Awards & Accreditation

Best For The World Honors

PDA is proud to be honored among the Best For The World: Workers for the 3rd consecutive year. This year we added Best For The World: Overall to our growing list of Certified B Corp honors. PDA has been a Certified B Corp since 2017. See our overall B Impact score. We aspire to continuously improve balancing business decisions with caring for our people, community and environment. We are currently in the re-certification process for 2020.

To see this year’s full list of overall and workers categories, click on the 2019 icons below.

Best For The World


PDA Among Healthiest 100

Second year in a row for this list. And we’re among good company.

Portland Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers Award
5 years in a row

PDA has been recognized as one of Oregon’s Healthiest Employers – 5 years as 2nd in our category! See all 50 winning employers for 2019






Leader in Quality: AAAHC Accreditation

Kaiser Permanente Dental has been continuously accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) since 1990.

This accreditation signifies that Kaiser Permanente Dental has passed rigorous national standards for the provision of quality dental care. PDA dentists provide oral health care for more than 290,000 Kaiser Permanente Dental members in 21 Oregon and SW Washington offices.

The Model Of Total Health Through Medical-Dental Integration

PDA’s Executive Dental Director and Dental Directors are sought-after presenters at national and international dental conferences. Recent presentations have focused on the success PDA has experienced in applying evidence based principles to daily clinical practice and in promoting medical-dental integration. Through an industry-leading, fully integrated electronic health records system that shares medical, dental, pharmacy, social and mental health information, PDA dentists are a part of Kaiser Permanente’s larger care team, sharing responsibility for a member’s total health. This powerful tool helps ensure better safety oversight for patients while reducing care gaps (preventive screens & tests). Read more from this chapter Integrating Oral Health & Primary Care at Kaiser Permanente, part of a workshop presentation by Executive Dental Director John Snyder, DMD.

A Leader In Healthcare Innovation

Whether you call it “whole health” or “Total Health,” PDA’s philosophy of integrated care to achieve overall wellness was the subject of an ADA study.

In this report, Leavitt Partners, in collaboration with the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, examines five Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) that have integrated oral health services into their care delivery model. Embracing a “whole health” philosophy these organizations are taking creative approaches to reconnecting mouth and body. The five ACOs that participated in this study experienced promising results in coordinating dental care with overall medical care and improving patient outcomes. Further opportunities for better coordination of dental and overall medical care will become more evident as the health care system continues to evolve toward increased coordination of care and value based payment.”

Recognized Leader In Dentistry

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Congratulations to Dan Pihlstrom, DDS and PDA for making the cover of this issue of Journal of the American Dental Association. The article co-authored by Dr. Pihlstrom makes observations that reveal that PDA dentists, female practitioners, and older dentists are more likely to follow evidence based practices.

This is the second article published in JADA by PDA dentists. The first article titled, “Diabetes Control and Dental Care” was published in January 2012.

Partner Of Choice

Jody Callaghan, DMD was recently awarded the David Lawrence Award. The David Lawrence Community Service Award is a KP National award named in honor of Dr. David Laurence, former CEO of Kaiser Permanente and lifelong advocate and champion of improving community health. The awards recognize groups and individuals dedicated to improving the health of our communities.

Dr. Callaghan was selected from among 250 nominees across all KP regions, among 50 finalists and is among 18 award recipients. She is the only NW representative to receive David Laurence award this year. Selection criteria includes: Exemplary efforts, Significant history of sustained contributions to the overall health of a community or population, Measurable impact on the health or well-being of a community or population, Commitment to important health and social issues, Collaboration with a community organization, and Understanding of racial and ethnic disparities in health care.

Dr. Callaghan organizes outreach to uninsured and vulnerable people through events such as KP Night Out and Give Kids a Smile, and promotes the Oregon Dental Association’s Mission of Mercy.

Advancing The Standard of Care

More than 100 PDA dentists are members in the National Dentist Practice-Based Research Network (The Nation’s Network). The Network is a consortium of participating practices and dental organizations that investigates research questions and shares experiences and expertise. The nation’s network is an effort to help dental professionals directly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of dental care. Essentially, it is research done about and in the “real world” of daily clinical practice.