OSAP Foundation's Vision is of
Safe Dental Care for People Everywhere
The OSAP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt educational foundation that supports education, research, service, and policy development to promote safety and the control of infectious diseases in dental healthcare settings worldwide.
- Founded in 1996
- Tax ID #52-1963109
Global events such as terrorist attacks, hurricanes, tsunamisand earthquakes, climactic changes, and forced migrations of major populations will continue to impact the world, and with it, the need for science-based information and education to address disease transmission and safety issues.
OSAP, with its nimble business model of a small centralized office and effective use of national and international experts, consultants, member volunteers, governmental agencies, other associations,industry andadvisory groups such as the Friends of OSAP,has worked proactively to identify and address current and emerging issues. For example, the organization has:
- Uploaded Guide for Safety and Infection Control for Oral Healthcare Missions for 24-7 use as free service to those in need
- Instituted specialized webpages as information portals for dental profession including
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the FREE CDC
Guidelines Online Course
Recent Example of
CDC Cooperative Agreement Project
As a non-governmental organization, the OSAP Foundationhas been able to leverage its resources with theseand other national and international organizations.
The leadership of the Foundation is 100% committed to achieving the vision of the organization. Over the past several years, the OSAP Foundation has worked toward three main goals to achieve its vision of safe dental care for people everywhere. A summary of successes to-date follows.
- Develop and implement innovative strategies to improve the transfer of current, accurate scientific information to dental care providers and the public. To that end, OSAP has developed and introduced:
In addition, OSAP has:
- A user-friendly website offering information, education, and assistance (www.OSAP.org)
- A process to quickly answer practitioner and patient questions on dental infection control, with answers accessible to all via OSAP.org's "Frequently Asked Questions" .
- The web-based "Newsflashes" to gather and provide daily links to breaking infection control stories.
- OSAP's Travelers' Guide to Safe Dental Care(available in printand online)
- The "If Saliva Were Red" training system, with video and trainer's guide.
- The comprehensive workbook CDC Guidelines: From Policy to Practice By OSAP.
- A six-module on-line training course covering the CDC Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Setting - 2003 funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) through the Cooperative Agreement. This course is complimentary (FREE) to all.The only cost associated with this program is for an optional exam to obtain continuing education credits.
- A special 55-page supplement to Compendium of Continuing Dental Education on 2003 CDC guidelines.
- OSAP's 51-page Guide for Safety and Infection Control for Oral Healthcare Missions.
- Two successful global summits to identify and address needs through training programs and materials.
- A broad publication strategy that has placed more than 91 articles in 12 U.S. and international journals.
- Participated in the committee on infection control test construction for the Dental Assisting National Board.
- Leveraged resources with:
- Midmark to distribute an OSAP-created Instrument processing wall chart.
- Henry Schein to distribute a "Public Health and Awareness Information Guide" on anthrax.
- Provide appropriate education and training on recommended infection control practices to dental care providers. To that end, OSAP has supported, delivered, or participated in:
- Infection control programs with the American Dental Assistants Association (2002-06), the American Dental Hygienists Association (2002-06), the American Dental Association (2003-04), the American Dental Educators Association (2003), the Dental Manufacturers of America (2003-04), Sullivan Schein Sales Training (2001-06), the National University of Mexico (a 100-hour certificate program, 2002 and 2004), the Mexican Dental Association (2004-05), the Caribbean Atlantic Regional Dental Association (2004), and governments and associations in Brazil (2000, 2003), Costa Rica (2001), Panama (2003-05), Africa (2003-04), Vietnam (2003), and Nepal (2004-05).
- Train-the-trainer programs at the OSAP 2003 and 2004 symposia.
- Revision of the American Dental Assistants' Association infection control training course.
- Identify risks associated with changing technology and emerging infectious diseases and propose strategies to reduce risks. To this end, OSAP has:
- Assessed needs of domestic dental care providers by surveying 2,000 U.S. dental offices.
- Created web-based "Issue Focuses" to provide pertinent information on key concerns in a timely manner.
- Joined the World Dental Federation (FDI) as a member and participated in drafting some of its infection control-related statements, and in its meetings (2002-05).Signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2006 to work with the FDI on education, information and policy regarding infection control and safety.
- Collaborated with the Food and Drug Administration, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, Oral Health America, the dental associations listed under Goal 2, the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Public Health Service and Veterans Administration, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, the International Organization for Standards, and more.
Please help the OSAP Foundation continue to deliver science-based information and education to dental care settings globally. Donations to the OSAP Foundation are gratefully accepted.
OSAP Foundation Board of Directors
(Page Reviewed 4/2009)