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ADA Welcomes President Bill Clinton as Distinguished Speaker at Annual Session

2013 Convention Slated Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 in New Orleans

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CHICAGO, March 6, 2013 — The American Dental Association (ADA) will welcome President Bill Clinton to the 154th Annual Session and World Marketplace Exhibition for the 2013 Opening General Session and Distinguished Speaker Series Thursday, Oct. 31 at the New Orleans  Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

President Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd president of the United States, was the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice. He led the nation to the longest economic expansion in U.S. history, including the creation of more than 22 million jobs, according to his biography from the Harry Walker Agency.

After leaving the White House, he established the William J. Clinton Foundation, an organization with a mission to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote healthier childhoods and protect the environment by fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations and private citizens. Today the foundation’s staff and volunteers work around the world improving lives through several initiatives, including the Clinton Health Access Initiative, which is helping 4.5 million people living with HIV/AIDS have access to lifesaving drugs.

"We are excited and honored to have President Clinton speak at the Annual Session," said Dr. Michael Blicher, 2013 chair for the Council on ADA Sessions. "I believe his charitable work and experiences can inspire all dentists, no matter what their political beliefs are."

In addition to his foundation work, President Clinton is the author of three books, "Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World," his memoir "My Life" and the New York Times bestseller "Back to Work." Born in Hope, Ark., President Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, have one daughter, Chelsea, and live in Chappaqua, N.Y.

The ADA’s annual session, which is scheduled Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, brings together leaders in dental practice, research, academia and industry to present more than 300 continuing education courses over four days. The Opening General Session, which kicks off the convention, will also honor the winner of the 2013 Humanitarian Award.

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About the American Dental Association

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 157,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit www.ada.org. For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA’s consumer website www.MouthHealthy.org.