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California State Dental Director Dr. Jayanth Kumar announces retirement

Dr. Kumar’s strong commitment to making oral health a priority in the state’s health agenda has defined his role as…

April 22, 2024 |Access to Care, Patient Care

Meet three dentists who received the CalHealthCares loan repayment award

Andrew Zufall, DMD, one of 34 California dentists who in March was awarded a CalHealthCares Loan Repayment award, often tells…

April 18, 2024 |Access to Care, Advocacy, Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal, News Articles

‘Thrilled to speak on behalf of my school, dental professionals and Californians’

“There is a quote I love that reads, ‘If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu,’” says Barbara…

April 2, 2024 |Access to Care, Dental Benefit Plans, Dental Plan Reform, Legislation, News Articles

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 |Access to Care, CDA Foundation, 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 |Access to Care, Advocacy, CDA Foundation, 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 |Access to Care, CDA Foundation, News Articles, 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 |Access to Care, Advocacy, News Articles, Patient Care, Public Health

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 |Access to Care, Advocacy, 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 |Access to Care, News Articles, Students

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 |Access to Care, Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal, 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 |Access to Care, Advocacy, Legislation, News Articles, Students

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 |Access to Care, News Articles, Patient Care