Symposium Helps Medical Professionals Heal the Community

Several health businesses organized the “Emerging from the Storm” symposium and was designed to help dentists, veterinarians and doctors of all kinds.

The event was organized by the Florida Dental Association, Florida Medical Association, Florida Veterinary Medical Association, Emerald Coast Medical Association, Bay Dental Society, Northwest District Dental Association, Henry Schein Inc. and Henry Schein Cares.

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Donate to the FDA Foundation for Giving Tuesday


In support of Giving Tuesday, Facebook is partnering with PayPal to match donations made on Facebook to nonprofits up to a total of $7 million. Please consider making a donation to the FDA Foundation for Giving Tuesday!

The FDA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Florida Dental Association promoting dental health for all Floridians. As Florida’s premier charitable organization for dentistry, the FDA Foundation is dedicated to working with our members to improve the oral health of all Floridians.

There is a critical need in our state to improve oral health. Every day thousands of Floridians are experiencing severe dental pain and infection that affects their health, self-esteem and quality of life — from their ability to find employment to their ability to speak or chew properly.

The FDA Foundation serves as a catalyst for uniting volunteers and organizations to make a difference through better oral health. Programs supported by the FDA Foundation — the Florida Mission of Mercy, Project: Dentists Care and Donated Dental Services — provide life-changing dental care to those who are in most need.

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Disaster Resources

As many of our Northwest District Dental Association members work to recover, we want you to know that the Florida Dental Association (FDA) and the FDA Foundation are here to help. We hope the following information will provide helpful resources in your recovery process.

Temporary Mobile Clinics Available
Dental Access Mobile Clinics LLC has temporary dental offices available for lease. The temporary offices are on a 48-ft. trailer platform and include the following:

  • two fully equipped treatment rooms with intraoral X-ray units and computer monitors
  • sterilization and lab area
  • panorex
  • intake and patient waiting area

They can be run by either generator or shore power. There is one unit that is designed to be connected together with another to make a four-operatory clinic, but the units also can be used independently if more than two operatories are needed. Unlike many mobile clinics, and especially many vans, Dental Access Mobile clinics are designed by dentists and are fully functional for all phases of dentistry. They have separate treatment rooms versus open bays with chairs that may or may not be set up for four-handed dentistry. There are four units available during the second week in November and another unit available in late December. Please click here for more information or call 803.321.3220.

FDA Foundation Disaster Assistance Grant Program
The FDA Foundation has resources available for Florida dentists who have been impacted by Hurricane Michael. Emergency disaster grants for immediate personal needs such as food, water, clothing, emergency shelter, medications, etc. are available through the FDA Foundation’s Disaster Fund.

To Apply
Grant amounts are determined based on completion of an application and available funds. You may access the FDA Foundation Emergency Disaster Grant Application here.

Grant Awards
FDA Foundation grants up to $1,500 per dentist are available.

Questions or Assistance
If you do not have access to the internet and need assistance completing your application over the phone, please call the FDA office at 800.877.9922. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact R. Jai Gillum at


Portable Dental Equipment
If you need assistance securing portable dental equipment, please email, call 800.877.9922 or send a or send a message to the FDA’s Facebook account.

Henry Schein Cares Road to Recovery Resource Center

Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) resources and information

Florida Small-business Emergency Bridge Loan Program
Provides short-term, interest-free loans up to $50,000 to small-business owners located in designated disaster areas that experienced physical and/or economic damage as a result of Hurricane Michael. Please visit for more information on eligibility requirements and application instructions. Deadline to apply is Dec. 7, 2018.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Disaster loans and business counseling is available for people and business affected by Hurricane Michael. Learn more about SBA disaster loans, which Florida counties are eligible and how to apply at

Unemployment Assistance: For information on federal disaster unemployment assistance for workers and the self-employed affected by Hurricane Michael, please visit or call 800.385.3920.

Short-term Food Assistance Benefits
File for D-SNAP (Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) to receive short-term food assistance benefits from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. ANYONE in the affected areas is eligible, and you can use the money you save on food to replace clothes and other necessities. Visit or call 866.762.2237 for more information.

Change of Address with BOD for Relocation Due to Hurricane Michael

If you have relocated due to Hurricane Michael and need to change your address on file with the Board of Dentistry (BOD), your Florida Dental Association (FDA) family can help. Please provide us with your full name, Florida dental license number, cell phone number and your new address via one of the following methods:

Once we receive this information, we will work with BOD staff to have the address associated with your dental license updated as soon as possible. If we can provide any additional assistance, please let us know. We are here for you!