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University of the Pacific’s ASDA Chapter Hosts ADPAC Political Awareness Week

January  26, 2011

University of the Pacific's American Student Dental Association (ASDA) chapter is hosting a series of American Dental Political Action Committee (ADPAC) events to promote political awareness at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Throughout the week of Jan. 31, dental school students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in educational sessions focused on the politics affecting dentistry in San Francisco, the state of California and the greater United States.

Dental professionals are faced with realities of an ever-changing profession and students at the Dugoni School of Dentistry realize the importance of staying up to date on the dental political climate and the state of public health. ADPAC events offer valuable insight on issues affecting the dental field.

"As students, it's important for us to constantly expose ourselves to the politics and issues affecting our profession," said Ivan Chicchon, Class of 2013, who is coordinating ADPAC Week with Veena Vaidyanathan, Class of 2012. "ADPAC Week is a valuable time for us to learn from political experts and leaders about issues influencing the future of dentistry."

Three sessions will take place during the week. On Jan. 31, Dr. Rhett Murray, chairman of the ADPAC Board of Directors, will speak about dental politics on a national scale. On Feb. 2, Dr. Matt Campbell, member of the 13th District ADPAC Board of Directors, will provide a more local overview of dental politics and issues.

On Feb. 3, State Senator Leland Yee will speak to the Dugoni School of Dentistry community about issues affecting California and the city of San Francisco, as well as the overall state of public health.

The bipartisan arm of the American Dental Association (ADA), ADPAC is comprised of ADA members who support the association's participation in the political process. ADPAC supports political candidates — regardless of party affiliation — who are strong advocates for dentists and the patients they serve.

ASDA is a national student-run organization whose mission is to protect and advance the rights, interests and welfare of students pursuing careers in dentistry. More than 87% of all dental students nationwide join the association. At the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, 100% of DDS and IDS students are members of ASDA. For more information, visit http://www.asdanet.org.

Category Type: Special Events, Dental Issues and Research

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu