The MDA is a state constituent society of the American Dental Association
. Missouri is in the Sixth District of the ADA, along with Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. The MDA is governed by the House of Delegates
and Board of Trustees
The member elected House of Delegates
meets annually in early November. It consists of 52 voting members, including delegates from each component and one student from UMKC and ATSU. The House of Delegates provides a forum for the discussion and resolution of issues and for the dissemination of information to its members.
The Board of Trustees
consists of officers, trustees from each component society
, and other members (editor, past president, legislative chair, and new dentist representative). The Board of Trustees sets policies to guide the Association in its directives and in meeting the goals of its applied strategic plan and it meets four times annually.