State society resources

Welcome to your hub for everything related to leading an effective state society. The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) is working to deliver all the information and resources state societies need to stay connected to one another and the Academy, and advocate for the specialty. 

The newest resource is Society Insider, a quarterly electronic newsletter. View articles from the most recent issue of Society Insider.


AADA tools


Below, you'll find a growing list of tools, resources, meetings, and events offered to state dermatology societies. For questions about any AADA tools and resources, email statesociety@aad.org.

Events for state society leaders and staff

  • Leadership workshop
    The leadership workshop is held at Annual Meeting in conjunction with the State Society Executives Conference. Previous workshops have included presentations from state society leaders or SSDTF members, as well as roundtable idea-sharing sessions on a variety of topics (e.g., advocacy, meetings, governance, etc.).

  • Networking reception
    This reception takes place immediately after the leadership workshop at the Academy’s Annual Meeting. The reception is open to society staff and leadership, including incoming officers and immediate past presidents.

  • State leadership breakfast
    The leadership breakfast takes place at Annual Meeting. The breakfast typically includes brief remarks from the president-elect, presentation of the Model State and Special Recognition Awards, and short presentations about interesting and innovative state society projects and programs.

  • State executives conference
    This conference for society executives and administrators takes place at Annual Meeting. Topics vary, but have included CME/MOC, policy updates, skin cancer screenings, payer issues, and grant funding.

Targeted meetings available to individual societies

  • Planning meetings
    Planning meetings are typically held with some or all of the current officers and the society’s executive director. AADA staff will attend and sometimes a SSDTF member will also attend a meeting. The meetings are used to discuss the society’s current challenges, strengths, and goals as well as available Academy resources that may be a good fit for the society (including SSDTF assistance). If the society is considering a full leadership retreat, potential agenda items and participants are also discussed.

  • Leadership retreats
    Retreats are generally held with a society’s BOD and/or involved leaders. Typically, two SSDTF members attend in order to share examples and ideas from other societies, provide input, and share examples and ideas from other state societies. Two Academy staff members also attend in order to provide feedback on society development and in-depth advocacy planning. The agenda varies based on the needs of the individual society, but often includes bylaws and organizational structure review, advocacy planning, membership communication and engagement strategies, and strategic planning. Prior to the leadership retreat, we try to hold a planning meeting with the officers. After the retreat, a follow-up call is often scheduled so that the group can share the progress made following the retreat and also identify areas where additional help may be needed.

Services available to individual societies

  • Bylaws review
    Society bylaws can be reviewed upon request. Bylaws are usually reviewed by a SSDTF member and Academy staff. A conference call or meeting is then scheduled to outline any concerns, suggested revisions or items for consideration, and answer any questions.

  • Society member surveys
    Society surveys are another resource that we have offered, either as part of the leadership retreat planning or as a stand-alone tool. These are informal surveys and are usually done on the Academy’s Survey Monkey account. Survey topics can be customized based on a society’s needs; previous topics have included advocacy priorities, communication preferences, and opportunities for engagement.

Policy and advocacy resources

  • Legislative and regulatory analysis

  • Payer issue guidance

  • Legislative hearing preparation
    Talking points, individual leader/member preparation, testimony or letter from AADA.

  • Grassroots support
    Drafting and/or sending alerts, identifying legislative targets, key contact network development, etc.

  • Proactive policy planning
    Issue identification, model legislation, coalition building, etc.

  • AADA State Advocacy Grants
    This grant program provides assistance to state societies for the advancement of their health policy initiatives and can be used for state lobbying expenses. States can apply for funding, and applications are reviewed by the State Policy Committee and approved by the Government Affairs, Health Policy & Practice Council.

Additional society resources

  • Model State Award (MSA) program
    The MSA program is overseen by the SSDTF and is designed to recognize outstanding society accomplishments and has expanded to include Special Recognition Awards (SRA). States can also use the criteria for this program to identify potential areas for development. A SSDTF work group revises the program criteria and reviews state applications. States that win the MSA or a SRA receive a society development grant from the Academy.

  • Complimentary mailing lists
    State societies are eligible to receive two complimentary mailing lists from the Academy each year.

  • Society update program
    The Academy will provide a speaker upon request for a state society’s annual meeting. Topics vary based on the society’s interests, but requests have included updates on state policy, health system reform, and payer issues.

  • State execs/admin listserv
    A listserv created to allow the Academy to share information with state society staff and to allow a forum for society staff to communicate with each other.

  • State society leadership newsletter
    An electronic newsletter specifically targeted to state society officers and society staff. View articles from the Society Insider newsletter.