July 2019 Volume LIV Number 4

 
 
 
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A Message from Your President

May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3

Your Academy is Strong; Our Future is Bright
 
Wow, the year has flown by. Seems like we were just in Hawaii and now Chicago is upon us. This year has been great, and I am proud to say the AAPD has had another very successful year.
 
You will be hearing a lot on safety moving forward. Our Safety Committee has done a great job of beginning to establish a culture of safety in pediatric dentistry that will grow and strengthen over the years to come. With the soon to be released Online Safety Resource Manual/Tool Kit and the 2019 Safety Symposium, Hidden Threats and Safe Practices, the AAPD is on its way to becoming a leader in health care’s safety arena.
 
On the legislative front, we continue to secure $12 million in Title VII money to fund our residency programs as well as the faculty loan repayment program. Each of these are so important as they ensure that we have the workforce necessary to be able to serve the children. Our Council on Government Affairs has prepared and started work on this year’s legislative priorities, which will include Title VII funding, trying to make Faculty Loan Repayment funds non-taxable for the recipient, and working to pass the Student Loan refinance act. I would like to thank our Congressional Liaison Dr. Heber Simmons for his leadership in D.C., and making sure that we have the necessary relation- ships to be heard on the Hill. His guidance and expertise have been invaluable over the many years of his service. Under Heber’s guidance AAPD will begin transitioning two new congressional liaisons. Thank you to Jade Miller and Rob Delarosa for accepting the role and step- ping up to serve. I know we will be in good hands for many years to come.
 
Our biennial Chapter Leadership Conference held in Chicago in September was a huge success. Chapter and district leaders were able to share thoughts, ideas, and ways to better serve their organizations. My travels this year also allowed me to visit with many state and district chapters. They were great meetings and our relationships with each are strong. AAPD takes these relationships seriously and will continue to work to make sure that the states and districts have the resources they need to best serve their members.
 
Our Council on Clinical Affairs continues to review and revise the documents in the AAPD Reference Manual. Our reference manual remains the standard by which we practice pediatric dentistry. Numerous entities, nationally and worldwide, refer to it for guidance. The AAPD has also undertaken the creation of  Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines. The Evidence-Based Dentistry Committee is cur- rently working on two new Clinical Practice Guidelines. They are Non-Vital Pulp Therapy – Primary Teeth, and Behavior Guidance for the Pediatric Dental Patient. Both are scheduled to be released in 2020.
 
Your Academy is strong, and our future is bright. Thank you to all the volunteers who serve on our councils and committees. Your dedi- cation and hard work on these councils and committees gets a lion’s share of the Academy business done and makes the AAPD a stronger and more cohesive organization. My hat’s off to each of you.
In closing, I would like to thank my Executive Committee, board of trustees, our CEO John Rutkauskas, and AAPD’s incredible staff for all their help and support this year. They are a special group and an awesome team to work with! The Academy will be in good hands as your next President Dr. Kevin Donly takes over the reins. He is an amazing individual who will do great things for the Academy. I wish him a very successful and productive year.
 
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the AAPD as president this year. I thank you for the opportunity and your trust.
 
All the best and I’ll see you in Chicago!
 

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