During this stressful and disquieting time, we at the New York State Dental Foundation understand how the current situation may affect your life and practice. As a small gesture of support, we are offering all our online courses (except the infection control/opioid bundle) at a discount of 50%. To take advantage of this opportunity, simply use the following codes:
NYS Mandated Infection Control Course : PAUSE
NYS Requirements for Prescribing Opioid Drugs: PAUSE1
Oral Cancer: Prevention and Early Detection: PAUSE2
We are currently offering the: Ethics and Jurisprudence for the Dental Practitioner for the flat fee of $30.00 for all NYS Licensed Dentists.
These coupons will be in place until the NYS "PAUSE" is lifted.
Some regulations restrict licensees to a certain percentage of self-study for continuing education requirements. In response to the evolving situation with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and for those licensees whose registrations are due to renew March 1-June 1, 2020, the Department will grant an adjustment to all licensees to complete up to 100% of the continuing education as self-study, so long as it is taken from a Department-approved provider and is in an acceptable subject area for the specific profession. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is working closely with other New York State agencies and the Governor’s Office to tackle issues relating to COVID-19. Please continue to monitor the Department’s website for updated guidance.
(NYSDA members should refer often to nysdental.org/CONVID-19 for communications from their leadership.)
In the meantime, the NYSDA/Foundation offices are temporarily closed to ensure the safety of all staff and volunteers. What that means is for the time being, entry of CE credits may be delayed, although staff is entirely committed to trying to stay on top of these credits by working remotely to the extent possible.
We are all in this together. And we assure you we are doing everything possible to maintain and promote optimum communications and ongoing efficiencies.
It’s the same program as before, just better. A new feature, Direct Connect, enables individuals to connect to someone who is looking to donate dental equipment or vice versa.
And with Partner Connect, we can help match community health organizations/clinics with needed equipment from one of our dental manufacturing partners, who include A-Dec, Henry Schein, Inc., Tuttnauer and Air Techniques, to name a few.
Look for updates beginning in 2020!
November 6, 2019 - In celebration of Veteran’s Day, Touro College of Dental Medicine (TCDM) teamed up with the Ninth District Dental Association for its 2nd Annual Smiles for Veterans event, a day of free oral health care for veterans, military personnel and their family members.
More than 60 participants turned out for the festivities, which kicked off with a heartfelt performance of the national anthem by TCDM’s acapella group, the Chromatic Scalers. Veterans and their families enjoyed a breakfast reception with entertainment, giveaways and student-led educational activities aimed at encouraging good oral health practices. Practitioners from New York Medical College’s new Family Health Center, located on premises, joined to offer blood pressure screenings, height, weight and body mass index readings.
Senator Pete Harckham visited Touro Dental Health to show his support for the cause, along with leadership from the New York State Dental Foundation (NYSDF) who provided support for the event.
Click here to read more about this event.
HELPING VETERANS RECEIVE THE ORAL HEALTHCARE THEY DESERVE!
The New York State Dental Foundation (NYSDF) invited NYU Dentistry to join its Veterans Access to Care Initiative and supplement nationwide efforts on Veterans Smile Day (the Friday closest to Veterans Day) by providing a day of free dental care to veterans in need. Recognizing, however, that such an initiative would not close the critical gap in access to sustainable oral health services for this vulnerable population, a small group of committed individuals from NYSDF and NYU Dentistry collaborated with colleagues inside the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System to design a program that would extend beyond the one-day service approach. This collaboration led to NYU Dentistry launching the Veterans Oral Health Initiative (VOHI) in March 2019, a program that includes comprehensive care at no out-of-pocket cost to the veteran, with the ultimate goal of connecting the veteran with a dental home in his/her community for access to ongoing, affordable care. Treatment for veterans living in and around New York City is provided at the College on Saturdays by a group of dedicated dental student and faculty volunteers. The NYSDF has provided a grant of $15,000 per year for two years to help fund the program.
Reprinted with permission from NYU College of Dentistry
To find out more about this great program, please visit: https://dental.nyu.edu/globalreach/veterans-oral-health-initiative.html
Call For Nominations – NYS Dental Foundation Board of Trustees
The Nominating Committee of the New York State Dental Foundation (NYSDF) will meet in September to select candidates to serve on the NYSDF Board of Trustees. The Nominating Committee will submit its recommended slate of Trustee candidates and Board officers for consideration at the Foundation’s annual meeting on 8 November 2019.
Terms of office for Foundation trustees are three years.
Additionally, the New York State Dental Association shall nominate two NYSDA members to serve one year (January – December 2020) terms of office as members of the NYSDF Board of Trustees. Such nominations will be forwarded to the NYSDF Board for review and ratification at the annual meeting.
Current NYSDF Trustees are invited to submit nominations from amongst themselves for the officer positions of Chair, Vice Chair, and Treasurer.
NYSDF Board members should have:
NYSDF Board members are responsible for:
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Veterans Oral Health Initiative (VOHI)
Dental care is not a guaranteed benefit for veterans of the United States military. Only veterans with a service-connected dental disability (i.e. combat injury to the head/neck) or those who are considered 100% disabled as a result of service are eligible for full dental care with the Veterans’ Administration (VA). This leaves nearly 85% of the veterans ineligible for dental care through the VA, and their access to oral health services are subject to their ability to pay out-of-pocket or purchase private or employer-sponsored dental insurance.
Many groups with an interest in veterans’ health have attempted to address the lack of access to dental care by conducting short-term projects; these are usually one-day, annual events offering free consultation, cleanings, or addressing urgent needs only. In order to achieve sustained improvements in veterans’ oral health outcomes or access to care, a different approach must be taken.
Beginning March 2, 2019
NYU Dentistry has partnered with the New York State Dental Foundation to fund the initial costs of delivering care to this vulnerable population. In addition, a handful of concerned alumni have donated additional funding to help cover the treatment plans created for the initial cohort of patients; however, in order to reach a larger number and continue the program in perpetuity, development efforts will continue to focus on covering the high laboratory and specialty costs.
The best bet for sustaining improved access to care is to place each veteran into a permanent dental home in his/her community. In order to do so, dentists in and around New York City are asked to participate by welcoming a veteran into his/her dental practice and offering routine maintenance and ongoing dental care regardless of the patient’s ability to pay.