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CDA Foundation to host dental clinic in California’s Trinity County in fall 2024

In partnership with the California Office of Oral Health and Trinity County Office of Education, the CDA Foundation will host…

February 8, 2024 News Articles

CDA Foundation awards first community clinic student rotation grants to Dugoni School of Dentistry

The CDA Foundation has awarded the first Community-Based Clinical Education grant to the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry to expand oral health care at three community health centers in California while providing dental students with new clinical opportunities.

December 13, 2023 News Articles

CDA Foundation’s vaccination, testing-related accomplishments for dentistry and the public highlighted in report

A report released by the CDA Foundation showcases the work the Foundation accomplished during the pandemic as part of a grant agreement to provide trainings and materials to educate dentists and the public on COVID-19 vaccine administration and efficacy.

October 18, 2023 Patient Care

CDA supports LGBTQIA+ Oral Health Week with a commitment to inclusive care and shares resources for dentists

To support our community members, CDA is a proud sponsor of the American Institute of Dental Public Health’s LGBTQIA+ Oral Health Week Oct. 16-20. Learn more about LGBTQIA+ oral health disparities and resources to help dentists foster an inclusive practice. 

October 12, 2023 Patient Care

California’s Dental Clinic Grant Program is accepting applications

Dentists, dental schools and other eligible providers and entities in California can apply for grants up to $5 million to expand or adapt specialty clinics or to construct new clinics that serve individuals with special health care needs. 

October 11, 2023 News Articles

Eligible California dentists, RDHs can apply by Sept. 15 for educational loan repayment

Licensed general and pediatric dentists in California who practice in a federally designated health professional shortage area can apply for educational loan repayment through the California State Loan Repayment Program. Applications reopen in July 2024.

July 17, 2023 Students & New Dentists

From free transportation to free language assistance: Connecting Medi-Cal Dental providers with patients

Important new and ongoing services for Medi-Cal Dental patients include language translation and free transportation to and from their appointments. Learn about all the services available, as well as assistance and training to help dentists establish and provide care for Medi-Cal Dental patients. 

June 7, 2023 News Articles

California dental students advocate at state Capitol to address workforce shortages, protect patient access

For the first time since 2019, California dental students were able to meet in person with legislative staff and have a meet-and-greet with Assemblymember Jim Wood, DDS, at the state Capitol as part of CDA’s Grassroots Advocacy Days.

May 1, 2023 Students & New Dentists

Dentists: Watch for updated oral health assessment form as part of Kindergarten Oral Health Care Requirement

Dentists and dental professionals should watch for the updated oral health assessment form and be ready to complete section 2. State law requires every child in public school in California to have this assessment completed by May 31 of their first year in school.

February 28, 2023 Patient Care

California dentists can apply for up to $300K in CalHealthCares educational loan repayment or practice support grant

Eligible California dentists can once again apply through CalHealthCares for up to $300K in either an educational loan repayment or practice support grant up to $300,000 in exchange for making a Medi-Cal service commitment.

January 23, 2023 Students & New Dentists

CDA Foundation adopts new CDA Cares clinic model in partnership with state’s dental schools and Office of Oral Health

The CDA Foundation this week announced a new partnership with the state’s Office of Oral Health to administer the state’s Community-Based Clinical Education grant and pilot a new CDA Cares clinic model throughout the state.

January 12, 2023 News Articles

California’s Specialty Dental Clinic Grant Program expected to open for applications in fall 2023

The Specialty Dental Clinic Grant Program, made possible through a $50 million state budgetary investment led by CDA and supported by a coalition of providers, dental schools, disability rights organizations and consumer advocates, is estimated to begin accepting applications in fall 2023. 

November 30, 2022 News Articles