2017 Smile West Virginia Educational Advocacy Day
Members of the West Virginia Dental Hygienists’ Association along with faculty and students from the Student Chapters of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association at West Virginia University, West Liberty University, and BridgeValley Community and Technical College converged at the West Virginia State Capitol to participate in the 2017 Smile West Virginia Educational Advocacy Day.
Participants joined with members of the West Virginia Oral Health Coalition and were provided an overview of the legislative process and learned basic lobbying skills from a variety of healthcare and governmental relations professionals. Students also toured the West Virginia Capitol and witnessed the reading of a proclamation to name February 10 as Oral Health Day in West Virginia and to proclaim this day as Dental Hygienists’ Day.
“The goal of the project was to support an educational, legislative day for our future dental hygiene professionals” said WVDHA President Amanda Stottlemyer. By fostering a spirit of collorbation with other health organizations, educating students on current dental public health issues emphasizing the value of early interventions to prevent oral health disparities and allowing students the opportunity share with legislators their valued role as oral health educators and health care providers we can create a generation of dental professionals to continue to advocate for oral health across the state.
This event was presented through a partnership between The West Virginia Dental Hygienists’ Association and the West Virginia Oral Health Coalition. Educational Advocacy Day was fully funded by a grant for the DentaQuest Foundation with support from the Marshall University School of Medicine Community and School Oral Health Team.