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2019 OSAP Annual Conference

OSAP Awards 2018




Shannon Mills, DDS

The Dr. James J. Crawford Award is named in honor of one of the founding fathers of dental infection control. Awardees have made major contributions in science, education, or public policy related to OSAP’s core competencies of infection control and patient and provider safety. 


Shannon Mills, DDS  

Recipient of the 2018
Dr. James J. Crawford Award

Dr. Mills has made numerous unique contributions to OSAP and to dental infection control. Pioneering dental unit waterline research, his 1986 JADA article and subsequent biofilm research at the USAF Dental Investigation Service made history in protocol design and waterline maintenance awareness. His recent achievements in International Standards include the adoption of a US protocol for dental waterline bacteria and biofilm elimination testing, ISO 16954, and an OSAP White Paper on dental unit waterline disinfection and maintenance related to patient safety. Dr Mills was also a pioneer in dental infection control education, organizing and executing the first dental infection control course in the United States Air Force. This course became our modern-day OSAP Boot Camp which has broken attendance records the last three years with almost 500 trained in 2018.
Dr. Mills is a world-renowned authority in dental unit waterline disinfection and clinical water safety for dentistry. He has lectured for OSAP both at Boot Camp and the Annual Conference and around the world promoting infection control compliance and safety related to all aspects of dentistry. His History of Infection Control lecture is one of the most entertaining and informative lectures on the evolution of the concepts that are taken for granted today including handwashing, personal protective attire, epidemiology, and standard precautions, covering over a thousand years of history in about 90 minutes.
Dr. Mills is a previous Board Member and served as its Chairman in 2001-02 and has influenced the vision of the organization driving toward compliance and education for all infection control coordinators. Dr. Mills has been a vocal supporter of infection control since dental school and a humble statesman for OSAP since very early in the organization’s history.


Previous honorees:

1998: James J. Crawford PhD
1999: John Molinari PhD
2000: Robert Runnells DDS
2001: Walter W. Bond MS RCSA
2002: Herman H. Langkamp III MS
2003: Chris Miller PhD
2004: John Young DDS MSc
2005: Donald Marianos DDS MPH
2006: Robert Kolstad PhD
2007: Sam Rosen PhD
2008: William Rutala PhD MPH
2009: Eve Cuny RDA MS
2010: A. Enrique Acosta-Gio DDS PhD
2011: Jennifer Cleveland DDS MPH 
2012: Jennifer Harte DDS MS
2013: Michael Glick DMD

2014: Harold Jaffe MD MA FFPH
2015: Therese M. Long MBA, CAE
2016: Kathy Eklund RDH, MHP
2017: PeggyCottrell

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Helene Bednarsh, RDH, MPH

The Dr. Milton Schaefer Award recognizes nominees whose efforts have resulted in tangible benefits to the continuing advancement of OSAP’s mission to be the world’s leading advocate for the safe and infection-free delivery of oral healthcare. This award named after one of the founding members of OSAP, recognizes superior service to the organization and may recognize either continuous contributions over a period of time or singular accomplishments. The nominee's efforts should have resulted in tangible benefits to the continuing advancement of OSAP's mission to be Dentistry's Resource for Infection Control and Safety. Nominees may be either HCPs or corporate members.


Helene Bednarsh, RDH, MPH

Recipient of the 2018
Dr. Milton E. Schaefer Award

Ms. Helene Bednarsh has been an ardent and long-term volunteer and lifetime supporter and member of OSAP. She has ceaselessly worked to support OSAP through social media (she’s a champion poster on the OSAP Facebook page) and frequently promotes OSAP’s activities and events to her other networks including the dental public health and dental hygiene communities. She always includes OSAP materials and promotes the organization at the Yankee Dental Show and any other conference she attends. Ms. Bednarsh’s turnaround on any question is exemplary – she typically is the first to respond to group emails, requests for help, reviews of papers, input on issues. She has served on the OSAP Board of Directors and continues to support various committees including the Boot Camp and Annual Conference program planning committees.
In addition to scientific and clinical input, she also has been a huge supporter of OSAP’s annual auction donating lovely handknit items that have raised many dollars for the organization. On a lighthearted note, she also offers her service as a popular “Vanna White” to elevate the fun and excitement of the live auction. She truly is a cheerleader, advocate, scientific contributor and extremely valued member. She has been recognized nationally and internationally for her commitment to safe dentistry in Public Health and it is a privilege to recognize her for her dedication to advancing OSAP’s Safest Dental Visit.

Previous honorees:

2002: Milton Schaefer DDS MLA
2003: Mel Rouse
2004: Shannon Mills DDS
2005: Charles John Palenik PhD MS MBA
2006: Kathy Eklund RDH MHP
2007: Gayle MacDonald PhD
2008: Jennifer Cleveland DDS MPH
2009: Andy Whitehead
2010: Nancy Tomich Zapp and Lois Cohen PhD
2011: John Hunt OBE FFGDP(UK) BDS
2012: Cheryl Wolf CDA BS
2013: Karen Gregory RN
2014: AEGIS Communications
2015: Henry Schein Dental and Patterson Dental
2016: Doug Braendle
2017: Douglas Risk DDS, ABGD

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Keynote Speaker               

Dr. John S. Zapp Memorial Lecture

In an effort to honor and preserve Dr. Zapp’s memory, the Friends of OSAP, a committed group of leaders who seek to integrate OSAP initiatives into broader global health platforms, established the Dr. John S. Zapp Memorial Lecture. The lecture is intended to build bridges with global leaders to promote knowledge exchange about oral infection and safety both for patients and providers of care.


