ADEA State Advocacy Toolkit
The importance of being an advocate for academic dentistry and dental and craniofacial research cannot be overstated. Getting involved is crucial—programs and funding that affect you and your institution are at stake. As leaders in the field of oral health care and dental and craniofacial research, you can help shape policy and impact funding that will affect your institution.
There are numerous points in the legislative process at which you can provide input. It is a fact, most legislators know very little about oral health care in general or about the connection of good oral health to good systemic health. Furthermore, they probably know very little about cutting-edge dental and craniofacial research which has enabled doctors to detect certain cancers. As experts in the field, be it at the allied, predoctoral, doctoral, or advanced dental education level, your input is invaluable and carries a lot of weight in the legislative process. By establishing yourself as a resource for information and establishing a relationship, you are improving your access to the policymaker. Keep in mind, as issues that affect you come before legislators, it is much easier to have the “ear” of a friend than a stranger!
ADEA has developed this state advocacy toolkit to better equip you to become an advocate. Resources have been assembled to provide you with information so you can effectively interface with your state legislators about funding and programs that affect you and your institution. We trust you will make good use of the toolkit, as President John F. Kennedy stated, “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.”
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