Meet Your New Trustee
Edward J. Vigna, D.D.S.*
This October it became my privilege to begin serving as your American Dental Association Trustee from the Tenth District. I have the honor to follow a remarkable lady, Dr. Kathy Kell, who served us so very well these past four years. In December we began working as a new Board of Trustees. The other new members who are joining me are Drs. Ken Rich from the Fifth District, Chuck Steffel from the Seventh District, Chuck Norman from the Sixteenth District, and Sam Low from the Seventeenth District.
House of Delegates 2008
Although I have no Board activity to report on at this time, I would like to answer a commonly asked question and share some thoughts from the recent House of Delegates of this association. I have received many questions about the status of our Executive Director situation. The ADA has amicably resolved its issues with Dr. Jim Bramson and Ms. Mary Logan. As a member of the screening committee, I can tell you that we are very busy interviewing candidates and working hard to find the best possible individuals to recommend for final consideration.
The House of Delegates did a fine job of attending to the business of our association. As you are all aware, it was the wish of the House to have no dues increase, and the House defeated the proposed budget as recommended by the Board of Trustees and the Budget Reference Committee. Thus the budget was sent back to the Board. We will now accept the challenge of continuing the services and programs you all need and want with these fiscal restraints. I can assure our members I will always be a good steward of our dues dollars.
Access to Care Update
To no one’s surprise, access to care continues to dominate the current and future landscape of our profession. We need not look far to hear the voices of unrest and concern among legislatures, Association members, and the public. Following spirited debate, the House approved the continual funding of the Community Dental Healthcare Coordinator (CDHC) program. The more than 80% support was important not just for the continuation of the program but to show other stakeholders that we continue to believe in and financially support our own program. I liken this to the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Some think the program goes too far, others say not far enough, and then many say it is just right. It is now important the profession agrees to disagree, puts its differences aside, and allows the implementation of all phases of the CDHC pilots as designed to proceed. Keeping the program intact from beginning through evaluation will give us the true measure of the impact and the effectiveness of the outcome. Having just returned from the National Primary Oral Health Conference, I can tell you the dentists in attendance are the ones seeing and living with the effects of an access to care problem on a daily basis. They were excited about the potential of the CDHC, and pleased that the ADA has developed this model.
Ready When You Are
I look forward to communicating with you through this journal and hope you will contact me with comments, concerns, or questions. I can assure you I will do my homework, be prepared, and represent the interests of the profession on the Board of Trustees. If we always remember our commitment to serve, we can always hold our heads high and be proud of our delivery model with a dentist at the head of the team providing treatment. n
Please feel free to contact me at the following numbers:
Phone: (402) 770-7070
*Dr. Ed Vigna is the Trustee to the Tenth District of the American Dental Association, representing Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.