It's time to stop reinventing the advocacy wheel. Rather than plan an event from scratch, learn from the leaders that have planned successful advocacy events at other chapters.
South Carolina Lobby Day
South Carolina ASDA took to the State Capitol on Marc
h 21, 2018 for their annual State Lobby Day. SC ASDA is privileged to have an excellent working relationship with the South Carolina Dental Association (SCDA), who were instrumental in organizing the event. Students from all four years were able to meet with SCDA Board members and the university's Board of Trustee members throughout the day in Columbia, S.C. Dental students and members of the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services explored important topics facing the future of dentistry, ranging from Medicare fees to prescription drug abuse. To cap off the day, students were introduced on the floors of both the State House of Representatives and the State Senate. In order to initiate the planning of State Lobby Day, SC ASDA members have established connections with Medical University of South Carolina Governmental Affairs offices in both Charleston and Columbia.
Key to the successful planning and execution of our advocacy efforts is Brian Kirkland, South Carolina '19, who is currently serving his second term as the chapter's senior legislative liaison.