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Spring Foundation President’s Message

Monday, May 18, 2015   (0 Comments)
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BY Steve Gross, CDT, Foundation President

Annual Meeting
The CSPD Annual Meeting in Dana Point was alive with a buzz of participation and good will. The wonderful weather added to what was one of the most memorable events I can remember. Congratulation to Smith Moore & Associates and the Annual Meeting Committee for another grandevent!

Access to Care in California:
Meeting the Challenge and Innovative Solutions This year in Dana Point, the Foundation Presentation was cosponsored by Healthy Smiles Healthy Children, the Foundation
of the AAPD. An impressive panel of experts assembled for presentations and in-depth discussions on issues that affect a growing number of California’s children. The lack of access to oral care for a substantial segment of the population, including low-income and special needs patients, as well as the under-insured, has led to an environment where we will no longer be able to conduct “business as usual.”

Focus On the Future
The Foundation continues its mission to enhance and expand educational opportunities for CSPD/WSPD members, faculty and students.

Thanks go out to you, the CSPD/WSPD membership, for your generous donations.

Bridge the Gap Program
Over the last five years The Bridging the Gap Program as been an overwhelming success, with over $350,000 provided to California’s pediatric dentistry programs to help with faculty recruitment and retention. The Foundation also supports the Annual Meeting as a Diamond Sponsor and sets aside an additional $20,000 per year for the Santos Cortez Graduate Student Legislative and Advocacy Program and the Warren Brandli Leadership Intern program. These programs will ensure that there will always be a strong corps of leaders for CSPD in the years to come. While we will continue the funding of these programs, we will now open for consideration a wide variety of additional grant options.

New Opportunities
Our new Program Enrichment Grant will fund innovative program enhancements, with each grant funded up to $8,000.

At this point I would like to speak directly to you, the membership of CSPD. It is only through your donations that this Foundation can keep our dream alive. To those who have given, THANK YOU! There are many of you out there who are at or approaching the completion of your life pledge, so I ask you to join many of your colleagues in the same position who have pledged to continue giving at the same or even higher level.
There are over 700 members of CSPD and only about a hundred who support the Foundation. Just think what a force we would be if we ALL kicked in as little as a hundred dollars a year. ($.29 cents a day) What a difference it would make! PLEASE JOIN US!

Finally, I want to extend my gratitude to our Foundation Board – it is only through their hard work that we continue to accomplish great things for pediatric dentistry in California.

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