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Overview

Dentists and allied dental personnel are willing to support the medical and public health response to disasters and, with minimal additional training, could readily fit into an all-hazards emergency health care paradigm.1,2,3 Dentists receive a sound general medical background during their professional education. Most dental facilities can also be used as outpatient surgery centers and pharmaceutical storage and distribution sites for overwhelmed hospital facilities.4,5

Engaging dentists when public health and medical response plans are being developed will ensure that dental personnel (and facilities) are not overlooked or underutilized during a mass casualty event. 

Legislation

Dental Emergency Responder Act of 2011

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Letters and Testimony

  • March 15, 2013—Press release on passage of H.R. 307, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act of 2013. 
  • June 15, 2012—Coalition letter urging the House conference committee to retain the dental provisions in H.R. 2405, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2011.
  • June 15, 2012—Coalition letter  urging the Senate conference committee to retain the dental provisions in S. 1855, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act Reauthorization of 2011. 
  • December 7, 2011—Letter urging the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to mark up H.R. 3586, the Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act of 2011, and forward it to the full House with a unanimous recommendation for passage.
  • December 7, 2011—Letter urging the House Committee on the Judiciary to mark up H.R. 3586, the Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act of 2011, and forward it to the full House with a unanimous recommendation for passage.
  • November 10, 2011—Letter thanking the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions for ensuring that H.R. 570, the Dental Emergency Responder Act of 2011, was incorporated into S. 1855, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act Reauthorization of 2011.
  • July 29, 2011—Letter thanking the House Committee on Energy and Commerce for ensuring that H.R. 570, the Dental Emergency Responder Act of 2011, was incorporated into H.R. 2405, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2011.
  • April 19, 2011—Letter  commenting on the Department of Health and Human Services National Health Security Strategy and Biennial Implementation Plan.
  • February 15, 2011—Letter thanking the House Committee on Energy and Commerce for marking up H.R. 570, the Dental Emergency Responder Act of 2011, and forwarding it to the full House of Representatives with a unanimous recommendation for passage.
  • February 9, 2011—Coalition letter urging members of the House to cosponsor H.R. 570, the Dental Emergency Responder Act of 2011.
  • February 9, 2011—Coalition letter urging members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to markup H.R. 570, the Dental Emergency Responder Act of 2011, and forward it to the full House of Representatives with a unanimous recommendation for passage.
  • February 9, 2011—Letter commending Reps. Michael Burgess (R-Tex. 26th) and Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y. 10th) for introducing H.R. 570, the Dental Emergency Responder Act of 2011.
  • February 9, 2011—Press release on H.R. 570, the Dental Emergency Responder Act of 2011.
  • August 3, 2010—Letter thanking the House Committee on Energy and Commerce for marking up H.R. 903, the Dental Emergency Responder Act, and forwarding it to the full House of Representatives with a unanimous recommendation for passage. 
  • July 29, 2010—Press Release on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce markup of H.R. 903, the Dental Emergency Responder Act. 
  • November 10, 2009—Letter thanking Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich. 1st) for ensuring that H.R. 903, the Dental Emergency Responder Act, was incorporated into H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act. (PDF)
  • April 13, 2009—Coalition letter urging members of the Senate to sponsor the Dental Emergency Responder Act (PDF)
  • April 13, 2009—Coalition letter urging members of the House to cosponsor H.R. 903, the Dental Emergency Responder Act (PDF)
  • February 5, 2009—Letter to Reps. Bart Stupak (D-Mich. 1st) and Candice Miller (R-Mich. 10th) expressing support for H.R. 903, the Dental Emergency Responder Act (PDF)
  • February 5, 2009—Statement by ADA President John S. Findley on H.R. 903, the Dental Emergency Responder Act
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ADA Resources

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Additional Resources 

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Contact Us

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