California Dental Association
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|President||Dr. Lindsey Robinson|
The California Dental Association, more commonly known as CDA, is a non-profit organization representing dentists in California. Founded in 1870, CDA supports its members in their practices in service to their patients and the public through innovation in education, advocacy and related programs. CDA also contributes to the oral health of Californians through various comprehensive programs and advocacy. CDA’s membership consists of nearly 25,000 dentists in 32 local dental societies throughout the state, making it the largest constituent of the American Dental Association.
CDA holds its biannual convention, CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim and San Francisco each year. The meetings, which are considered some of the largest dental conventions in the country and the largest on the west coast, offer lectures, technical exhibits and the opportunity for dental professionals to fulfill continuing education requirements.
The association publishes the Journal of the California Dental Association and Update newsletter.
The CDA organization comprises CDA, the CDA Foundation, The Dentists Insurance Company, and TDIC Insurance Solutions.
The CDA Foundation was formed as the philanthropic affiliate of the California Dental Association in 2001 with the mission to improve the oral health of Californians by supporting the dental health profession and its efforts to increase access to care for the state's most vulnerable people. The CDA Foundation works with experts in the dental profession, private business, academic institutions and government to produce programs that increase access to care, promote prevention education and intervention, advance health policy research and build a sustainable oral health workforce.
In 2012, the CDA Foundation and CDA began hosting biannual free dental clinics called CDA Cares. With the assistance of community volunteers, dentists and dental team members provide free oral health care services and education to more than 2,000 patients at each event.
The CDA Foundation also provides Student Loan Repayment Grants to new dentists in exchange for a three-year commitment by recipients to care for the underserved. Program goals are designed to reduce barriers to access oral health care services as well as establish an ongoing mechanism to provide dental professionals an opportunity to reduce their financial burden and to work in underserved communities.
The Dentists Insurance Company (TDIC)
TDIC was established by CDA as a wholly owned subsidiary in 1980 to sell insurance to dentists. TDIC is an insurer governed by dentists, exclusively for dental professionals, and offers Professional and Business Liability, Building and Business Personal Property and Employment Practices Liability coverage.
TDIC Insurance Solutions
TDIC Insurance Solutions was founded in 1982 by a group of CDA members to offer products and services specifically for dentists, their families, staff and practices. Insurance coverage includes life, health, disability, workers’ compensation, home, auto and long-term care.