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Nominate a colleague for a 2024 NNOHA Award!

NNOHA Award nominations are open so nominate a deserving colleague today!

Award Categories:

  • John McFarland Leadership Award

  • Outstanding Clinician

  • Oral Health Champion

Deadline for nominations is July 31, 2024.

Click here to complete your nomination!

Congratulations to the 2023 Award Winners!

John McFarland Leadership Award: Dientes Community Dental Care, Santa Cruz County, CA
Oral Health Champion Award: Ushma Patel, RDHAP, Ravenswood Family Health Network, East Palo Alto, CA
Outstanding Clinician Award: Carol Niforators, DDS, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Denver, CO
NNOHA President's Award: Dori Bingham, D4 Practice Solutions, Lakeville, MA

2022 Award Winners

John McFarland Leadership Award: Ariane Terlet, DDS, La Clinica de La Raza, East Oakland, CA
Oral Health Champion Award: Halima Karim, DDS, Community of Hope, Washington, D.C.
Outstanding Clinician Award: Alison Adachi, DDS, Ravenswood Family Health Center, East Palo Alto, CA
NNOHA President's Award: Tim Ricks, DMD, MPH, FICD, FACDE, FPFA, RADM (Retired), U.S. Public Health Service

2021 Award Winners

John McFarland Leadership Award: Zachary Brian, DMD, MHA, North Carolina Oral Health Collaborative, Cary, NC & William Donigan, DDS, MPH, Kintegra Health, Gastonia, NC
Oral Health Champion Award: Nancy Adrianse, BSDH, Iowa Primary Care Association, Des Moines, IA
Outstanding Clinician Award: Anchita Venkatesh, DMD, Alameda Health System, Oakland, CA

Covid-19 Response Warrior Award: Sarah Bedard Holland, CEO, Virginia Health Catalyst, Glen Allen, VA
NNOHA President's Award: Daniel Brody, DMD, Fort Gay, WV

2020 Award Winners

John McFarland Leadership Award: Yadira Martinez, RDH, EPDH, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, Hillsboro, OR

Oral Health Champion Award: Shaheen Hadjimaleki, BA, Kahuku Medical Center, Kahuku, HI

Outstanding Clinician Award: Sally Wiedeman, EPDH, MBA, Native American Rehabilitation Association of the North West, Portland, OR

Lifetime Achievement Award: Mark Doherty, DMD, MPH, CCHP, D4 Practice Solutions, Lakeville, MA

2019 Award Winners

John McFarland Leadership Award: Wayne W Cottam, DMD, MS, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, Mesa, AZ

Oral Health Champion Award: Sherilee Callahan, MPH, Mosaic Health, Rochester, NY 

Lifetime Achievement Award: Steven P Geiermann, DDS, American Dental Association, Chicago, IL

President’s Award: Stanley M Bergman, Chairman and CEO, Henry Schein, Inc.

Special Contribution Award: Juris Svarcbergs, DMD, MPH

2018 Award Winners

John McFarland Leadership Award: Dayna Brinckman, DDS, Health Partnership Clinic, Olathe, KS

Oral Health Champion Award: Claudia  Cavazos, DDS, MPH, Gateway Community Health Center, Laredo, TX

Outstanding Clinician Award: Sheela Tummala, DDS, MPH, Community Health Center, Inc., Middletown, CT

President’s Award: Mary Otto, Author & Journalist, Washington, D.C.

2017 Award Winners

John McFarland Leadership Award: Lisa Kearney, DDS, Erie Family Health Center, Chicago, IL

Oral Health Champion Award: Mona Van Kanegan, DDS, MS, MPH, Midwest AIDS Training + Education Center, Chicago, IL

Outstanding Clinician Award: Domenic Caluori, DDS, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

Outstanding Innovation Award: Paul Glassman, DDS, MA, MBA, University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco, CA

President’s Award: Sean G. Boynes, DMD, MS, DentaQuest Institute, Westborough, MA

2016 Award Winners

John McFarland Leadership Award: Bob Russell, DDS, MPH, Iowa Department of Public Health Des Moines, IA

