The American Academy of Dermatology Association’s (AADA) State Advocacy Grant Program provides financial assistance to state dermatology societies to support the advancement of advocacy efforts that influence legislation and address regulatory issues impacting the practice of dermatology and dermatology patients.
Grants are allocated on an annual basis through an application process in which state societies explain their state advocacy initiatives and strategies for the upcoming legislative session. Completed applications are reviewed by the State Policy Committee and ultimately approved by the Council on Government Affairs, Health Policy and Practice (GAHPP Council).
In 2013, nine state societies were awarded grants to assist in their pursuit of state legislative advocacy: Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, Idaho Dermatology Society, Illinois Dermatological Society, Indiana Academy of Dermatology, Missouri Dermatological Society Association, Nebraska Dermatology Society, New York State Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, North Carolina Dermatology Association, and Ohio Dermatological Association.
These state societies focused their advocacy efforts on a variety of issues — such as scope of practice, truth in advertising, and indoor tanning — and used the grants to hire a lobbyist, hold a free skin cancer screening and lobby day at their state capitols, and produce advocacy materials. One society even established a website dedicated to educating legislators and the public on their policy initiative.
The 2014 application, which has moved online, is now available. Learn more about the program or submit an application. Applications must be submitted no later than Sept. 30, 2013.