We're all about Advocacy!
The goals of our advocacy committee are associated with informing dental students about legislative and regulatory issues that impact their lives while in school and also beyond dental school when they have become practicing oral health care providers. We seek to spread awareness of these issues, but also try to develop a sense of interest and accountability within our dental students to take control of their profession.
The Committee on Advocacy is responsible for putting on the annual ADPAC Drive in order to encourage ASDA members to become a part of the American Dental Political Action Committee. ADPAC is a bipartisan organization that promotes and supports candidates for political office that represent the interests of the dental community. The Committee on Advocacy is also involved with the Michigan State Lobby Day and the ASDA National Lobby Day, which brings students to Lansing and Washington DC, respectively, to discuss issues related to dental school and dentistry with legislators. The committee is also involved with Michigan's ASDA Fever week and puts on a legislative-related event during one of the days of that week.
Advocacy Certificate Program
In part of our advocacy efforts, our chapter has created a program consisting of webinar series, educational events, and advocacy promoting and lobbying. Our goal is to develop leaders that will continue to spread awareness about issues that impact the dental community, and work towards changing it.
Did you know that on November 6 voters elect 5 ADA members to Congress? The campaigns of 5 candidates (ALL DENTISTS) are supported by the American Dental Political Action Committee ADPAC.
ADPAC gives dentists a voice in the public policy area on behalf of your practice, patients, and profession! For the rest of November, we will be holding an ADPAC drive! For just $5 you will become and member and know that you have an impact on preserving your profession! Be a millennial making a difference!
Some UMich ASDA members proudly exercising their right to vote in the Midterm Elections in November 2018!
November 2018 Advocacy Month with the Molar Bear:
check out his time around the school with our members!
March 2018: Our chapter and the University of Detroit Mercy ASDA Chapter teaming up to advocate for patients and our profession at the state capitol in Lansing!
2019-2020 Executive Board Member:
Legislative Liaison, Josh Brown
Photos from our most recent webinar with National ASDA about licensure reform!