KDA Today

KDA Today

For Immediate Release

Date: Feb 12th, 2016
Contact: Richard A. Whitehouse
Phone: 800-292-1855
Email: info@kyda.org

# the future is not what it used to be

The above quote is one of my favorite Yogi Berra-isms. It succinctly states what we should all know to be true. Reality does not always comport to our expectations when you assume that the future will look anything like the past. The past may be prologue. But, it does not favor the status quo.

Now, I am not inclined to throw out anything that is working for the sake of sweeping change. But, I am certainly not one to keep doing something that doesn’t work. So, it is important to look around to know the difference – and possibly make even more subtle changes as our organization evolves.

A good example of this is the way in which we communicate. We expect information to flow freely between our components societies and the KDA Board through our leadership. But, it’s not enough to assume board business is adequately transmitted through those channels, alone. We’ll continue to have meetings. But, we know we must encourage better communication between points of the tri-partite. The KDA is working to improve both the breadth and depth of communication with members.

More often than not, the KDA works in the background to increase member value providing members an array of products and services. The KDA Journal is an example of communication that is working on that level. It’s a good source of information for those who enjoy bi-monthly articles on topics related to organized dentistry. Still, others prefer what they refer to as more “snackable” content. So, we created the KDA eXPRESS and I recently launched my own Twitter account (@kdanow1) to share KDA activity and news on a more up to the minute basis.

Participation, like communication, requires members to become involved beyond the regular component society meetings, publications or social media. Advocacy is arguably the most important service we provide members these days. The recent Medicaid expansion in Kentucky was a wake-up call for those who believed we could merely sit back while policymakers and bureaucrats decided what was good for dentistry. In addition, professional self-regulation, itself, is under attack, with state associations being branded as “trade associations” and attempts to ensure public access to quality care being confused with “anti-competitiveness.” Decisions impacting our members happen in real-time and members should expect to be timely informed of what is happening in organized dentistry.

On occasion, such information must serve as a call to action to our members. We must be thoughtful when we ask members to take time out of their practice to actively participate in organized dentistry. But, occasionally we must call upon members to do just that. With that in mind, there are two events that all members need to attend.

#legislativeday2016
By the time you read this, we may have had our 2nd Annual KDA Legislative Day on February 17th. KDA officials haven’t exactly been strangers to Frankfort since the last legislative session. But, once again we invited all dentists to make an appearance in our state capitol to kick off the 2016 session. It’s another short one. But, it’s an important one. And, our legislative day is our best opportunity to show legislators (and our new administration) that Kentucky dentists are organized and can mobilize when necessary to flex their political clout.

The KDA represents the voice of organized dentistry throughout the year. But, on this one day, we gather as many as we can to make the power of that voice real in the minds of our elected officials. The day is full of training in how to approach your legislators and share the story of organized dentistry. We also get to meet and hear from many of our elected officials. We can’t expect anything to happen, if we can’t pull this off.

Our first year, last year, was a resounding success. Despite a snowstorm, we had about 35 dentists and as many legislators. This is more than I was told to hope for. So, it was great. But, it’s still less than 3% of our members. My goal this year was to at least double last year’s attendance. I’m hoping to report another successful event in my next column.

#kentuckymeeting2016
Have we got an annual meeting for you! (And, yes. It’s in LOUISVILLE!) Just like our 2015 Legislative Day, last year’s forecast was snow. This year, the forecast is fun, fellowship, and maybe a little frivolity

The Annual Kentucky Meeting will be March 3-5 in Downtown Louisville. We have taken a page from the home shows on cable and given this meeting an extreme makeover. This year, there is something for everyone. But, all of it is for the working Kentucky dentist!

For over a year now, I have been preaching about delivering member value. One thing I’ve learned is that people want to become members for different reasons. So, our goal for this meeting is to demonstrate that we can create an event that serves all our members - and makes non-members want to join. Young and old, general practitioner or specialist, all will find something just for them at this year’s Kentucky Meeting. We’re doing that starting with a powerful program designed to meet the needs of working Kentucky dentists in an environment that is anything but old and stuffy. We’re bringing back the fun. Don’t believe us. Just come see March 3-5 what your KDA is doing for you!

We are encouraging new dentists (under 10 years practice) and students to attend a reception in their honor on Friday night with a live DJ immediately after the UK and U of L receptions. We have Miss Kentucky, an Elvis impersonator, and a photo booth in our exhibit hall (people will want to bring their families to take part in the fun). We have special 45 minute members-only break out sessions planned regarding Medicaid, large group practices, KDA legislative agenda, and a component workshop. We have our first-ever opening session to kick things off and are inviting all attendees to take part in the leadership assessment our board took part in a few months ago.

The message is that we have listened to members and are re-booting our whole meeting. And, there is something for everyone.

Are you a New Dentist?
Sign up now to attend the 1st Annual New Dentist & Student “Homecoming” Reception. The event is scheduled for Friday at 7:00, p.m. in the Hyatt. Mosey on over after the UK and U of L receptions, also in the Hyatt. It’s free to students and new dentists and only $35 for others. Welcome to your home in organized dentistry and eat, drink, and dance the night away. And, of course, there will be magic! RSVP to janet@kyda.org

Are you interested in low-cost, high-quality CE’s in areas impacting Kentucky dentists?
See our preliminary program for an interesting array of courses you need to raise the level of your practice and meet your continuing education requirements.

Are you someone who enjoys meeting with colleagues?
There is no better opportunity than our Kentucky Meeting to meet new colleagues and reconnect with old friends and classmates.

Are you looking for the latest in equipment of deals on supplies?
Come to our exhibit hall! Our exhibitors are literally lined up to share the latest goods and tools to help you in your practice. And while you’re there, you never know what else you’ll see. You don’t want to miss it!

Are you interested in learning what your association is doing for you?
Members are encouraged to take part in our-first-ever opening session as well as our free program entitled Leadership & Courage: An Exercise in Self-Assessment.

Are you just looking for fun?
We have that too! With appearances from Elvis, Miss Kentucky, photo booth, magic, music, and dancing. You don’t want to miss it!

We ask all members to remember that their involvement is important to the success of this organization. They are the KDA.
The future might not be what it used to be. But, with your participation and involvement in KDA, it can be better!

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