July 1st, 2020
- SECRETARY / TREASURER
- DISTRICT TRUSTEES
- Representative to the Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry (SSPD)
At 2pm ET on June 3, 2020, CDC will host a Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) call to discuss how the updated guidance addresses the unique characteristics of dental settings that warrant specific infection control considerations. This is CDC’s first-ever COCA call targeted specifically at the dental field.
Join the call here by dialing in, over Zoom video, or on Facebook live.
CDC has updated the Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response to include recommendations for resuming non-emergency dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you are unable to attend the live COCA Call, the recording will be available for viewing on the COCA Call webpage a few hours after the live event ends. It will also be available for viewing on COCA’s Facebook page immediately after the live event ends at 3:00pm ET.
The slide set will be available under the "Call Materials" tab on the COCA Call webpage.
The COCA network provides timely, accurate, and credible information to clinicians and other healthcare professionals related to emergency preparedness and response and emerging public health threats. During this COCA call, presenters will provide an overview of the updated guidance for dental settings before conducting a Q&A session.
This is CDC’s first-ever COCA call targeted specifically at the dental field. We ask that you share this announcement widely to your networks, as this is a unique opportunity for dental health care personnel to hear directly from CDC subject matter experts.
We realize that many are disappointed – among them the AAPD 2020 Scientific Program Committee, Local Arrangements Committee, speakers, and staff that have been working for 18+ months to bring you the best AAPD Annual Session ever. However, this is the right decision for the health and safety of our members.
We ask that you remain patient as we determine the next steps for canceling the nearly 4,000 attendee registrations from what was to be the largest Annual Session in our history. In the meantime, if you booked housing through the AAPD registration site, you do not have to cancel your hotel reservations. Please wait for Experient, AAPD’s official registration provider, to be in touch with you about the next steps to proceed. Please note that it may take up to 60 days for refunds to be initiated based on the volume of registrations to be processed. You will also be given the opportunity to donate your registration to the AAPD to help offset our significant financial loss resulting from cancellation of the Annual Session. We are advising that you cancel flights and that anyone who may have booked outside of our hotel block to cancel those reservations.
It is the invaluable support and enthusiasm of our members that have grown the AAPD Annual Session to its current level. We will be back in touch with you shortly with alternate options for delivering the Annual Session CE content that we worked so hard to organize.
If you have any immediate questions regarding this cancellation, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please mark your calendars for AAPD 2021 in Boston scheduled for May 27-30, 2021. We look forward to seeing you there, if not before.