Diversity and Inclusion Policy

The Oregon Dental Association strives to support diversity and inclusiveness in all our endeavors. We believe that these principles foster an innovative and dynamic culture and lead to sustainable results. They allow us to advance the dental profession and promote the highest standard of oral health and oral healthcare.

As a result, we serve and support the different identities, beliefs, perspectives, leadership, workforce and staff, as well as a wide range of communities and organizations. The objective of an inclusive experience in the ODA is to create comprehensive programs that are reflective of the diversity of our profession and communities served. It should aim to engage members and nonmembers in Association affairs; reducing oral health disparities across population groups; leadership development; diversity education for ODA leaders; and encouraging under-represented students from diverse backgrounds to pursue dental careers.

Cultural Competency CE Requirement:

Effective January 1, 2021, the Oregon Board of Dentistry requires all licensees to complete at least two hours of continuing education related to cultural competency.

The ODA offers a cultural competency course annually at the Oregon Dental Conference. HHS has an online offering. For other OHA approved course options, click here.