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IDA Foundation announces new grants


The IDA Foundation for Dental Health recently announced grants to fund programs dedicated to dental education in Indiana.
The Foundation has committed the necessary funding for the digitization of all IDA journals from 1858 through 1973. The 2012 IDA House of Delegates and President John Roberts appointed a task force to investigate options for digitally archiving the Association's aging records, which led to a partnership with the Indiana Historical Society in Indianapolis. Pending approval from the Board of Trustees, the records will be moved to the Historical Society's climate-controlled archive this fall, when the digitization process will begin. The journals will then be available electronically to members over the next year on the Historical Society's online archive.
The Foundation also approved giving $4,000 to the Indiana AIR Program, the IDA's initiative to recruit and develop promising leaders from traditionally underrepresented diversity groups in IDA membership. The program is already underway and held its inaugural session for 2012 participants in September.
Finally the Foundation finalized funding for the 2012 partnership between the Indiana University School of Dentistry and Moi University in Kenya. The funding covers the costs for Kenyan dental students to learn at IUSD for two weeks. Four component dental societies in Indiana also gave $1,000 each for the partnership: Greene District, West Central, Indianapolis District and Northwest Indiana. The IDA Foundation is sending a $4,000 matching check based on the components' donations.  
About the Foundation
The IDA Foundation for Dental Health, Inc. (IFDH) was established by the IDA Board of Trustees to assist Indiana dentists to recruit, educate and retain allied dental team members. Other goals include building and expanding allied dental education programs, developing programs to recruit more quality students and sponsoring seminars to help IDA members retain valuable employees.

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