The Hispanic Dental Association is a national, non-profit 501(c)3 organization comprised of oral health professionals and students dedicated to promoting and improving the oral health of the Hispanic community and providing advocacy for Hispanic oral health professionals across the US.
Mission: We are the leaders for Hispanic Oral Health providing Service, Education, Advocacy and Leadership.
Vision: The elimination of oral health disparities in the Hispanic community.
Founded in 1990, the history of HDA is one of inclusive nature driven by our mission. Incorporated in Texas with a national scope, the HDA’s founding members shared a common commitment to improve the oral health of the Hispanic community.
HDA Past Presidents include:
90-91 Francisco Rivera Hidalgo
91-92 Luis Fonseca
92-93 Josephine Rosa
93-94 Jorge Sintes
94-95 Steven Uranga McKane
95-96 Augusto Elias Boneta
96-97 Aidee Nieto-Herman
97-98 Diana Galvis
98-99 Raul I. Garcia
99-00 Nelson Artiga
00-01 Ramon J. Baez
01-02 Kathleen Alvarez
02-03 Juan Villarreal
03-04 Martha Baez
04-05 R. Ivan Lugo
05-06 Mario Ramos
06-07 Ernie Garcia, Jr.
07-09 Sarita Arteaga
09-10 Francisco Ramos-Gomez
10-11 Victor Rodriguez
11-12 Margo Melchor
12-13 Lilia Larin
At a time when Hispanics represent more than 50.5 million (2010 U.S. Census). and one out of every sixth person is Hispanic, this segment of our population is underrepresented in medical and dental professions, allied health field and academia. According to Hispanic Business, the percentage of Hispanics with bachelor’s or higher degrees has increased from 8.5 percent in 1985 to 13.2 in 2009, numbers still well below the general population that have such degrees.
The Hispanic Dental Association is in a unique position to play a major role during this time of change and growth that both meets the needs and improves the oral health of Hispanics by accomplishing our mission. This increased growth pattern creates two crucial factors:
- An increased need to improve the overall health of the Hispanic population.
- The observance that Hispanics are a growing buying power and a force to be recognized.
The community context in which HDA operates is one in which it needs service-oriented individuals to provide culturally competent oral health education and expanded access to services. Below is a scope of the many HDA programs, benefits and activities that are serving practitioners and patients in the nation.
Provide a voice for the Hispanic oral professional in the United States.
- Promote the oral health of the Hispanic community through improved prevention, treatment and education.
- Foster research and knowledge concerning Hispanic oral health problems.
- Disseminate information to both Hispanic dental professionals and the community at large.
- Provide a worldwide source of continuing education for oral health professionals serving the Hispanic community.
- Stimulate interest and encourage entry of Hispanics into oral health.