According to a recent report from the Ohio Department of Health, 413 Ohio dentists have already registered and been accepted into the Medical Reserve Corps via the Ohio Responds Registry to administer COVID vaccines at mass vaccination events. This is just one more example of how the dental profession has responded to assist in addressing the ... [continue reading]
Last month, Oral Health Ohio, a group of diverse stakeholders that includes the ODA, Ohio Department of Health, Delta Dental of Ohio, Ohio Association of Community Health Centers Nationwide Children’s Hospital and others, released Ohio’s first “State Oral Health Plan.” The impetus behind the creation of the “State Oral Health Plan” was ... [continue reading]
As you may recall, shortly after the state issued an order last March to delay elective surgeries in order to preserve PPE as the COVID-19 pandemic grew in its early stages, the ODA convened a work group of representatives from organized dentistry, dental education, the Ohio State Dental Board and others to create a framework to allow for the safe ... [continue reading]
Every few years, the ODA does an in-depth membership survey that asks all ODA members to provide feedback on our programs, events, publications, etc. The members are also asked to rate what they value most about their membership in the ODA. In the most recent membership survey, the ODA’s efforts in “providing members with information about ... [continue reading]
As I write this column in the middle of December, Ohio has experienced another spike in COVID cases and the Christmas holiday is just a few days away. Like the Thanksgiving spike, experts are expecting another spike in cases due to Christmas and New Year celebrations despite pleas to limit such celebrations to immediate family. While the COVID ... [continue reading]
As with dental offices throughout Ohio, the ODA has been significantly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and related disruptions. While 2020 was like no other year we’ve experienced, the ODA remains active and valuable for its membership as we continue to traverse all of the issues related to the coronavirus pandemic. Pandemic impacts ODA ... [continue reading]
Last month’s column discussed the Electoral College’s role in the election of American presidents. As I wrote last month, in creating the Electoral College, the American Founders viewed the new nation as a union of states under a federal system and, as such, wanted to preserve a primary role for the states in America’s governance. The ... [continue reading]
With the 2020 presidential election on the horizon, the Electoral College will likely be in the spotlight again as it is every four years. The Electoral College gets even more scrutiny when the presidential candidate receiving the most popular votes does not win the presidency. This has happened five times since 1824, including twice in the last ... [continue reading]
One of my favorite aspects of the ODA is the events that we hold for our member dentists. For example, the ODA’s annual Day at the Statehouse is an extremely important and valuable event. Dentistry is a wonderful profession, but it is also a heavily regulated profession. Our Day at the Statehouse provides an opportunity for dentists from ... [continue reading]
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