Florida Mission of Mercy: The importance of grassroots advocacy

As a fourth-year dental student at the University of Florida (UF), I’ve served patients across the state and found that dental caries was the most common condition I saw. This is no surprise, though, since it is the most prevalent of all oral diseases around the world, according to the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016.

Lobby Day 2019: Highlights and next steps

More than 1,000 dental professionals visited our nation’s capital in April to advocate for the profession. The dental voice was loud and clear as attendees supported principles to alleviate the student debt burden, promoted the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act and championed the repeal of the McCarran-Ferguson Act. Here are some highlights of the 2019 ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day, as well as action items on what you can do next.

Why you should get involved in advocacy

I remember my first Advocacy Academy, hosted by the Arizona Dental Association (AzDA). I was nervous about participating in my first ASDA legislative event. I had never considered myself interested in politics before dental school; in fact, the topic made me uneasy. So why did I get up on a Saturday morning to come to this event?

Look before you leap: Lobby Day 2019

Nearly 1,000 dental students and dentists will travel from all corners of the country to visit the Hill to advocate for the dental profession. Whether you’re a student that has attended the ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day in the pastor this is your first leap into lobbying on the Hill, here are four fast facts you should know before you head to D.C. April 14–16.

Using Engage, ASDA’s action alert system

Engage, ASDA’s advocacy action alert system, keeps members informed about key issues affecting dentistry and allows ASDA members to advocate for the profession by voicing their position to their legislators. ASDA Speaker of the House Ryan Twaddle says, “When our days are packed with studying, exams and clinic, [it’s easy] to think the end goal is graduation. However, lawmakers are continuously creating policies that you must follow after graduation.”

7 terms to know before advocating for student debt

With the rising costs of dental school and education, getting student loans are a common reality for many dental students. It is important to understand the terminology that will allow for better communication between you and your lender, especially before signing the promissory note. Additionally, this knowledge will help you effectively advocate for initiatives at the local, state and national levels that alleviate the student debt burden.