ADA Humanitarian Award submission period open until Sept. 1

Advocacy: Dr. Theresa Cheng, recipient of the 2021 ADA Humanitarian Award, delivers opening remarks at the Veterans Day Open Mic Town Hall in Seattle in 2018.

Sept. 1 is the deadline to nominate someone for the 2022 ADA Humanitarian Award, a recognition open to member dentists who have distinguished themselves by giving a minimum of 10 years to improving the oral health of underserved populations stateside.

The award will include a $10,000 gift to the dental charity/project of the recipient's choice. The ADA typically recognizes the award recipient at the ADA's annual meeting.

Any individual may nominate any active, life or retired ADA member in good standing by submitting a nomination for consideration by the Board of Trustees.

Nominations received after the Sept. 1 deadline will be placed on file along with the required documentation for consideration the following year.

A nominator is limited to one Humanitarian Award nomination per year. Criteria includes:

  • Contributing significantly to alleviating human suffering and improving the quality of life and oral health of individuals in the U.S.
  • Demonstrating significant leadership and outstanding humanitarian volunteer accomplishments that bring honor to the profession.
  • Serving as an inspiration to the dental profession, colleagues and those treated."
  • Showing through the scope of work undertaken a commitment to humanity and selflessness without regard to direct personal or organizational gain or profit.
  • Establishing a legacy and/or sustainable program that is of ongoing value and benefit to others.

Theresa Cheng, D.D.S., of Washington, was the 2021 ADA Humanitarian Award recipient.

Previous award recipients include:

For more information contact the ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention at

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