On Wednesday, April 26, ADEA held ADEA Virtual Hill Day, where ADEA members communicated directly with Members of Congress about issues of importance to academic dentistry via email and social media. It is not too late to send a message! Now, more than ever, it is important to make the case for funding for federal agencies and programs of importance to dental education and dental and craniofacial research, such as Title VII, Sec. 748 of the Public Health Service Act, which provides funding for health professions workforce training and for innovative research at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).
Additionally, we want Members of Congress to support legislation that helps dental students continue their education and reduce the burden of student loan debt. We are asking for Higher Education Act reauthorization language that 1) reinstates eligibility for graduate and professional degree students to use federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans to finance their graduate educations, and 2) allows federal graduate student loans to be refinanced more than once so new dentists can take advantage of lower interest rates when economic conditions are more favorable.
Let your voice be heard! Tell Congress to appropriate $36 million for Title VII Programs and $452 million for NIDCR!
Let your voice be heard! Tell Congress to improve federal student loans for graduate and professional students!
Ar you on Twitter? Tweet your support of dental education, and dental and craniofacial research with the hashtag #DentalAdvocacy.
As they say in Washington, “if you are not at the table, you may be on the menu.”
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