The Student National Dental Association/Hispanic Student Dental Association Chapter at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry are organizations that mentor to minority students (from preschooler age students to graduate students), promote diversity through activities and events, and provide fellowship among its members. The two associations are separate identities nationally; however, at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry they are two associations with combined goals, and membership.
The organization focuses its efforts on community service. Activities have been diverse as: making and decorating masks to auction for benefit of the Mattie Rhodes Center, social service and mental health counseling, hosting an annual variety show displaying the cultural diverse talents of students and faculty, dental screenings, tooth prints for child identification and the list goes on.
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
June 28, 2015
I am very honored and grateful for the opportunity to represent Student National Dental Association & Hispanic Student Dental Association (SNDA/HSDA) as President during the 2015-2016 year. SNDA/HSDA is truly a unique organization and there is no other like it at UMKC School of Dentistry. This remarkable organization brings together a group of diverse individuals from many different backgrounds to help the local community through service and encourage the youth of the Kansas City area to explore the incredible field of dentistry.
During my first year of dental school, I discovered very quickly I had a passion for this organization because its ability to give back to the community and help future students that are in the same shoes I was in not too long ago. All the members of this organization seem to share this same passion and we all truly enjoyed the opportunity to help out the community as well as teach the youth about dentistry. Members of SDNA/HSDA show their commitment through volunteering countless weekends at different community service events and dental explorers post.
Since I have been a member of the organization, throughout my first and second year of dental school, I have seen the organization grow and become what it currently is today. The new officers and I commit to continuing this growth and strive to build SNDA/HSDA into a stronger diverse organization. As we start the 2015-2016 school year the new officers have goals for SNDA/HSDA. Our first goal is to continue to have a profound presence at UMKC School of Dentistry through recruitment of incoming dental students through planning new community service, recruitment, and social events. Our second goal to continue to stay heavily involved in the Kansas City community through different health fairs and new dental explorers post events.
Thank you to Maria Jackson and Shayla Barber, President and Vice President during 2014-2015 as well as all the other officers. They have put in countless hours to help make the organization what is today, through forming new community service events, social events and fundraising. SNDA/HSDA would not be the organization it is today without the support of UMKC School of Dentistry faculty and staff, especially our advisors Mr. John Cottrell and Dr. Derek Williams.
President, Student National Dental Association & Hispanic Student National Association UMKC School of Dentistry
Parent and Affiliate Organizations
The purpose of the Society of American Indian Dentists (SAID) is to: promote dental health in the American Indian community; encourage American Indian youth to pursue a career in the profession of dentistry; serve as a resource for assistance to American Indian students interested in the profession of dentistry; provide role-model leadership; promote American Indian heritage and traditional values; and promote and support the unique concerns of American Indian dentists. The Society’s membership comprises of approximately 65 American Indian dentists representing 41 different tribes
The Hispanic Dental Association is a national non-profit organization comprised of oral health professionals and students who are dedicated to promoting and improving the oral health of the Hispanic community. It advocates for Hispanic oral health professionals across the US. The association works with a wide spectrum of individuals and organizations to communicate to Hispanic and non-Hispanic dental professionals, students, and the public.
The mission of the National Dental Association is to represent the concerns of ethnic minorities in dentistry, to elevate the global oral health concerns of underserved communities, to enhance educational and financial opportunities, and public policy awareness for its members; and to recruit underrepresented minorities into the profession through advocacy and mentorship.
Heart of America Dental Society.The Heart of America Dental Society’s Mission mirrors the National Dental Association, but is uniquely tailored to address the needs of Kansas City, Missouri, Kansas City, Kansas and the immediate surrounding communities. The society is revived and has a restored energy and sense of urgency to address the oral health disparities in our communities, foster collaboration to address these ends, promote dentistry as a viable career option/profession for people of color and underserved communities. Furthermore, the society is committed to mentor, embrace and motivate aspiring youth and dental students.
Letter From The President Heart of America Dental Society
On behalf of the entire Heart of America Dental Society members, we are pleased and humbled to share space on the Student National Dental Association/Hispanic Dental Association web-site. One, because the organization remains fresh and dear to my heart, as I am a not too distant member, president, and graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. Secondly, this opportunity and venue is ideal for simultaneously promoting both organizations, the work we do, the plight to address oral health disparities, and to promote the increase of underrepresented minorities and underserved individuals in the oral health professions. Literally and figuratively the two organizations are anatomically linked together.
The Heart of American Dental Society is under the umbrella of the National Dental Association and was established in 1940 and incorporated with the State of Missouri. Formerly, the society was viable and active; however, for the past ten years has been inactive. In December 2010 the society was reactivated and has a membership roster of forty (40) dentists. The membership is bi-state, Kansas and Missouri. Many of the members are University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry graduates, and others have origins from historically Black Dental Colleges i.e. Meharry and Howard.
Historically, members have served in a variety of arenas to include, but not limited to, the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry’s “Diversity Task Force,” employed as UMKC part-time clinical instructors, hosted dental offices for the School of Dentistry’s Advanced Dental Assisting Program, and facilitated the employment of promising minority/underserved graduating seniors. Others have been guest speakers for the School of Dentistry’s (SOD) Dental Research Explorer Post, Freshmen Dental Orientation, SNDA/HSDA Senior Send-off, and the Midwest Dental Conference.
The Heart of America Dental Society has always extended an invitation to enrolled UMKC underrepresented dental students to attend and join the society. As it relates to community service and outreach, Heart of American Dental Society members extend themselves beyond the regular work day to collaborate with health agencies, community organizations and church groups to address an array or oral health related areas.
|Vice-President||Serese M. Cannon, DDS|
|Secretary||Anika Jackson, DDS|
|Treasurer||Haywood Hambrick, DDS|
|Historian||Megan Thomas, DDS|
|Chaplin||Lawrence Shine, D.D.S.,P.C.|
Farewell graduating SNDA/HSDA Seniors. You will be missed but not forgotten.
Senior Send-off April 24, 2016
Corpsman Darron King (left) demonstrates how to insert an IV to Shawnee Mission West junior Lexie Allen during A Day of Discovery hosted by the UMKC Dental Explorers Post at The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry on Saturday, February 7, 2015, in Kansas City, Missouri. A Day of Discovery allows high school students interested in the dental profession an opportunity to experience dentistry up close and personal. Brian Davidson Special to The Star
UMKC dental student Brad Chun (back left) helps Penn Valley sophomore Ranja Johnson (right) with a dental impression on Lincoln College Prep senior Kiana Muntagin during A Day of Discovery hosted by the UMKC Dental Explorers Post at The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry on Saturday, February 7, 2015, in Kansas City, Missouri. A Day of Discovery allows high school students interested in the dental profession an opportunity to experience dentistry up close and personal. Brian Davidson Special to The Star
- Congratulations to the new 2015-2016 Dental Explorer Post Officers
From left to right: Madeline Lewis, Treasurer, Alexis Allen, President, Dwayne Smith, Vice- President, Symphony Davis Secretary and Alexis Shokere, Social Chair
- Dental Research Explorer Post 10/04/14