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ADEA's Advocacy Update - Winter 2011

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Thanks to concerns raised by ADEA, the American Dental Association (ADA), and other oral health organizations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reversed its decision to downgrade the Division of Oral Health (DOH). On January 14, 2011, ADEA Executive Director Richard W. Valachovic wrote to CDC Director Thomas Frieden and stated that “we strongly believe that DOH’s role should be preserved and the division should not be placed under the Division of Adult and Community Health where the issue of oral health care will have to compete with other pressing health issues.”

Advocacy: A Primer for Aspiring Student Leaders

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Opportunities for student leadership are not restricted to the dental school campus or local community. Students looking for ways to make an impact on public policy don’t have to wait until after graduation. Advocacy begins with a desire to help others through activities that can influence public policy and be accomplished on the local, state, and national levels of government.

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