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Elisa Chavez, DDS, professor of diagnostic sciences and director of the Pacific Center for Special Care at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, has received the California Dental Association Foundation’s Dugoni Faculty Award for 2020.
If you’re looking for end-of-year giving opportunities, find four new ways to support CDA Foundation programs that reduce barriers to oral health care in underserved communities.
Support the CDA Foundation's flagship programs by taking part in the upcoming silent auction this November. Through the generosity of volunteers and donors, the CDA Foundation is able to reduce barriers to oral health care for thousands of families in need.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many of the events and programs that bring needed care to underserved communities in California. Today, the CDA Foundation made the difficult decision to postpone its next CDA Cares volunteer dental clinic due to current state and federal public health guidance related to COVID-19.
The CDA Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Humanitarian Award. April 1 through June 30, CDA members or component dental society executive directors can nominate a California-licensed dentist who has demonstrated significant leadership and outstanding contributions in the field of dentistry.
From a young age, Matthew Mecheal, DDS, has been sure about two things: his passion for helping others and his love for dentistry. Through the years, he never lost sight of his goals or the values that were instilled in him many years ago. As an advocate for the underserved and this year’s recipient of the CDA Foundation’s Student Loan Repayment Grant, Dr. Mecheal plans to focus on his personal objective to improve the oral health of underserved communities and minimize barriers to care.
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.
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.
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.