2021 AADR and FNIDCR Capitol Hill Day


Date: March 17, 2021
Time:  Hill Day Kick-off Event – 11:00 a.m. ET
         Virtual Hill Visits – 12:00 – 5:30 p.m. ET
Location: Virtual 

Join the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) and the Friends of National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (FNIDCR) on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 for the 2021 AADR and FNIDCR Capitol Hill Day! 

During this annual event—taking place entirely online this year—dental and craniofacial researchers, dental educators, students, patient advocates, and other oral health advocates have a unique opportunity to connect with members of Congress about issues that are vital to the field, including increased funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). Capitol Hill Day on March 17 is the opportune time to advocate for Fiscal year 2022 funding and champion programs that could affect you, your institution, and the fields of dental, oral and craniofacial research

Due to the ongoing circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Hill Day format will be virtual. Prior to March 17, AADR will host on-demand online trainings (dates below) to prepare advocates to engage with their lawmakers about the importance of federally funded research. Then, on March 17, individuals will have meetings with Hill staff—from the comfort of their (home) office. As always, AADR will arrange the meetings between individuals and their elected officials in the House and Senate, but in 2021 these meetings will be conducted virtually.


2021 Hill Day Webinars

Register and join the following 2 webinars to learn more about the importance of advocating and gain important tools for the Hill Day. 

The 117th Congress and the Value of Advocacy
February 24, 2021 | 12 – 1 p.m. ET
View Webinar Recording

Town Hall with Federal Agency Staff 
March 11, 2021 | 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. ET
View Webinar Recording

Hill Day Training Session
March 16, 2021 | 2 – 3 p.m. ET
View Recording of Session


Social Media and Communications Toolkit

Get involved now and on March 17! 


Register to attend the 2021 AADR and FNIDCR Capitol Hill Day by completing the registration form. Completed forms are due no later than Friday, February 19, 2021

*Please note that your registration represents your professional commitment to attend this event and confirms your availability from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST on March 17. We are not able to accommodate different schedules or days for these meetings.

Schedule of Events

February 24, 2021

  • Webinar: The 117th Congress and the Value of Advocacy | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET
    Learn about the 117th Congress, including its new members, the significance of advocacy, and how you can influence the policymaking process.

March 11, 2021

  • Town Hall with Federal Agency Staff | 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. ET
    Hear directly from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research about the Institute’s latest activities and initiatives as well as the opportunities and challenges it faces in 2021. 

March 16, 2021

  • Hill Day Logistics Training (*Mandatory) | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET 

March 17, 2021

  • Hill Day Kick-Off Event | 11:00 a.m. ET
    Join AADR staff prior to your Hill visits to review event logistics and to have your final questions about Hill Day answered. 
  • Congressional Visits | 12:00 – 5:30 p.m. ET
    Exact schedules will vary by participant, but we ask all participates to hold this time as if you were coming to Washington, D.C. for the day!


2021 Hill Day Contact

Lindsey Horan, AADR Assistant Director of Government Affairs