Partners For Life
Goal: To increase the number of young people interested in health profession careers.
“Collectively, the nation’s medical, nursing, and dental schools have not succeeded in their efforts to achieve greater diversity among their students and, in turn, to develop a health professions workforce with the skills and diversity needed to maintain the nation’s position as a world leader in health care. Few models of successful minority student development & recruitment efforts exist despite the frequent, and loudly voiced, agreement that this is a problem that can, & must, be solved.” 1
The Sullivan Commission along with other national reports highlights the need for increased diversity among the health professions. According to the Institute for Medicine (IOM), “Increasing racial and ethnic diversity among health professionals is important because evidence indicates that diversity is associated with improved access to care for racial and ethnic minority patients, greater patient choice and satisfaction, and better educational experiences for health professions students, among many other benefits.” 2
The NDA Foundation’s PARTNERS FOR LIFE PROGRAM (PFLP), provides funds for practitioners who identify 3 middle schools age youth in their practice, and plants a seed of health professions as a viable career. The practitioner then enrolls the student formally in the PFLP and introduces them to the idea of becoming a ‘doctor’. While the youngster may not initially see himself or herself as a doctor, the practitioner mentors them through middle school, high school, college, and eventually into health professions school. Scholarships are available to support students’ attending the NDA national convention; mentors are encouraged to take their mentee to local dental society meetings, and other health professions activities such as having student shadow in their office, and work in their office.
It is anticipated that this Partnership will enhance student academic performance and produce a commitment to health professions. We believe students who are given hope for a bright future will rise to achieve that goal. Students from underserved and low economic background will be a priority.
Corporation sponsorship is sought to support mentor and mentee activities. Corporate partners gain an ambassador for life.
Open to all NDA Members Annual Awards $500 - $1,000 per mentee
- 1. MISSING PERSONS: MINORITIES IN THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS A REPORT OF THE SULLIVAN COMMISSION ON DIVERSITY IN THE HEALTHCARE WORKFORCE; E X E C U T I V E SUMMARY 9 / 2 0 / 2 0 0 4, Chapter 4: The Pipeline to the Health Care Professions
- 2. Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) report: “In the Nation’s Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Health Care Workforce”; Feb 2004
In addition to our partner Colgate-Palmolive, many NDA component societies, NDA auxiliaries, and individual members contribute annually to our scholarship fund. These contributions help increase the total number of scholarships and amounts we are able to award each year. Contributions to the scholarship fund can be made in one of the following ways:
State NDA societies scholarship program
NDA Foundation’s Match Program
The NDA Foundation’s Match Program is designed to increase the financial support students receive through the NDAF/ Colgate Scholarship Program. The scholarship program was established with our partner Colgate Palmolive. Recognizing the high cost of dental education, the scholarship program helps to offset incidental costs that occur in the life of a student. It is not designed to pay tuition, fees, or room and board. Since that time the cost of living has increased substantially. The NDA Foundation’s Match Program allows local dental societies, alumni, industry, or anyone, to increase the amount of each scholarship. The goal is to Match every Pre-Doctoral Scholarship up to $2,000.
The Match Program is available for the following scholarship categories: pre-doctoral, dental hygiene, dental assisting, and the Dr. Joseph L. Henry Freshman Scholars. The program is outlined below for each category.
Anyone can donate to the Match Program, NDA Component State Societies, NDA Local Dental Societies, Alumni, individuals, or Corporations. Donor may name the recipient(s) or direct the Foundation to identify a student at a specific dental school, state, district, or choose student(s) to match from our pool of applicants.
All recipients must have a completed application on file to receive the scholarship. Application and instructions are available on the NDAF website. The application must be completed, printed, photo attached and mailed to the address on the application. Applicant must meet selection criteria and be selected by the Scholarship Committee to receive a scholarship.
All NDA societies are encouraged to support our students through the Match Program!