CDA supports dental communities in natural disasters

Updated: 1/9/19

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.

In October, wildfires in California burned thousands of homes and businesses, including the homes of several dentists and their staff members. The CDA Foundation established a Disaster Relief Grant for individuals (note: the 2017-2018 So. California wildfire and mudslide applications must be received no later than February 28, 2018. We are no longer accepting October 2017 NoCal wildfire applications) — a one-time, single-installment grant that provides financial assistance of up to $2,500 per California dentist, dental staff member or component staff member for immediate and emergency needs (food, shelter, clothing, etc.) as a direct result of the wildfires. Additional information can be found at cdafoundation.org.

CDA also 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, resulting in widespread devastation. The funds are being used to offer immediate relief to dentists who lost their practices and homes. Additionally, the funds are allowing local dentists to provide care and oral health kits to residents, many of whom are still living in shelters.

“There is no way to express the gratitude of each patient we reach as well as that of our local dentists,” said Liselie Reyes, DMD, Colegio de Cirujanos Dentistas de Puerto Rico president. “There is still much more to accomplish, but we wanted to let you know how we have used your resources to support dentists and patients.”

Additionally, CDA and TDIC made donations to dental associations to assist with relief efforts — $40,000 to the Texas Dental Association in the wake of Hurricane Harvey as well as $40,000 to the Florida Dental Association and $10,000 to U.S. territories damaged by Hurricane Irma.

“CDA is pleased to help the dental community in need, particularly those who lost their homes and practices due to these natural disasters,” said Clelan Ehrler, DDS, MS, CDA president. “Our colleagues personally expressed their gratitude to CDA members during the recent ADA House of Delegates meeting, and they wanted us to know that the donations are a tremendous help during such a difficult time.”

CDA has a long history of giving in times of natural disasters to support colleagues and dental associations as they rebuild and recover.

To contribute to relief efforts through the Foundation’s Disaster Relief Grant, visit cdafoundation.org/donate.

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