The Academy of General Dentistry’s Program Approval for Continuing Education (PACE) has approved IsraAID, a global humanitarian relief non-government organization, as a provider of continuing education credits in partnership with the Russian American Dental Association, Center for Professional Development, and Henry Schein.
IsraAID’s first accredited event will take place on April 10, 2019, at the University of California Los Angeles. “WASH Humanitarian Missions: Best Practices Defined” will focus on ways to provide access to safe water and promote hygiene practices in emergency relief and long-term development programs worldwide.
“IsraAID draws on Israeli social innovation and expertise to benefit people in need around the world,” said Seth H. Davis, executive director of IsraAID US. “We are thrilled to offer dentists, key professional members of our aid work, more ways to be involved in disaster relief and grow our impact even further than the 2 million people we have served to date.”
IsraAID also is inviting dentists to join its July 2019 mission to Kenya, where it is one of the longest-term recovery providers. Last year, IsraAID and Henry Schein partnered with local professionals and agencies to operate four dental clinics serving more than 200,000 refugees.
“We are pleased to support IsraAID’s efforts to expand access to oral healthcare for the men, women, and children most in need,” said Stanley M. Bergman, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Henry Schein.
“To that end, we have taken several steps to expand access to care for vulnerable populations in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, including supporting the volunteer healthcare professionals who provide critical dental care to this community,” said Bergman.
“We encourage our professional partners to learn more about how they can meaningfully engage with disaster relief efforts through educational programs like this one offered by IsraAID,” Bergman said.
“I am very excited about this partnership,” aid Rada Sumareva, DDS, founder of the Russian American Dental Association. “I feel it is really important to encourage and enable dental professionals to be global citizens, use their skill set to make a difference, and build bridges amongst people.”
The IsraAID Humanitarian Professionals Network is coordinating the mission. This international network of professionals and volunteers operates in 50 countries overall and is active in 18 countries today. Members receive expert briefings and training in humanitarian aid, international development, and disaster response as well as deployment opportunities.