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AAE board supports political advocacy

By Fred Michmershuizen, DTA
February 18, 2009

Uniting on behalf of the endodontic specialty, the Board of Directors of the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) recently joined the American Dental Political Action Committee as members of its Capital Club. The initiative, currently the only one of its kind among dental specialties, demonstrates through monetary contributions the AAE’s conscious commitment to political outreach.

The donation was made during the American Dental Association’s Annual Session in San Antonio in October. Each of the 21 members of the AAE board made contributions at the ADPAC booth at the same time. To become members of the ADPAC’s Capital Club, individual members must donate a minimum of US$200, significantly higher than the standard US$49 ADPAC contribution.

“Endodontists are motivated to support ADPAC because it not only advocates for the interests of organised dentistry but also for the health and well-being of our patients,” said AAE President Dr Louis E. Rossman. “In these turbulent times, it’s essential to identify political candidates who share our views on improving the dental profession and serving the public in key areas, such as advancing science and working to keep dental care affordable.”

ADPAC’s purpose is to fund candidates for federal office who understand the importance of dentistry and are committed to the nation’s oral health. By contributing to ADPAC, individual dentists have the chance for a significant, collective impact on the political forces that affect their professional lives.

The AAE encourages its members to become more active in organised dentistry and their local communities through its Step Up! programme. The programme is the catalyst for involving endodontists in leadership and community service, bolstering the AAE as the premier endodontic organisation in the nation. To learn more about the Step Up! programme, visit www.aae.org/stepup.

(Source: AAE)

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