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AADR, ADEA and FNIDCR Join Forces for 2020 Capitol Hill Day

The American Association for Dental Research (AADR), American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and Friends of National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (FNIDCR) will team up on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, to urge Congress to support dental, oral and craniofacial research and dental education during the 2020 AADR, ADEA and FNIDCR Capitol Hill Day in Washington, D.C.

The event will bring together dental educators; dental, oral and craniofacial researchers; students; patient advocates and oral health research stakeholders to encourage policymakers to: 

  • Increase fiscal year 2021 funding for federal research agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and its National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), and
  • Increase fiscal year 2021 funding for Title VII Health Professions Programs at the Health Resources and Services Administration, specifically the general, pediatric and public health dentistry programs.

Given the shared policy priorities of AADR, ADEA and FNIDCR, the organizations recognize the value in partnering on this important event.

“Research supported through NIDCR grants reduces the burden of oral disease and leads to better oral health for millions of Americans, but our work is not done,” says ADEA President and CEO Karen P. West. “We need to make it a higher priority in this country to eliminate disparities in access to dental care and to support dental professionals in their mission to do just that.”

“AADR is passionate about the impact and value of our annual Advocacy Day and we are especially excited about the opportunities this 2020 Capitol Hill Day provides to communicate the importance of research and education in health care,” says AADR President Timothy Wright. “Not only is AADR once again joining forces with ADEA, an organization we are proud to work with closely throughout the year, and the patient advocate voices of FNIDCR, but this year’s event is also being held in conjunction with the 2020 IADR/AADR/CADR General Session in Washington, D.C. Combined. These new elements offer the chance to engage additional advocates and amplify our message that federally funded research and oral health education make a real difference in the lives of people across the country.”

The AADR, ADEA and FNIDCR Capitol Hill Day provides a chance for dental stakeholders to build relationships with their elected officials and discuss how federally funded dental, oral and craniofacial research, training and education programs directly impact their lives, whether personally or professionally. Further, by conveying how these programs directly affect the oral and overall health of all Americans, the 2020 Capitol Hill Day participants have a unique opportunity to share insights and help shape the future of these vital programs.

To learn more and register for the 2020 AADR, ADEA and FNIDCR Capitol Hill Day, visit www.iadr.org/Capitol-Hill-Day2020. Click to register for the 2020 IADR/AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition in Washington, D.C. on March 18-21, 2020.

About the American Association for Dental Research

The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) is a nonprofit organization with over 3,300 individual members in the United States, dedicated to driving dental, oral and craniofacial research to advance health and well-being through discovery and dissemination. The AADR is the largest Division of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) with over 11,400 members. The AADR also manages the activities of FNIDCR. To learn more, visit www.iadr.org/aadr.

About the American Dental Education Association

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is The Voice of Dental Education. Our mission is to lead and support the health professions community in preparing future-ready oral health professionals. Our members include all 78 U.S. and Canadian dental schools, more than 1,000 allied and advanced dental education programs, over 60 corporations and more than 20,000 individuals. Our activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings and communications, including the esteemed Journal of Dental Education®, as well as the dental school application services ADEA AADSAS®, ADEA PASS®, ADEA DHCAS® and ADEA CAAPID®. For more information, visit adea.org.

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