Internet Resources for Advocates

The official site of the United States Senate allows you to find and link to your U.S. Senators using a search tool in the upper right hand corner of the page. The site features the Senate Congressional Calendar, which provides recess and district work periods, which are times when your Senator is more accessible in his or her home state. It also includes information about votes, legislation, and hearings in the Senate.
The official site of the United States House of Representatives
also allows you to find and link to your U.S. Representative by typing in your ZIP code. The site features the House Congressional Calendar as well as weekly floor and committee information including committee hearing schedules, vote information on specific bills, and a host of other information.
THOMAS, the Library of Congress Internet Resource Page, was created in January 1995 when the 104th Congress directed the Library of Congress to make federal legislative information freely available to the public. The site is a clearinghouse of websites and information related to Congress, including web pages for the House and Senate. Items that are featured include the text, summary, and status of current legislation; the Congressional Record, which records floor proceedings; and roll call votes on legislation in both chambers. The site allows you to search bills by a legislator's name to see what he or she has sponsored or cosponsored. It also allows you to look at the calendar and weekly schedule for the House and Senate (including committee schedules) and download hearing reports and testimony. The site allows keyword searches of multiple Congresses for legislation dating back to 1989.
Open CRS
provides access to reports by the Congressional Research Service, a Congressional "think tank" that provides reports to Members of Congress on a variety of topics relevant to current legislative and political issues. Open CRS is an archive of such reports that have been released to the public by Congress that includes a simple search feature.
C-SPAN Online Live provides impartial live coverage and recorded webcasts of the proceedings of the House and Senate as well as other public interest programming.

The National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
of the National Institutes of Health is a comprehensive site for researchers and the public. It provides information on oral health, oral diseases, biomedical and behavioral research and advances in the treatment of oral health diseases and conditions. The site posts information about research
opportunities and funding at the NIDCR and more.
The Oral Health Page of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion contains information about state and community-based programs to prevent oral disease and promote oral health. It includes state data on dental visits, state oral health programs, the latest statistics on dental disease, and other oral health resources.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
provides information on oral health programs that improve dental health and increase access to dental care for low-income children, individuals with special health care needs, and people living in medically underserved areas. The site also includes information about dental health profession shortage areas, as well as funding opportunities and information about ongoing projects.*
The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal
provides information about the executive and judicial branches of government, including an A-Z agency index (*will link directly to index) that links with Federal agencies as well as links to state, local, and tribal governments. It includes a reference center with data and statistics, a searchable database of laws and regulations, federal publications, information about Federal Advisory Commissions, and much more.

The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors provides leadership to: promote a governmental oral health presence in each state and territory; formulate and promote sound oral health policy; increase awareness of oral health issues, and; assist in the development of initiatives for prevention and control of oral diseases. The site includes resources such as best practices, state synopses on oral health, and state activities.
The National Conference of State Legislatures
is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states and its commonwealths and territories. The NCSL website provides research and technical assistance that includes model legislation and program materials. To link directly to state legislatures, click here.
The National Governors Association website is a bipartisan website providing information on key federal issues of interest to the governors and their senior staff, including policy reports on innovative state programs and seminars on state trends. The NGA Center for Best Practices focuses on state innovations and best practices on issues such as education and health, including oral health. provides timely tips and research in a format for use by media professionals on state policy innovations and trends as a free resource. The site allows visitors to access state articles by subject matter through simple word searches such as "higher education" and "oral health." The website is staffed by professional journalists. To access health matter directly, clickhere.
This webpage presented by the American Association of Dental Examiners provides links to individual state boards of dentistry where licensure information, dental and dental hygiene practice acts, and regulations can be accessed.