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President's Message - Summer 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015   (0 Comments)
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“When the winds of change blow, some people build walls, others build windmills.”

This ancient Chinese proverb reminds us that the winds of change will blow, and to harness the opportunities they bring, one must be willing to work with the winds of change.

There have been many articles of late that describe how the professional landscape of pediatric dentistry is changing. Along with that change is another – how professional organizations are addressing the various models of the practice of dentistry, the changing demographics, and the desires and needs of the membership.

Last year, the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry held a strategic planning session, an event that occurs every few years, to ensure that our leadership is focused on significant issues and has tangible goals. Past President Dennis Nutter highlighted the strategic objectives in an article a few issues ago, but I will reiterate what came out of that session, and how we are currently working on implementing some of its objectives.

Our Mission is to help members excel in the practice of pediatric dentistry and advocate for quality oral health of infants, children and adolescents.
Our Vision is exemplary oral health for all infants, children and adolescents.
The current strategic plan that we are following focuses on three areas: membership, advocacy, and governance.

Increased Perceived Value and Relevance of CSPD to Members
We are working to understand CSPD members’ needs and values. We want to be a data-driven organization. In order to be so, we need to collect data from the membership and evaluate trends. We also want to assess and improve communications about the policies and actions that leadership undertakes.

You may have already received a few surveys that CSPD sent out to evaluate our modes of communication with you as well as our big event of the year, the annual meeting.

An indicator of success would be membership numbers and data reflecting increased member engagement, membership growth and positive feedback from you! We also hope to be more active on social media in an effort to stay relevant with our members and to communicate in the ways that our members do. 
We also strive to support policies, programs and efforts that lead to the successful, effective practice of pediatric dentistry. A measure of success would be membership growth and increased attendance at CSPD events. 

Effectively Influence Policy Decisions On Matters of Pediatric Oral Health and Delivery of Care
We want to make informed board decisions based on relevant data. To help in this endeavor, we are bringing in outside sources of information and expertise. We have content experts as guests at the Board meeting to educate us on subject matters that our board members may not have depth of knowledge on. We want to increase relevant and diverse perspectives to the Board so that the board members are well informed and can thoughtfully deliberate policy decisions. We are also working to proactively communicate more clearly and frequently with the membership on policy decisions and why decisions were made. An indicator that this goal is met would be an increased awareness of CSPD members about legislative and public policy issues.

Another goal is to increase collaboration with other professional organizations, including dental organizations and oral health groups. A measurement of success would be that policymakers begin considering CSPD to be a stakeholder and a valuable partner or collaborator in policy decisions.

Be a Highly Functional, Transparent Organization  
We would like to effectively leverage professional partnerships in the operations of CSPD. We want to develop an efficient committee structure with clear duties and responsibilities because we hope to have happier volunteer leaders who expend fewer hours! 

We also would like to implement a sustainable leadership development program that would lead to a Board that is diverse in its composition of members in practice areas, length of practice, and practice modalities, and whose members are well-informed and prepared to lead. 

I have tried to describe the roadmap that we are following and the very important objectives that we are striving towards. If you have questions about the process or if you have suggestions for me or for the board on how to better serve your needs, please email me at

Let’s build windmills together!

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