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Welcome to the Indiana Dental Association online newsroom. We are pleased to bring you the latest dentistry and oral health updates in Indiana and across the country. For more information, or to share news, contact Karen Scharf, Director of Communications, at

ADA delegates debate governance, finances


IDA representatives to the ADA House of Delegates engaged in debate over governance restructuring and finances at the October meeting in San Francisco. Ultimately, the current governance structure was left largely unchanged.

The Importance of Member Email Addresses


Effective the December issue of the Indiana Dentist, the IDA will no longer publish a printed bimonthly newsletter. Instead, news updates will be primarily distributed through a new biweekly IDA email update, with highlighted stories appearing in the IDA’s quarterly Journal.

IDA purchases new building for Central Office


After a year-long evaluation and search, the IDA has found a new home for its Central Office. In early November, the office will relocate to Indianapolis' south side. Details are being finalized on the purchase of the two-story, 15,000 square foot building.

Monthly dues payment program returns for 2013


In 2012, the ADA, IDA and local dental societies started a Monthly Dues Program that allows members the convenience of paying annual dues for the current year in monthly installments. Should members enroll in this optional program, the IDA will deduct dues payments from your bank account each month.

IDA Foundation announces new grants


The IDA Foundation for Dental Health has announced grants to fund programs dedicated to dental education in Indiana. Funding was granted for the digitization of over 100 years of IDA journals, the IDA's inaugural diversity program, and a two-week educational experience for Kenyan students at the I.U. School of Dentistry.

Opinion: What's Your Legacy?


Apart from dentistry, your legacy may lie in your personal, religious or community life. Some have given generously as a member of the Lion’s Club or other civic organization, while others have made their legacy secure through service on the school board or through their church.

IDA award, officer nominations sought for 2013


The Indiana Dental Association now accepting nominations for specialty awards, to be presented at the 2013 IDA Annual Session. This is a chance for members to recognize colleagues who have played a significant role in advancing dentistry. Nominations for officers are also being sought.

Diversity program participants attend first session


The IDA’s inaugural group of AIR (Acceptance, Inclusion, Respect) participants recently began their two-year leadership development track. AIR accepts promising leaders who are members of racial, ethnic, gender and/or sexual orientation groups traditionally underrepresented in IDA leadership.

Chatter: Meet IUSD Student Ryan Smith


The Indiana Dental Association randomly selects a member to interview about a variety of questions, ranging from practice advice to favorite hobbies. For the October issue of the Indiana Dentist newsletter we chatted with Ryan Smith, a third-year dental student.

School of dentistry calls for IDA members interested in Kenya trip


A recent article in the ADA News focused attention on I.U. School of Dentistry’s academic partnership with Moi University School of Dentistry. This program is part of a 20+ years partnership between I.U. School of Medicine and Moi University in Eldoret, which is located in Western Kenya.

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