Nominate a California dentist for CDA Foundation’s Humanitarian Award by May 31

Award recognizes a dentist’s lifetime of service and commitment to the oral and overall health of people in California
April 1, 2024
CDA Humanitarian Award announcement

Quick Summary: The CDA Foundation’s Humanitarian Award recognizes commitment and leadership within the dental profession that improves the oral health and lives of people. Learn more about this award and the requirements to nominate a fellow dentist. Nominations will be accepted through May 31.

The CDA Foundation is accepting nominations through May 31 for its Humanitarian Award. The award honors the late Dr. Andrew Soderstrom, CDA past president and co-founder of the Foundation’s well-known program, CDA Cares.

CDA members and component dental society directors are invited to nominate an active or retired licensed California dentist for the 2024 Humanitarian Award.

Recipients of this honorable recognition are eligible to receive the award only once, which includes a $1,500 contribution to a nonprofit of the recipient’s choice.

Recognizing the impact of individual dentists

Established in 2008, the Humanitarian Award recognizes California dentists for demonstrating a lifetime of volunteer commitment and leadership that have broadly and positively impacted oral health and improved the human condition.

Individuals whose actions have enabled the dental profession to respond more fully to the needs of individuals at the local, state, national or international level may also be honored.

The late Dr. Andrew Soderstrom, for whom the Humanitarian Award was named in 2021, received the award himself in 2015. Along with his contribution to the development of CDA Cares, Soderstrom was known for his tireless efforts to meet the dental needs of children, regardless of their families’ economic situation. His leadership was also apparent during a long-fought battle to fluoridate community water in his hometown of Modesto.

Biographies of all past recipients can be viewed on the Humanitarian Award nomination page.

Selection criteria and required supporting attachments

The Foundation asks nominators to submit a handful of attachments with their online application, including a curriculum vitae or resume highlighting the nominee’s humanitarian contributions, one letter of support from an individual other than the nominator and other documentation to support the nominee’s achievement.

Among other ideals and attributes, the nominee should:

  • Contribute significantly to alleviate human suffering and improving the quality of life and oral health of individuals served.
  • Serve as an inspiration to the dental profession.
  • Demonstrate a lifetime of outstanding humanitarian volunteer accomplishments that bring honor to the profession.
  • Show selflessness regarding direct personal or organizational gain or profit through the scope of their efforts.

Read the nomination guidelines for complete details on eligibility, selection criteria and required attachments. Submit your nomination online by Friday, May 31.

The CDA Foundation offers additional grants and awards that financially support dental professionals and community-based organizations providing dental care to undeserved communities. You can read more about them on the Foundation’s Grants and Awards page.


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