November 2019 Volume LIV Number 6


Orientation for State Public Policy Advocates

May 2013 Volume XLVIX Number 3

 As part of the Public Policy Advocacy Conference, on March 11, 2013, the AAPD presented an orientation session for state public policy advocates. In 2012 the AAPD, through the Council on Government Affairs, initiated a state Public Policy Advocate (PPA) initiative in order to strengthen and coordinate advocacy efforts by our state chapters. The PPA position is designed to serve as the state pediatric dentistry associations advocate for the oral health issues of infants, children, adolescents and patients with special health care and developmental needs. The PPA will help represent the state pediatric dentistry association in promoting childrens oral health issues with the state legislature and other elected bodies, state regulatory agencies (including Medicaid and health departments), licensing bureaus, professional health and child welfare organizations, oral health coalitions, foundations, institutions of dental education, publicly-funded safety net programs, and the private sector benefits industry. The PPA will also closely coordinate their activities with those of the state dental association. PPAs will serve as an advocacy liaison between the state pediatric dentistry association and the state dental association.

The orientation program was as follows:


Overview of Public Policy Advocate Duties and Expectations

(Including communications with AAPD)


C. Scott Litch

Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel


Dr. Paul R. Reggiardo

CSPD Public Policy Advocate


Update on State Insurance Exchanges and Essential Benefits under the ACA: Critical Implementation Issues at the State Level

Tom Spangler

Senior Director, Legislative and Regulatory Policy American Dental Association



Quick Briefings on:

Dental Medicaid Reforms General Anesthesia Legislation Dental Therapist Legislation

School-entrance Oral Health Exam Laws

Dr. James J. Crall

Child Advocate


Dr. Paul R. Reggiardo

Chair, Council on Dental Benefit Programs


C. Scott Litch

Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel


Dr. Beverly Largent

Chair, Council on Government Affairs



Tips on Working with your State Dental Association

Keith R. Kerns

Director of Legal and Legislative Services Ohio Dental Association


Strategies for a Successful Legislative Day at the State Capitol

Mara Brooks


Wisconsin Dental Association


Strategies for Building and Working with Oral Health Coalitions

Dr. Brent Holman

Member, AAPD Pediatric Dental Medicaid and CHIP Advisory Committee


Resources from the AAPD Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center

Dr. Paul A. Casamassimo



Jan Silverman

Assistant Director


What You Need to Know about PACs, Federal and State

Dr. Lewis A. Kay

Chair, AAPD PAC Steering Committee