Alliance of the GDA
The Alliance is an organization of more than 700 dental spouses, male and female, that serves as a valuable GDA partner in the arenas of legislative advocacy, dental health education, and well-being of the dental family. Alliance members coordinate the GDA legislative dental kit program, attend GDA LAW Day, take part in Give Kids a Smile Day and Children’s Dental Health Month activities, and conduct numerous other initiatives. Thanks to 2013-14 officers President Janelle Kauffman, President Elect Cindy Jernigan, Vice President Julie Vaughn, Secretary Julia Davis, Treasurer Fran Brown, Editor Janet Bradberry, and Parliamentarian Shari Carter for their efforts in leading the Alliance team.


Upcoming Alliance Events
Because the legislature is rushing through its required 40 days so that legislators can get back to their districts to campaign for the May 20 primary election, the GDA LAW Day for the Alliance on March 26 is likely to be cancelled. The GDA predicts that the legislative session will end before St. Patrick's Day. Please register for an earlier LAW Day if you can! Available dates are listed below. RSVP to Delaine Hall at the GDA Office at (800) 432-5357 or hall@gadental.org.
+ Wed, March 5
+ Wed, March 12


The Alliance Leadership Conference takes place April 3-6 in Santa Anna Pueblo, New Mexico. Visit the Alliance of the American Dental Association web site at www.allianceada.org for all of the details.

Save the date for an Alliance of the GDA family picnic at the Brittany Club in Atlanta on Saturday, May 10, from 11AM - 5PM. More details to come shortly!


Alliance Brings Meth Mouth Mary Education Module to Georgia
The Alliance owns a Meth Mouth Mary education module available for use by Alliance spouses in schools. The module includes "the heads," or a series of mannequin heads that show the physical transformation of a woman nicknamed Mary from a healthy individual to someone addicted to methamphetamine. The "fully addicted" mannequin head shows the devasting effect that the drug can have on the skin and teeth of an addict. If you have seen these mannequins, you know the impact they can have! The module also includes educational materials and a guide that can help an individual relate the dangers of drug use to students. If you are interested in using this module in a school, please contact Molly Bickford at jfbmkb@bellsouth.net or Alliance GDA staff support Delaine Hall at hall@gadental.org.

Dipper Dan Spit Tobacco Education Project
The Alliance owns two Dipper Dan models showing the long term effects of smokeless tobacco to use in schools around the state. Along with Alliance puppet shows promoting dental health, these modules can be presented and used in every district. Several Alliance members can travel to different districts to help anyone that wants to get any of these programs started, either during Dental Health Month in February or at any time during the year. Contact Alliance GDA staff support Delaine Hall at hall@gadental.org.