Alliance of the GDA
The Alliance is an organization of hundreds of 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 2014-15 officers President Cindy Jernigan, President Elect Julie Vaughn, Vice President Julia Davis, Secretary Erin Park, Treasurer Fran Brown, Editor Janet Bradberry, and Parliamentarian Shari Carter for their efforts in leading the Alliance team.


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Upcoming Alliance Events


APRIL 2015

Thurs-Sun, April 16-19:
Memphis, TN. Alliance of the American Dental Association (AADA) Annual Conference. Learn, grow, socialize, and meet other special Alliance members from around the country! See www.allianceada.org.

Sat-Sun, April 18-26:
GDA President’s Trip to Cuba. Click to read more about this unique trip. Deposits due by October 2014.

Mon-Wed, April 27-29:  }
ADA Washington, DC, Leadership Conference. All interested dentists and spouses.


JULY 2015
Thurs-Sun, July 23-26:
GDA / AGDA Annual Meeting at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Amelia Island, Florida.


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 devastating 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.