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Mar 11 2021
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]
Feb 12 2021
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]
Jan 18 2021
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]
Dec 18 2020
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]
Nov 11 2020
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]
Oct 14 2020
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]
Sep 3 2020
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]
Aug 18 2020
The current coronavirus pandemic has created many challenges in our society. This public health crisis has caused sickness and deaths and has negatively impacted our economy. It has altered nearly everyone’s life as businesses, churches, schools, restaurants, health care facilities and more have been closed or severely restricted. Our ... [continue reading]
Jul 13 2020
The Ohio General Assembly is considering a pair of bills (House Bill 606 and Senate Bill 308) that would provide certain businesses and health care providers with qualified civil immunity during the current coronavirus pandemic and other such emergencies. On behalf of the ODA, I submitted testimony in support of these bills to both the House Civil ... [continue reading]
Jun 17 2020
Last month's column focused on the “unprecedented” nature of our current situation as we navigate our way through the coronavirus pandemic. This novel coronavirus – COVID-19 – creates unprecedented challenges to how we live and how you practice dentistry. I wrote in last month’s column that “in our lifetimes we ... [continue reading]
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