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Dugoni School Students Advocate for Dental Care in DC

Students stand outside of the Capitol Building, which they visited as part of ASDA's Student Lobby Day.

February  11, 2009

Nine Dugoni School students joined over 300 other dental student representatives from around the country on February 11 for the annual National Dental Student Lobby Day in Washington DC. Under the auspices of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA), students converged on the nation's capital in an organized effort to rally support and awareness for dental-related issues.

The Dugoni School students met with their representatives and encouraged lawmakers to co-sponsor the Meth Mouth Prevention and Community Recovery Act, which would provide grants for education and funding for needed meth mouth research and awareness. The students also asked for increased funding for the National Health Service Corps, an organization providing scholarships and loan repayment programs to recruit healthcare professionals for areas where there is a shortage of care.

"We are fortunate at Dugoni to have a robust ASDA chapter with strong leadership and involvement at both the local and national levels," said student body president Emerson Lake. "It was a rich experience to engage lawmakers and appreciate first-hand the process of government in Washington."

Participants from the Dugoni School included Ryan Wilgus, current ASDA chapter president; Nima Aflatooni, ASDA 11th district trustee; Brian Black, ASDA chapter past-president; Dan Hammer, first-year ASDA rep; John Miller, first-year ASDA legislative liaison; Nakako Uritani and Jacob Rogers, first- and second- year ADEA representatives; Scott Ngai, CDA representative; and Emerson Lake.

Established in 1971 and headquartered in Chicago, IL, the American Student Dental Association is a national student-run organization whose mission is to protect and advance the rights, interests and welfare of students pursuing careers in dentistry.

Category Type: Community Outreach, Dental Issues and Research

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