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US House congratulates ADA on its 150th anniversary

By Fred Michmershuizen, DTA
May 18, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC, USA: The United States House of Representatives recently passed a resolution commending the American Dental Association (ADA) for 150 years of working to improve access to oral health care services that are essential to help ensure the health of the American public.

House Resolution 204, introduced by Rep. Mike Simpson, a Republican of Idaho, on 3 March, congratulates the ADA for its 150th anniversary; commends the ADA’s work to improve the public’s oral health as well as access to oral health care for all Americans, especially low-income children; recognizes the tens of thousands of dentists who volunteer their time and resources to provide charitable and uncompensated oral health care to millions of Americans; and commends the ADA’s efforts to keep American dentistry the 'best in the world'.

“On behalf of the 157,000 members of the ADA, its officers and its staff, I would like to thank Congressman Mike Simpson for sponsoring — and the House of Representatives for passing — a resolution congratulating the ADA on its 150th anniversary, which the association celebrates this year,” said ADA President John S. Findley after passage of the congressional resolution.

“Though always vigilant on behalf of its members, the ADA nonetheless devotes considerable time and resources advocating for public health measures like community water fluoridation and initiatives to improve access to oral health care services for all Americans,” Findley said. “And of course, everyone recognizes the ADA’s role in emphasizing the benefits of prevention of disease through good oral hygiene. The ADA has always worked under the assumption that improving the public’s health and promoting the interests of dentistry are not mutually exclusive. In fact, one is essential to the success of the other.”

Findley also expressed gratitude to Reps. Steve Buyer and Donna Christensen for helping pass the resolution.

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