Oral Health Champion Award: Nancy J. Stern, Eastern Shore Rural Health System, Onancock, VA

Outstanding Clinician Award: Nathan Suter, DDS, COMTREA Comprehensive Health Center, Festus, MO

NNOHA Lifetime Achievement Award: Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH, (shown in picture above) Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, Mesa, AZ

President’s Award: Mark Doherty, DMD, MPH, CCHP, DentaQuest Institute, Westborough, MA

2015 Award Winners

Outstanding Leadership Award: John V. Caron, DMD, MPH, FAGD, HealthPoint, Renton, WA

Oral Health Champion Award: Hannah Maxey, PhD, MPH, RDH, Health Workforce Studies, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN

Outstanding Clinician Award: Eva Poulson, DDS, Salud Family Health Centers, Commerce City, CO

NNOHA Lifetime Achievement Award: Rene Rosas, DDS, MPH, Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, El Paso, TX

2014 Award Winners

Outstanding Leadership Award: Iliuliuk Family and Health Services, Inc., Unalaska, AK (Tom Taylor, Alaska Primary Care Association, accepted on behalf of Iliuliuk Family and Health Services, Inc.)

Oral Health Champion Award: Kim Herremans, RDH, MS, Greater Tampa Bay Oral Health Coalition, Tampa Bay, FL

NNOHA Lifetime Achievement Award: G M Nana Lopez, DDS, MPH, Community Health of South Florida, Marathon, FL

Outstanding Clinician Award: Lucia Covato, DMD, Northside Christian Health Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Corporate Advisory Award: Andrea Hight and Kathleen Titus, Henry Schein

Dedication and Service Award: Barbara Bailey, RDH, PhD, Former NNOHA Interim Executive Director, and Maria Smith, MPA, NNOHA Project Director

2013 Award Winners

Outstanding Leadership Award: Gregory LaChance, DDS, El Rio Community Health Center

Oral Health Champion Award: Joseph Mountain, DMD and LaJuan Mountain, DMD, Family First Health

Outstanding Clinician Award: Larry Green, DDS, Lutheran Medical Center

NNOHA Presidential Award: Colleen Lampron, MPH, University of Colorado School of Medicine

2012 Award Winners

Outstanding Leadership Award: Anna D’Emilio, DDS, Lutheran Medical Center

Outstanding Clinician Award: Mark Koday, DDS, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic

Oral Health Champion Award: Mary Ann Andrew, RDH, Health Care Center for the Homeless

NNOHA Presidential Award: Donald L. Weaver, MD, National Association of Community Health Centers

2011 Award Winners

Lifetime Achievement Award: Sonia M. Leon Reig

Oral Health Champion Award: Dr. John Shultz

Special Contribution Award: Dr. John McFarland

Outstanding Leadership Award: Dr. William R. Burns

Outstanding Clinical Award: Dr. William Donigan and Dr. Gregory Waite

2010 Award Winners

Outstanding Clinician Award: Dr. David Breese

Oral Health Champion Award: Greg Nycz

Outstanding Leadership Award: Dr. Ronald Salyk

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Juris Svarcbergs

2009 Award Winners

Oral Health Champion Award: Erie Family Health Center (Accepted by Dr. Lee Francis, CEO, and Dr. Souri, Dental Director)

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Neal Demby

Outstanding Leadership Award: Ted A. Kay

Outstanding Clinician Award: Dr. Charles Connell

2008 Award Winners

Oral Health Champion: Dr. Bob Sappington

Oral Health Champion: Dr. Elizabeth Duke (not pictured)

Outstanding Leadership Award: Kathleen Titus, Henry Schein, Inc.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Jay Anderson

Outstanding Clinician Award: Dr. Juris Svarchbergs

2007 Award Winners

Outstanding Leadership Award: Dr. Steve Geiermann

Outstanding Clinician Award: Dr. Huong Le

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. John McFarland

Outstanding Innovation Award: A.T. Still university of Health Sciences, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health

2006 Award Winners

Outstanding Leadership Award: Hal Muller

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. David Rosenstein

Outstanding Clinician Award: Dr. Clifford Hames


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