Mission: To provide leadership to promote a governmental oral health presence in each state and territory, to formulate and promote sound oral health policy, to increase awareness of oral health issues, and to assist in the development of initiatives for prevention and control of oral diseases.
Programs: Cooperative agreement provides funding to the association to establish and expand communication systems and liaison activity, standardize an annual summary describing state dental programs; conduct and particpate in on-site program reviews & provide technical assistance to states; assume responsibility for the key elements and coordination of the national oral health conference; & design & implement a national oral health surveillance system. Annual conference provides a forum for members of industry to share ideas for the development of the oral health industry and to educate members on new developments in the industry.
This organization of aging cronies lacks both transparency and accountability. Its internal processes and overlapping committee responsibilities lack transparency. Its original non-profit charter in New Bern NC, Executive Director in Sparks or Reno Nevada, and former Executive Director funded in Texas ensures that it is difficult, if not impossible, to track funding and allocation of personnel and resources.
Use of Federal funds for lobbying purposes cannot be ruled out. The funding stream for the opening of an ASTDD-DC virtual office cannot be determined, headed by a former ASTDD president in Maryland with a dual role of policy committee lead. A call for auditing of its travel budgets is needed. This includes supported travel from a remote New Mexico town to Bethesda during 2012-2015- as a screen for meetings in DC with registered dental organization lobbyists and Congressional staff.