The Council on Advocacy represents the interests of dental students on legislative and regulatory issues that impact the dental profession. The council launches grassroots initiatives in support of dental students and the profession and works to establish a legacy of action-oriented advocacy on behalf of our members' patients and the practice of dentistry.
Recent accomplishments of this council:
- Responded to Stafford Loan legislation in 2013 by sending an action
alert asking members to write their congressperson urging them to
support the bill. This generated nearly 900 letters to Congress from
- Submitted written comments
to Massachusetts Board of Dental Registry and the Massachusetts Joint
Committee on Public Health, demonstrating support for legislation that
would create a PGY-1 alternative pathway to state dental licensure and
advocating for ASDA’s L-1 policy.
- Provided oral testimony and comments to the Joint Committee on
Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development of the Maine
State Legislature opposing legislation that would allow midlevel
providers to perform invasive surgical procedures. Legislation was
ultimately defeated in the Senate.
- Provided written comments in response to the U.S. Senate
Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging Hearing, Dental Crisis in
The Need to Address Cost. Comments applauded the Senate’s attention on
the issue but cautioned that the use of dental therapists is not
in the best interest of dental patients. ASDA continues to monitor the
Comprehensive Dental Care Reform Act in 2014.
- Partnered with external organizations with mutual advocacy
interests. ASDA is currently participating in a workgroup with ADA and
ADEA, with the goal of influencing the development and reauthorization
of the Higher Education Act with dentistry-focused provisions. ASDA
participated in the AGD Student Debt Task Force.
- Developed resources to help facilitate advocacy at chapter levels, such as the “How to Promote Chapter Advocacy” guide, “How to Hold an ADPAC Drive” video, and a legislative pamphlet.
- Executing a licensure strategy that will work to reform state
licensure regulations and policies to eliminate the use of human
subjects in initial clinical exams.