COVID-19 restrictions update
Illinois leaders are issuing advisories to residents to stay at home due to surging daily numbers of new coronavirus cases in the Chicago area and across the state.

CDS is monitoring the news and will provide timely updates on how any measures might affect you.

On Nov. 17, Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a Tier 3 Mitigation Plan aimed at reducing capacity limits at retail shops and other venues. Click here to see the details of his mitigation efforts.

Meanwhile, you can continue to check the CDS website for news and resources.
Course time correction in Preliminary Program
Due to a programming glitch, a few Friday afternoon classes listed an incorrect time in the printed edition of the Preliminary Program.

Classes V229 through V239 will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26.

Correct times are presented in the digital edition of the Preliminary Program, which can be found here on the CDS website.
Midwinter Meeting updates
Join us for a MWM Town Hall

You have questions? CDS has answers! With our new virtual format for the 156th Midwinter Meeting in February, we're sure members want information about how it will look, how they will access it and how different it will be.

Save this date! Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m., President-elect Dean Nicholas and his program chairs -- Gene Romo and Cheryl Mora -- will host a CDS Town Hall to answer questions about the 2021 Midwinter Meeting, Heart of Dentistry.
More information and a link to the webinar will be coming shortly via email.

Important registration note

Dentists registering their team members need to be aware that staff members need to log in separately in order to receive CE credit. We've received questions about offices watching a CE program together -- which is a fun way to create community around the 2021 Midwinter Meeting -- but individuals must log in separately or else their CE will not be recorded and they will not receive the credits.

Registration continues!

With the Midwinter Meeting as an online event in 2021, registration is open and remains open through the meeting. Live programs will run from Feb. 25-27 with on-demand access to follow from March 1-15. Register now here.

The best value for members is the all-access package, which provides access to all live and on-demand courses through March 15. Courses can also be purchased a la carte too.
Remember that 2021 is a CE year in Illinois. The Midwinter Meeting's classes have been carefully curated to help you satisfy licensing requirements. 

Also stay on top of CDS and Midwinter Meeting news by signing up for text messages here.
CDS brings you PPE availability
As a special member value, find PPE supplies and availability on cds.org!
The PPE Provider Directory provides you with a list of PPE products and the companies that have stock available with shipping timelines.

The directory is updated regularly by surveying various companies as well as Midwinter Meeting exhibitors. The directory includes TPC, which is offering discounted pricing to CDS members, and Independent Dental Solutions, an ISDS-endorsed company.

As PPE supplies tighten again, take advantage of this member benefit.
From the CDS Foundation
Leave a gift that lasts a lifetime

Established in 2020, the CDS Foundation Legacy Society honors those who make a gift to the foundation through their estates, wills, or trusts. Legacy Society members help safeguard the future of dental care by ensuring that patient safety and education will continue on behalf of the profession for which we are so deeply passionate.

A tribute to our Helen
With heavy hearts, CDS shares news that our Helen Rabitoy has passed away from cancer.

Many, many CDS members knew Helen for her dedicated work with the Mediation and Peer Review Committee, helping dentists navigate patient disputes, or knew her voice when they called the office switchboard.

Diminutive, outspoken and a sharp dresser with a shock of red hair, Helen was an outsized personality in our office, always ready to help her office colleagues and always - always - ready to discuss the political issues of the day. She leaves behind a husband, children and grandchildren.

She was one of a kind. We miss her greatly.
Grants available for childhood oral health programs
Up to $20,000 in funding is available for interprofessional projects designed to support the oral health of children younger than 6 and pregnant women, according to the Canada-US chapter of the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future.

´╗┐Up to $5,000 will be awarded per project, which aims to support initiatives such as risk assessment for prevention of caries, early childhood caries prevention programs or promotion of early childhood oral health care using technology, among others. Applications must be submitted by Dec. 15. Read more details here.