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
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.