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ASTDD Committees

Standing Committees

Awards Committee - President

The President chairs this committee and appoints two members who are not members of the Board of Directors. The committee solicits nominations from the membership for the Association's Awards, giving due consideration to the eligibility, merits and accomplishments of the candidates. Such nominations are to be approved by the Board of Directors and awards are made at the next annual meeting. The ASTDD awards are an Outstanding Achievement Award to past or current member(s) of the Association only, and a Distinguished Service Award to non-members or organizations. Recommendations of awards must be made to the Board of Directors for approval at least 60 days in advance of the annual session. Normally, the awards are presented annually. However, there is no requirement to do so. The President may also present a Special Presidents award at his/her discretion. ASTDD may provide travel expenses for the recipients if they are not already attending the meeting.

Nominating Committee - Past President

The Committee is defined in the By-Laws. The Immediate-Past President is Chairperson, and two regular members and an associate member are elected by the Board of Directors. The function is to propose and present to the Assembly a slate of nominees for the positions whose incumbent's term is expiring at the next annual meeting, or nominees for positions that have been vacated since the last annual meeting. The list of nominees must be submitted to the membership30 days prior to the annual meeting. Additional nominations may be made from the floor at the annual meeting. The vote may be by secret ballot at the discretion of the President. Installation of Officers and Directors is the last order of business of the Annual Meeting.

Annual Meeting Committee - President and President-Elect

The joint ASTDD/AAPHD program committee will prepare an educational and scientific program for the annual sessions. The program chairperson and the committee will keep the Board of Directors informed of progress on a regular basis.

Ad-Hoc Committees

Best Practices Committee
This committee is charged with designing a system that utilizes not only the literature, but real-world experience to highlight programmatic practices that are successful at the state level. The information in available on the ASTDD web site, and is routinely revised and updated.

Steven P. Geiermann, DDS.
Phone: 312 440 2667
Fax: 312 440 4640

The purpose of the ASTDD Communications Committee is to oversee the various communication activities of the organization. The committee is responsible for publishing and distributing the annual ASTDD report and the ASTDD Roundup newsletter. The webmaster works with the committee to promote, manage and update the ASTDD website and listservs. Additionally, the communications committee creates, distributes, and displays promotional materials and brochures for member and partner use.

John Welby, MS
Phone: 410 767 6735
Fax: 410 333 7392

The committee oversees all of the activities of the Association regarding the National Oral Health Surveillance System, the BRFSS, YRBS, PRAMS, the Synopsis of State Programs, BSS training and TA and any MCH related data requests or technical assistance. Two coordinators and various advisory groups work with committee members to accomplish all objectives. The coordinators provide technical assistance and training to states on oral health assessment and surveillance.

Mona Van Kanegan, DDS, MS, MPH
Phone: 217 557 5322
Fax: 217 557 7117

Dental Public Health Policy Committee
The committee's function is to oversee the creation of white papers and policy statements for submission to the membership for approval and maintain the database of current and previous policies and resolutions.

Harry Goodman, DMD, MPH
Phone: 443 243 7143

Fluorides Committee
The committee assures that ASTDD positions and policies are presented in all appropriate venues and it oversees all activities that the association may be involved in regarding fluorides, including the fluoride awards at the annual meeting.

Amy Umphlett, MPH
Phone: 971 673 1564

Healthy Aging Committee
The committee serves as a focal point for healthy aging issues and resources for state oral health programs.

Samuel R Zwetchkenbaum, DDS, MPH
Phone: 401 222 6079

Perinatal Oral Health Committee
This committee serves as a focal point for issues and resources for state oral health programs relating to pregnancy and early childhood programs, policies, and materials.

Mark Moss, DDS, PhD
Phone: 252 737 7229

School and Adolescent Oral Health Committee
This committee serves as a resource to state oral health programs and works to ensure a strong oral health component in all school and adolescent health initiatives. The committee collaborates with other organizations to accomplish its objectives and uses a coordinator and various working teams to conduct project activities.

Rudy F. Blea, BA
Phone: 505 827 0837
Fax: 505 827 0021

SDEC Workgroups
The goal of these workgroups is to promote and support State and Territorial Oral Health Programs (STOHP) and STOHP leadership and staff development through a variety of resources, including the ASTDD Guidelines for State and Territorial Oral Health Programs, the Competencies for State Oral Health Programs, Infrastructure Enhancement project, and the State Oral Health Program Review Manual. The workgroups also oversee ASTDD orientation, peer support, and professional development activities through workshops and webcasts as well as referring members to other learning and leadership opportunities. Various levels of technical assistance are offered, including coordinator advice on a specific topic, how to conduct a self-study to determine progress or areas for improvement, or a comprehensive onsite program review by a consulting team.

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