National Outreach Initiative

ASDA-Outreach-logo-RGBLife’s most persistent and urgent question is “what are you doing for others?” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Volunteerism is one of the fundamentals of organized dentistry and a crucial component of many ASDA chapters. This summer, ASDA launched the National Outreach Initiative to highlight chapters’ community service efforts, as well as focus on some of the unique populations we serve. The National Outreach Initiative has two components: a focus on special populations and ASDA’s Week of Service on Jan. 15-19, 2018, which will feature chapters’ community service achievements. By promoting awareness of special populations and recognizing the volunteer efforts of chapters, ASDA hopes to emphasize the importance of outreach in our communities. Look for updates on the National Outreach Initiative in publications, blog posts and chapter spotlights. 

The National Outreach Initiative serves to promote unity, awareness and lifelong involvement in community service. It further builds the value of community in our profession while increasing awareness of underserved populations.

Special Populations

There are many diverse populations of patients that may not be seen on a regular basis in clinic or in practice. Members have highlighted some of these on ASDAS’s blog, Mouthing Off, in an effort to educate students on these at-risk communities: 

Week of Service

The National Outreach Initiative also includes ASDA’s Week of Service on Jan. 15-19, 2018, which will use social media to highlight successful outreach events, how-tos for putting together a community service project, our own “Humans of ASDA” Facebook series and blog posts and webinars from Colgate, the sponsor of the National Outreach Initiative. 
Smile_Lockup_2018Colgate is the generous sponsor of ASDA’s National Outreach Initiative. To support the outreach efforts of dental students, Colgate has provided:

To have pictures of your chapter’s outreach project considered for posting on the student section of the Colgate Professional website, complete this release form for all people included in the image.