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Some of OSAP's Accomplishments in 2011


PROGRAMS
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  • Developed and implemented successful "Contagion” contest and educational website using the new Warner Brothers film as a teachable moment for OSAP members and the entire dental community
  • Partnered with the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) to co-sponsor the 25th "International Infection Prevention Week” and built a related oral healthcare resource page on the website
  • Participated in developing the World Health Organization’s new comprehensive guide for patient safety education in dentistry, medicine, midwifery, nursing and pharmacy. The Guide was introduced globally on October 18.
  • Introduced new information tool for OSAP members – the weekly "InfoBite” email that delivers the top relevant, breaking news stories to OSAP members’ inboxes
  • Developed and are now launching a comprehensive new Membership Strategy offering more targeted benefit bundles to help develop and support the OSAP community
  • Conducted two successful national educational programs – the June Infection Prevention Symposium and in January, as a co-sponsor with the US Air Force
  • Signed agreement with NextDDS to serve as an infection control advocate for a new national initiative for dental students
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OPERATIONS
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  • Finalized a new strategic plan for the organization and posted a one-page summary on the OSAP website for all members
  • Was awarded a grant through the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) on the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard’s Exposure Control Plan (ECP)
  • Welcomed two new Friends of OSAP: Sir Liam Donaldson (WHO Patient Safety Chairman) and Anne Eiting-Klamar MD (President of Midmark Corp.)
  • Expanded OSAP’s corporate member rolls with Kimberly-Clark and PureLife Dental
  • Expanded the OSAP Foundation Board of Directors by adding Andrew Whitehead (Crosstex International)
  • Conducted membership survey to ensure the organization is serving our members’ needs
  • Developed OSAP "Fact Sheets” for members and others to use to better understand organization
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OUTREACH
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  • Established and filled new position – Director of Research & Scientific Affairs with Charles Palenik MS PhD MBA. This has allowed OSAP to increase its advocacy by:
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    • Joining the American Dental Association and other organizations in signing a Letter to Congress urging recognition of health, education, job training, children’s and social services programs as priorities that would be protected from further budget cuts
    • Contributing to a scientific review of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new hepatitis guidelines
    • Contributing dental input and supporting a Call to Action for sharps safety via a Consensus Statement through the International Healthcare Worker Safety Center
    • Working on an educational initiative to support influenza vaccinations for dental healthcare workers
  • Completed a successful project with the Association of State & Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) to enhance efforts to incorporate infection prevention and control, and patient and staff safety into state oral health program infrastructure. This project can be used as a template for OSAP to integrate its infection prevention expertise into other organizations.
  • Delivered lectures at national meetings of American Dental Assistants Association/American Dental Association (Jackie Dorst RDH) and Hispanic Dental Association (Eve Cuny MS); and internationally, at the International Dental Federation (FDI) in Mexico City (Enrique Acosta Gio DDS PhD, Dra. Carmen Carrington-Betts and Eve Cuny MS)
  • Conducted compliance contests at the OSAP exhibit booth at two national meetings: RDH Under One Roof and the American Association of Dental Boards
  • Signed on as a supporting member of the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives – a national campaign to provide education and awareness to parents and caregivers on how they can best take control of their children’s oral health through disease prevention. The campaign’s ultimate goal will be to improve children’s oral health so that they can develop into healthy adults.
  • Supported rebuilding of Haiti’s dental infrastructure through a donation to Health Volunteers Overseas/American Dental Association
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