04/05/2018

Nominate a dentist for the 2018 CDA Foundation Humanitarian Award


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.

Nominations will be accepted April 1 through June 30, and nominees, who may be active or retired, must satisfy the following:

  • Contribute significantly to alleviate human suffering and improve the quality of life and oral health of those served
  • Demonstrate a lifetime of significant leadership and outstanding humanitarian volunteer accomplishments that bring honor to the profession
  • Serve as an inspiration to the dental profession
  • Show, through the scope of work undertaken, a lifetime commitment to humanity and selflessness in regard to direct personal or organizational gain or profit
  • Establish a legacy that is of ongoing value and benefit to others
  • Demonstrate the highest level of compassion, respect, integrity and professionalism in the care of patients and families, while recognizing sensitivity to their religious, cultural and ethnic differences
  • Creative interventions and awareness of the impact that illness has on the physical, emotional, social and spiritual lives of patients and their families
  • Demonstrate teamwork

Now in its 10th year, the Humanitarian Award is one of several grants and awards given annually by the CDA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of CDA, to support dental professionals and community-based organizations across the state. Lester Low, DDS, received the 2017 Humanitarian Award. Read about Dr. Low in “Stockton-based dentist with ‘huge heart for the underserved’ receives humanitarian award” on cda.org and in the December CDA Update. A complete list of past recipients can be found at cdafoundation.org/awards.

The award recipient will be recognized at an appropriate CDA event and in CDA and CDA Foundation publications. When funding is available, a monetary contribution may be given to the recipient’s chosen nonprofit.

Find nomination materials and guidelines.



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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.

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