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. ASDA is excited to continue the National Outreach Initiative following its inaugural year. We will again highlight special populations to bring awareness and encourage outreach events benefitting these unique patients. The Week of Service will also return to spotlight the incredible volunteer work many chapters do in their communities. Be on the lookout for outreach-inspired posts through all of ASDA's social media platforms and publications and be sure to use the #ASDAoutreach for your events. 

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. Each year, ASDA highlights various Special Population Focuses: 

From 2017-18

  • Special needs (Intellectual and developmental disabilities)
  • Veterans

From 2018-19

  • Geriatric
  • Displaced populations
  • Military/veterans
New this year, chapter presidents will receive "flash guides," mini how-to guides for each special population focus to aid discussion and event planning.

Members have highlighted several special populations on ASDA’s blog, Mouthing Off, in an effort to educate students on these at-risk communities: 

Week of Service

The national Week of Service will kick off on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 21, 2019 and will again feature social media takeovers, chapter event highlights and more.
2018 Colgate Smile Logo (7)Colgate 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.