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CDA Cares Long Beach postponed due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, public health guidance

Foundation exploring alternative ways to meet needs of California communities

April 30, 2020 5445

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 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 event was scheduled to take place July 17-18 in Long Beach.

The dental community and patients throughout California greatly value CDA Cares. Hundreds of dental and community volunteers had been preparing for months to provide no-cost dental care at the July event. However, the health and safety of the dental community, clinic volunteers and individuals seeking care are always the Foundation’s highest priority. The Foundation considered the governor’s statewide stay-at-home order, which does not yet have an end date, as well as guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization before making its decision, which the Foundation board approved.

Approximately 1,950 individuals who experience barriers to care receive dental treatment ranging from cleanings and fillings to extractions and dentures, at each CDA Cares clinic. Patients also receive education on establishing and maintaining good oral health habits, and local elected officials often tour the two-day events, which highlight the great need for care in their communities.

Because of the size, scope and nature of the event, the Foundation must consider the latest guidelines on mass gatherings and the availability and proper use of personal protective equipment when determining whether it can provide a safe experience for volunteers and patients.

The Foundation looks forward to hosting the next CDA Cares when health officials deem it is safe to do so and when all guidelines on PPE, patient care, social distancing and enhanced infection control practices can be followed.

Foundation donates masks to hospital workers fighting COVID-19

As the philanthropic arm of the California Dental Association, the Foundation is continuing its mission to improve the oral health of all Californians.

In March the Foundation donated 15,000 masks, 25,000 gloves and 2,000 gowns to a Southern California hospital to support and help protect medical professionals who are providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Foundation also offers financial support through several annual grants and awards to dental professionals and community-based organizations that provide dental care to underserved communities. Currently, the Foundation is accepting nominations for the Humanitarian Award, which recognizes California dentists who have distinguished themselves through a lifetime of outstanding, unselfish leadership and contributions to fellow human beings. 

Exploring alternative ways to meet community needs

The Foundation understands that hundreds of dental professionals and community members value the opportunity to volunteer at CDA Cares, and the Foundation also understands how greatly the events are needed in communities throughout California. 

In the next few months, the Foundation will be evaluating alternative ways continue its efforts to meet community needs throughout California. Watch CDA’s online newsroom and the CDA Cares Facebook group for more information as it becomes available. 

Learn more about CDA Cares and other Foundation programs and volunteer opportunities. 

Visit CDA’s COVID-19 information center for wellness resources plus news and information specifically for dentists and the dental community.