What is grassroots advocacy?
Grassroots advocacy refers to a movement which grows spontaneously and naturally. This movement generally stems from a common interest or belief. At the MDS grassroots advocacy stems from our members common interest in a particular legislative goal. Currently, our members are rallying around non-covered services legislation, which will prevent dental benefits companies from setting fees for services for which they do not pay providers. Additionally, members are joining together to prevent legislation from passing in the State House that would create an advanced dental hygiene practitioner. To read more about these issues click here!
How can you get involved?
Members can participate in grassroots advocacy in many ways, from writing letters to their legislator to organizing coffee hour meetings with colleagues and the local legislator. At our annual Beacon Hill Day, MDS members come together in Boston to learn more about legislation and to meet with their legislators to discuss the most important issues facing dentistry. If you would like to learn more about getting involved in our various grassroots initiatives, please contact Ryan Ingram, MDS manager of government affairs.
- Build solid, meaningful relationships with your legislator and colleagues
- Organize rapid response capability
- Capitalize on existing professional and social networks
Coffee Hour Meetings:
Coffee hour meetings provide dentists and area legislators an informal opportunity to discuss the issues regarding oral health and the field of dentistry. Dentists are able to build relationships with their legislators and further the goals of the MDS. It is vitally important for every lawmaker to become aware of the issues important to dentistry. Coffee hours are another step in the continuing effort to communicate our concerns to our elected officials by providing the basis from which both sides can develop a stronger working relationship. Contact Ryan Ingram to learn more about hosting your own coffee hour.