Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry

The Final Report of the Western District Trustee

Dr. Jacob K. Lee- AAPD Western District Trustee (2018-2021, 2022-2024)

Incoming Western District Trustee:

As I previously announced, Dr. Don Schmitt will be the next Western District Trustee (2024-2027). Although Dr. Schmitt will officially assume his new office at the AAPD General Assembly on May 26th, he was a guest at the January 25th Board of Trustees Winter Planning meeting to prepare him for a seamless transition.

AAPD Political Action Committee:

The Western District’s AAPD PAC 2023 Mach 10 campaign set a historic record! There were ten Patriot Level ($1,000 and above) contributors. Profound appreciation is extended to Drs. Joel Berg (AZ), Gila Dorostkar (CA), Hani Eid (WA), Kyle House (OR), Jacob Lee (CA), Natalie Mansour (CA), Jade Miller (NV), Richard Mungo (CA), Mitch Poiset (CA), and Don Schmitt (CA). This is an all-time AAPD PAC record attained by a single district, breaking the 2022 record of seven Patriot Level contributors from the Western District.

Aided by a successful Mach 10 campaign, the Western District won the 2023 AAPD PAC Hard Dollars District Competition. AAPD PAC Hard Dollars support candidates for federal office, who have demonstrated a serious commitment to improve children’s oral health. This is the third time during my Western District Trusteeship that we have been awarded this highly coveted award (2020, 2022, and 2023). Congratulations to the Western District!

AAPD Pediatric Oral Health Advocacy Conference 2024:

Once again, the AAPD is sponsoring the AAPD POHAC, on March 3-5th, 2024. This is an annual journey for the pediatric dental residents and their mentors to visit the congressional legislators and entreat them to support the AAPD’s vision of optimal oral health for all children. Hard Dollars that you contribute to the AAPD PAC is instrumental in opening doors and giving us a seat at the table when the legislative healthcare policies are discussed. Your wholehearted spirit of support will cheer on the next wave of pediatric dental advocates on their vital mission.

CE Program of Hawaii and Alaska Academies of Pediatric Dentistry:

With the help of the mothership AAPD, two small and most distant satellite chapters, HAPD and AkAPD, fulfilled their big dream of hosting a joint CE Program in Hawaii on January 26-28th, 2024. This course was sold out in 8 days! This CE was unique in that part of the course included webinars held before and after the in-person meeting so that the attendees could have more time to enjoy a wondrous weekend at the magical Aulani Disney Resort. My deepest gratitude goes to the Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry for their educational grant, and to the AAPD for their kind guidance and logistical support!

Lastly, I would like to highly recommend that you attend AAPD Toronto 2024. Excellent CE courses as well as exciting social programs are planned. Also, having grown up in Toronto (pronounced “Trono” by the locals), may I say it is one of the nicest cities in the world!

Now the time has come, really this time, to say goodbye! This is my final report as your AAPD Western District Trustee. It has been an honor to serve you! Thank you for your continuous support of the AAPD, the Big Authority, the AAPD Foundation, the Big Love, and the AAPD PAC the Big Advocate for little teeth!

Jacob K. Lee.