Advocacy Month

AdvocacyMonth_2017_CollagePeople you don’t know are dictating how you practice. That's why dental students participate in ASDA’s Advocacy Month each November. This year’s theme is E Pluribus ASDA.

The month will focus on the importance of students advocating together to positively impact the profession and the patients you serve. Students will engage in advocacy-related initiatives throughout the month by taking local action to make a national impact.

All ASDA predoctoral chapters are encouraged to plan and carry out events throughout November. 

Here are some of the events chapters hold:
  • Legislative lunch and learn
  • ADPAC drive
  • Advocacy-related social event
  • Advocacy academy

ASDA Advocacy Molar Bearbear

For the third year in a row, ASDA's mascot will travel all over the country to help students get informed and involved with advocacy. Contact Robin Lieberman with any questions.

Once you receive the bear, share with us on social media what your chapter is up to using #AdvocacyBear, #ASDAadvocacy and tag @dentalstudents.

The Advocacy Molar Bear made it to 61 of ASDA's 66 chapters in 2018! Take a few minutes to read about the bear's exciting travels in November. 


Students are encouraged to share their excitement for advocacy on social media with speech bubbles and artwork:


Molar Bear Video Competition: ASDA’s Council on Advocacy recognizes how much effort chapters put into their visits with the Molar Bear. This year, the council will select the chapter with the best Molar Bear video, award them with a $100 gift card and showcase their video on ASDA’s social media platforms. To participate, make sure your chapter’s video is posted (not a story) on Instagram by 11:59 p.m. CST on Monday, Nov. 25 and is shared publicly. Tag @dentalstudents and use #ASDAadvocacy and #AdvocacyBear


Dental midlevel providers are a hot topic in organized dentistry and one of ASDA’s main advocacy issues. Tune into the Council on Advocacy’s advo-cast at 7:30 p.m. CST on Thursday, Nov. 14 to learn more about midlevel providers and ASDA’s stance. This advo-cast will feature interviews with two midlevel provider experts. They’ll focus on midlevel legislation and the role of Community Dental Health Coordinators.  

Register today to participate in this bite-sized discussion on the big issue of midlevel providers.