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Dental Laboratory Technology Highlighted at 2019 ADEA Capitol Hill Day

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Jennifer Klepper, M.P.M., CDT, TE, Clinical Assistant Professor of Dental Laboratory Technology at the Indiana University Fort Wayne, joined Rebecca Stolberg, RDH, M.S., ADEA Senior Director of Allied Dental Education and Faculty Development, at the 2019 ADEA Capitol Hill Day. This annual event affords participants the opportunity to educate legislators about the dental professions, and Prof. Klepper to share specifics about the profession of dental laboratory technology.

During the morning session, several speakers educated the participants about the importance of advocacy. Members of the ADEA Division of Advocacy and Government Relations shared best practices and anecdotes of successful lobbing efforts. Capt. Renee W. Joskow. D.D.S., M.P.H., Chief Dental Officer of the USPHS, discussed many important issues for Health Resources and Services Administration. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research was also represented at the meeting by Martha J. Somerman, D.D.S., Ph.D., Director, and Niki Moutsopoulos, D.D.S., Ph.D., Clinical Investigator.  

The afternoon consisted of meetings with legislators from Indiana, including representatives from the office of Senator Mike Braun’s (R-IN), Senator Todd Young (R-IN) and Representative Andre Carson (D-IN). Meetings were very comfortable and without intimidation. There was strong interest in learning more about the profession of dental laboratory technology. Legislators were provided information regarding the decline in dental laboratory technology programs (DLTP) accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. They were lobbied to help move dental technicians from Job Zone 2 to Job Zone 3, as they are currently classified in the same category as a baker, bicycle repairperson and a cashier. 

Prof. Klepper was encouraged by this event and believes others should participate in future Hill day activities. It could be the start of change that can make a difference. 

Published on June 12, 2019

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