ADEA Washington Update

ADEA Leadership Institute Fellows Visit Capitol Hill

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ADEA Leadership Institute Fellows gathered in Washington, DC, on Sept. 19 to gain insight into the legislative process and advocate for oral health and dental education.

Fellows met at the Rayburn House Office Building, where they heard from National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Director Dr. Martha Somerman, North Carolina Representative G.K. Butterfield, Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors Leon A. Assael and ADEA senior staff.

Participants met with their Members of Congress that afternoon to educate them on two ADEA priorities:

  • $36.7 million in funding for Title VII, Section 748 of the Public Health Service Act, which supports dental residencies and other programs that bring dental care to underserved populations.
  • $452 million in funding for the NIDCR so it may continue to build a base of scientific and clinical knowledge that can be used to enhance the quality of the nation’s oral and overall health.

Members are encouraged to continue advocating for these priorities. Tools are available here on the ADEA website. 

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