2014 ADEA AADR Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

On April 8, ADEA hosted its annual Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, garnering the highest participation to date.  More than 50 members from the nation’s academic dental and research community attended the event, for which ADEA collaborated with the American Association for Dental Research (AADR). Notably, ADEA members had more than 75 meetings with both elected officials and their congressional staff to advocate for the training of today’s oral health workforce, as well as investment in dental and craniofacial research.

ADEA Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill_Image_20140502Dr. Lily Garcia, Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors, opened and concluded the briefing by underscoring the importance of advocacy to augmenting dental education and improving good oral and systemic health in the U.S.  Dr. Garcia also pointed out that previous ADEA advocacy efforts resulted in the successful adoption of pediatric dental benefits in the Affordable Care Act. As a result, pediatric oral health coverage is now one of 10 essential health benefits in the Affordable Care Act.

Prior to the Congressional meetings, Reps. Mike Simpson, DMD (R-ID), Paul Gosar, DDS (R-AZ) and G. K. Butterfield (D-NC), all members of the Oral Health Caucus, provided remarks.  Erica Solway, a senior advisor to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), provided remarks on behalf of the senator.

ADEA and AADR constituents requested that Congress appropriate $32.4 million in FY15 for primary care training in general, pediatric and public health dentistry under Title VII Health Professions programs, in addition to adequately funding the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) at $425 million.

—From Washington Update , Volume 11, Issue 5 (May 2014).

Event Information:

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2014

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


  8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
  9:00 a.m. Welcome: Christopher Fox, DMD, DMSc, Executive Director AADR

Rep. Simpson (R-ID), Member of the Oral Health Caucus
Rep. Gosar (R-AZ) Member of the Oral Health Caucus
  9:05 a.m. Opening Remarks:
Richard Valachovic, DMD, MPH, ADEA President and CEO
Tim DeRouen, PhD, MS, AADR President
  9:25 a.m. Political and Legislative Landscape Overview
Kathryn G. Schubert, Vice President, CRD Associates
  9:45 a.m. Remarks: 
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Member of the Oral Health Caucus
Represented by Erica Solway
  9:50 a.m. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Update
Martha Somerman, DDS, PhD, Director, NIDCR
  10:10 a.m. Health Resources and Services Administration Update
Renee Joskow, DDS, MPS, Senior Dental Advisor, HRSA
  10:30 a.m. Title VII Funding - Making the "Ask"
Yvonne Knight, JD, ADEA Senior Vice President

NIDCR Funding - Making the "Ask"
Carolyn Mullen, AADR Director of Government Affairs

How to Navigate the Hill and Conduct a Meeting
Carolyn Mullen, AADR Director of Government Affairs
  12:00 p.m. Remarks:
Rep. Butterfield (D-NC), Member of the Oral Health Caucus
  12:10 p.m. Boxed Lunches
  12:15 p.m. Closing Remarks 
Lily Garcia, DDS, MS, ADEA Chair of the Board
  12:30 p.m. Depart for Meetings with Members of Congress and/or Staff