Resources for Members
Association Activities and Services
Seven councils and eight committees meet regularly to carry out the responsibilities
and projects of the Association. Council and committee members are appointed
by the President with approval by the House of Delegates. From time to time
ad hoc committees are appointed to address specific issues.
Members are kept informed on topics of interest to Rhode Island dentists through the RIDA Newsletter, and the RIDA web site. In addition,
the Association publishes an annual Membership Directory and Resource Guide.
Top national speakers for dentists and staff are provided four to six times
a year to comply with licensure requirements, infection control, and OSHA
regulations. Exhibitors are invited to participate in Association programs
on a regular basis. In
addition, dental education courses on topics of importance or interest to
members are provided on an as-needed basis.
Over the past two years, the Council on Communications has been building a
positive perception of dentists and the practice of dentistry, and also by
educating the public about the utilization of dental benefits plans through
radio, television and print advertising.
Membership Benefits and Services
Membership in RIDA means that you are connected with organized dentistry
at the local, state and national levels. You can take advantage of services
and opportunities not available to the non-member dentist. See Membership
Annually, the House of Delegates passes a legislative agenda under
the guidance of the Council on Governmental Affairs as a directive
to our RIDA lobbyist and staff regarding priorities for the dental profession.
The Association and its component societies provide peer
review, which often facilitates resolution of disputes between patients,
and/or third party payers.
Chemical Dependency Resources
Approximately ten percent of the general
population suffers with an addiction, and in the profession of dentistry,
that percentage jumps
to at least 15 percent. Caring colleagues are available to provide
RIDA members, their families and staff with confidential information
support regarding dependency issues.
The Future Professional
The Association is actively involved in helping prepare new professionals
for the "real" world through the efforts of the Council on
Communications and the Committee on the New Dentist.
Access to Care
Providing better access to dental care for children and
adults has long been a priority for the Association. Members provide
the Department of Human Services and RIte Care.
Over the past 14 years, members and dental laboratories throughout
the state have volunteered to provide comprehensive dental services
to the handicapped through the Rhode Island Foundation of Dentistry
for the Handicapped, Donated Dental Services Program. DDS dentists
have donated over $2 million so far. The 180
volunteers donate over $184,000 a year in free private practice
dentistry to over 140 patients.