Make a Difference: Get Involved

Leadership: Serve as a Council or Committee Member

Serving in leadership is your opportunity to make a difference in your profession. You also will benefit from networking with colleagues and discussing current clinical and management issues that affect your practice and profession as a whole.  

Not sure we could use you? We are always looking for members who want to step up and shape the future of their organization and their profession—especially if you haven't served in leadership before. 

We'll help you find a group you'll be comfortable and eager to join.  Contact Us.

Give Kids a Smile (GKAS)

Give Kids a Smile is coordinated by  AzDA’s charitable arm, the Arizona Dental Foundation (ADF). Since 2003, 15,500 children have received over $5 million in donated care. GKAS is an American Dental Association initiative to reduce absenteeism in school aged children by eliminating oral pain and infection. To obtain a schedule of upcoming GKAS events or learn how to host an event at your office, contact 480.344.5777 ext.325. 

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AzMOM—Central Arizona Dental Society’s Dental Mission of Mercy

The Central Arizona Dental Society Foundation hosts the Mission of Mercy (AzMOM) event at the Arizona Fairgrounds in Phoenix, AZ. 

More than $1,000,000 in free care is expected to be delivered to 2,000 patients. Both children and adults will be seen. Basic dental care includes items such as: fillings, extractions and cleanings. Limited lab work (i.e., stainless-steel crowns for children, treatment partials) will be offered. The program is unable to treat patients with specific medically-compromising conditions (e.g., extremely high blood pressure, high blood sugar, severe disabilities). 

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Oral Health Day at the Arizona Capitol

Every February you can join us for Oral Health Day at the Capitol, an opportunity for you to talk one on one to your legislator and express your opinions on an array of legislation affecting access to care, oral health, and dental practice issues. Members who have “Adopted a Legislator” are strongly encouraged to attend.

Breakfast and lunch is provided and volunteers are able to observe various activities on the Senate or House Floor. The day usually wraps up by 2pm.

LEAD:  Leadership Exploration and Development Program

The AzDA is excited to offer our members LEAD:  Leadership Exploration and Development Program.  Applicants will be chosen by the AzDA Council on Membership & New Dentists.  Candidates, who must be AzDA members in good standing, must complete this online application.  This comprehensive 12 month program is designed to build personal leadership skills through immersion experiences within organized dentistry.  No previous volunteer experience is required; participants will receive a thorough orientation to every aspect of the ADA organization.  Stipend will be provided to ensure participating is essentially a no-cost experience.  100% attendance and participation is required for all participants at each of the designated sessions.