 Michael Bell, MD

Dr. John S. Zapp Memorial Lecture
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Michael Bell is deputy director of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) in CDC’s National Center for Emerging Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases. An expert in drug-resistant pathogens and hospital-acquired infections, Dr. Bell’s career has focused on investigating and preventing transmission of healthcare-associated illnesses as well as developing evidence-based infection control guidelines. He has been instrumental in advancing programs to prevent antimicrobial resistance and improvements in safe medical practices. Dr. Bell began his CDC career in 1997 investigating outbreaks of healthcareassociated illness and writing national infection control guidelines for the agency’s Hospital Infections Program. He then became a medical epidemiologist and laboratory sciences liaison for the DHQP in CDC’s National Center for Infectious Diseases. As chief of the epidemiology unit in the Special Pathogens Branch, Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases, he recommended steps to improve control of high-risk pathogens—such as the Ebola, Marburg, and Nipah viruses— during numerous outbreak responses.

Previous Lecturers Include:

2006: Dr. Poul Erik Petersen, World Health Organization
2007: Dr Lawrence Tabak, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
2008: Dr. Burton Conrod, FDI World Dental Federation
2009: Stanley Bergman, Henry Schein, Inc.
2010: Dr. Kathleen O’Loughlin, American Dental Association
2011: Sir Liam Donaldson, National Patient Safety Agency, UK
2012: Dr. Marion Bergman, Miracle Corners of the World
2013: Dr. Harold Jaffe, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
2014: Dr. Michael Osterholm, Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy
2015: Dr. L. Clifford McDonald, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
2016: Andy Goodman, The Goodman Center
2017: Dr. Ruth Carrico, University of Louisville School of Medicine


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In 2015, OSAP introduced a new award: Emerging Infection Control Leader. The goal for the award is to help develop and promote the next generation of stars in the field of dental infection prevention and safety by identifying outstanding new infection control advocates. 


Recipient of the
2018 Emerging Infection
Control Leader Award 


A recent blog post described five qualities of emerging leaders. Dr. Garrett embodies these traits for infection prevention and control. Achiever: Dr. Garrett is a smart, multi-degreed and credentialed high-achiever in the numerous roles he serves including as a relatively new member of the OSAP Board, Editor-in-Chief of the new Dental Infection Control Journal, an expert member of the Infection Control Certificate and Certification Steering Commission and more. He consistently produces an exceptional amount of high quality work and is a recognized subject-matter expert in not only infection prevention and control, but patient safety, certification and numerous other topics. He takes life-long learning to another plane. Change agent: Dr. Garrett has initiated new ways of doing things at OSAP and is a proponent of taking measured risks to further the organization. He shares ideas, isn’t afraid to embark on new projects and opportunities such as a recent Facebook Live interview where he achieved a record number of Facebook shares for the OSAP conference. Developer: Dr. Garrett not only shows an interest in developing himself, but also has the ability and interest to help train, develop, mentor, and coach other infection preventionists through his popular lectures at the OSAP Boot Camp and Annual Conference and on numerous webinars. Team-player: Dr. Garrett is collaborative, a great teammate, and an excellent communicator. He has extensive reach through multiple networks and seeks others’ input and opinions and uses it to generate consensus. He is well-liked and well-respected and has introduced many of his contacts at CDC and other organizations to OSAP including the keynote speakers for both 2017 and 2018. Business-savvy: Dr. Garrett is strategic-minded with substantial business acumen, and has a solid understanding of the market and healthcare industry. We just wish cloning was an option.

Previous honorees:

2015: Jessica Wilson MPH
2016: Michele Junger DDS, MPH
2017: Kandis Garland RDH, MS

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Bette and Paul Schwarz Award for Volunteerism

Agnes Barry

This award, named in honor of the Schwarz's for their innumerable contributions of time and service to the OSAP Conference, recognizes volunteers who go over-and-above in helping the organization achieve its goals through their volunteer service.


Agnes Barry

Recipient of the 2018 
Bette and Paul Schwarz Award

Agnes Berry has been a dedicated volunteer at the OSAP Annual Conference and January Boot Camp over the past several years. While she does not work in the dental profession directly, she has been a loving and supportive wife accompanying her husband, Dr. Sam Barry, to the OSAP educational programs. She raised her hand early on to offer assistance and has since been a trusted and hardworking volunteer. She has an ever present smile and generous willingness to help run the auction, stuff binders and do any job needed to advance the Safest Dental Visit™. Thank you, Agnes!

Previous honorees:

2003: Bette Schwarz LPN CDA and her husband, Paul
2004: Claire Pagliara RN MSN PhD and her son, Jeff
2005: Sharon Dickinson CDA CDPMA
2006: Helene Bednarsh RDH MPH
2007: Teresa Ludwig MT
2008: Cheryl Wolf BS CDA
2009: Jean Wolff RDH MEd
2010: Matt Deck
2011: Linda Basquill DDS
2012: Pamela Head and Norma Rychwalski
2013: Susan Bailey
2014: Kathy Marianos
2015: Jill Hunt
2016: Jackie Dorst RDH
2017: Peggy Spitzer, RDH, MAEd

Kathy Eklund, RDH, MHP, OSAP Chairman of the Board, presents special citations to these individuals who  have enriched the organization by contributing a unique blend of talents, skills, hard work and unwavering commitment to the advancement of dental safety.

Michelle Junger, DDS, MPH

Patricia Podolak, DDS, MPH

Jennifer Hawley Price, MS

Andrew Whitehead

Lawrence Wolinsky, DDS, PHD

Click HERE for the 2018 Annual Conference Awards Brochure

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