2013 ADEA/AADR Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

On April 17, 2013, approximately 60 participants from dental schools around the country converged on Capitol Hill to advocate for funding for programs of importance to dental education and dental and craniofacial research.

The participants of Advocacy Day were treated to a program that included a presentation by Dr. Martha Somerman, Director, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and visits by two members of Congress: Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID), one of two dentists in Congress and Co-Chair of the Oral Health Caucus, and Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), Chairman, Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee. Dr. Richard W. Valachovic, ADEA President and CEO, and Dean Monty MacNeil, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, provided opening and closing remarks, respectively, as everyone prepared to begin their rounds of more than 80 scheduled congressional visits.

Participants were armed with briefing papers and a “leave behind” letter which detailed the necessity of adequate funding for programs that facilitate access to care, prepare the next generation of oral health care providers, and fund cutting-edge research.

The overall feedback has been positive; despite the atmosphere in Washington of budgetary austerity, most Members of Congress and staff appreciated the opportunity to speak directly with oral health and dental and craniofacial research experts–it was truly a mutually beneficial experience.

—From Washington Update, Volume 11, Issue 4 (April 2013).

Event Information:

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Rayburn House Office Building Gold Room (#2168)
Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street
Washington, DC 20003


8:30 a.m. Breakfast Available
9 a.m. Opening Remarks 
AADR and ADEA Leadership
9:10 a.m. Political and Legislative Landscape Update 
AADR and ADEA Government Affairs Staff
9:30 a.m. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Update / Q and A Period  
NIDCR Leadership
10:15 a.m. AADR/ADEA Fiscal Year 2014 Legislative Priorities / Q and A Period  
AADR and ADEA Government Affairs Staff
10:45 a.m. ADA Federal Affairs Update
11:15 a.m. Legislative Insights
Representative Jack Kingston (R-GA), Chairman, Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations
11:30 a.m. Legislative Insights
Representative Mike Simpson (R-ID), Co-Chair, Congressional Oral Health Caucus
11:45 a.m. Lunch Available
11:50 a.m. Navigating Capitol Hill
AADR and ADEA Government Affairs Staff
11:55 a.m. Closing Remarks
AADR and ADEA Leadership
12 - 5 p.m. Participant