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November/December 2019 - Local action, national impact
In her editor's note, "Getting to the heart of organized dentistry," 2019-20 ASDA Editor-in-Chief Jeannie Binder, Texas-Houston '21, writes: "I think it's fair to say that the last few years in American politics have been wild. As the news rolls in, I feel like I'm watching some screwball comedy play out, only there aren't any ballroom dancing numbers and the whole experience is significantly less delightful. Whatever side of the political aisle you fall on, you might be feeling disconnected from a political world that seems increasingly bizarre - I know I am.
"Participating in the political system may be the last thing on your mind right now. But an incredible thing about the dental profession is that systems exist for you to get politically involved and effect meaningful change. Through lobbying efforts, the American Dental Association (ADA), ASDA and state dental associations are able to protect the rights and best interests of our patients, as well as preserve the integrity of our profession. I'm not overstating the matter when I say that without advocacy, dentistry as we know it would be unrecognizable. As one dentist I recently met put it, 'Without advocacy, we'd still be barbers.'"
The November/December 2019 issue of Contour gives you a glimpse into the heart of organized dentistry - advocacy. Learn the fundamentals of the dental licensure process, how you can support the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act and what it takes to be a leading chapter in advocacy.
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