Pennsylvania Dental Journal March April 2018 - Page 53

The Alliance of the Pennsylvania Dental Association (APDA) was organized in 1950, when it was initially created as the Women’s Auxiliary. Many local societies had auxiliaries, some of which had been created back in the 1930s. The statewide auxiliary “was formed as a federation of the local auxiliaries ‘to advise component auxiliaries in all matters of organization, function and policy, and to provide necessary information for carrying on the dental health education program,” according to History of Dentistry in Pennsylvania. Over the past 68 years the members of the APDA, spouses of member dentists, have taken a valuable leadership role in dental health education, legislative initiatives, children’s dental health, Senior Smiles programs and many other projects. Alliance members have been instrumental in so many of PDA’s public relations efforts as well as the vital work of lobbying at the Capitol during Day on the Hill visits. Their dedication has also shined through in their work for Give Kids A Smile Day and smokeless tobacco programs. The members of the APDA have truly been partners in all of the success PDA has enjoyed through the years. MARCH/AP RIL 2018 | P EN N SYLVAN IA DEN TAL JOURNAL 53