ASDA’s Advocacy Month contests will challenge students to engage with advocacy. Challenges ran from November 1 – 30, 2018.
- The Populist Chapter Challenge – The chapter that receives the most social media likes on their advocacy event post will win this contest. Post a photo from your advocacy event on your chapter’s Instagram account, and include a short statement describing the event and who attended. Tag @dentalstudents, and use #ASDAadvocacy and #ASDApopulist. Make sure your page is set to public.
- I am a dental voter: ASDA wants you to get informed on the issues and vote. After you’ve voted, share a photo of yourself the “I voted” sign (available here) on Instagram along with a brief statement on why you choose to be a dental voter on Election Day. Your post must be dated on Nov. 6, 2018 and must tag @dentalstudents and include #ASDAadvocacy. The post with the most likes will be reposted on ASDA’s official Instagram account. Make sure your page is set to public.
- Advocacy Month political cartoon contest – Members will submit a political cartoon featuring their favorite advocacy-related pun. Cartoons should be submitted by November 16 as high resolution .jpg file, sized 2200px x 1150px. The Council on Advocacy will select a winner and two runners-up. Winners will be featured in ASDA publications and receive a prize. Submitted cartoons should be professional and appropriate. The Council on Advocacy will not consider any cartoons that contain explicit language or defame political figures.
Combating the Opioid Epidemic
November 13, 7:30 p.m. CDT
In 2016, opioids killed more than 42,000 people in the U.S., and 40% of those deaths involved a prescription pain reliever. Opioids aren’t only an issue for dentistry, they are a national epidemic. To help students effectively discuss and combat the crisis, this webinar provided up-to-date opioid information and examined how experts from different fields work together against opioids.