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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

IDA publication transition nears completion


As part of an effort to make member communications more effective, the Editorial Board and Council on Communications has now merged the printed newsletter into the printed Journal and IDA website, effective the December issue of the newsletter.

'Contact dentists' sought for new legislators


Now that Election Day has passed, it is time to engage your representatives in the Statehouse. As the Indiana State Legislature welcomes 28 new faces in the upcoming legislative session, the time for IDA members to reach out on behalf of dentistry is now.

IDA outlines legislative package for 2013


The IDA will pursue a number of legislative changes based on charges from the IDA House of Delegates. We have outlined a summary of the initiatives, for which we will need every member's voice and support in the 2013 Indiana General Assembly.

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.

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