com are the online source for members seeking information about TDIC insurance options to protect their dental practices.

For information on all of the CDA Endorsed programs, visit www.cda.org/endorsedprograms. Every Endorsed Program has been researched and approved by a group of dentists who comprise the Council on Endorsed Programs. The council scrutinizes every company using strict criteria that includes years in business, reputation and product offerings.

Besides these dynamic websites, CDA is active on various social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube and Instagram. Look for the social media icons at the bottom of all CDA websites.

These platforms provide a  gathering place for dentists to connect.

Social media content focuses on “the lighter sides of dentistry” – interesting facts, unique videos/ photos, contests, articles about industry news and trends and much more. Attendees of CDA Presents in Anaheim can follow the #cdaANA hashtag on Twitter for special event promotions and information. Other popular hashtags include #cdanews, #cdacares and #smartdentist.

A CDA Presents Anaheim app also is available for iPhones/iPads and Android devices. Visit cdapresents.com for more information.

For updates on the CDA Foundation’s CDA Cares clinics, visit facebook.com/cdacares.

Members also can subscribe to CDA’s RSS feeds for various topics at cda.org/news-events. Topics include advocacy, community, dental benefits, education, oral health, practice management and more.

“All of these channels are meant to engage members so they have a better understanding of all the resources available to them as CDA members. We have many ways to connect with you, so please don’t hesitate to reach out,” Robinson said.

To speak to a CDA representative over the phone, call 800.232.7645.

Ways to Connect

California Dental Association – cda.org
Practice Support Center – cda.org/compass
CDA Presents – cdapresents.com
CDA Foundation – cdafoundation.org
TDIC – thedentists.com
TDIC Insurance Solutions – tdicsolutions.com
Endorsed Programs – cda.org/endorsedprograms
Guide for the New Dentist cda.org/newdentistguide
Facebook – facebook.com/cdafan
CDA Cares (Facebook) facebook.com/cdacares
Twitter – twitter.com/cda_dentists
LinkedIn – linkedin.com/company/california-dental-association
Pinterest – pinterest.com/cadentalassoc
YouTube – youtube.com/cdadentists
Google+ – plus.google.com/100265899189585496498
Instagram – instagram.com/cda_dentists



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