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Howard dental students visit ADA House

November 08, 2019

By Jennifer Garvin

Howard ASDS event at the ADA house
Advocacy matters: The Howard ASDA chapter took a trip to the ADA House on Nov. 5. From left to right are Arlene Asante, Iria Ondo Bengone, William Warren, Lee Goodloe, Kristina Fabi, ADA Senior Vice President Mike Graham, Tatum Newbill, Darakshan Fatmi, Zohra Madad and Akshay Kolluri.

Washington — The Howard University College of Dentistry’s American Student Dental Association chapter kicked off the school’s advocacy month with a Nov. 5 trip to the ADA House to learn about key issues important to the dental profession.

During a one-hour sit down with ADA staff, led by Mike Graham, ADA senior vice president, government affairs and public affairs, the 10 third- and fourth-year dental students learned how the Association’s Washington office works to educate lawmakers on issues facing the profession, including licensure and student loans issues. Loan reform was particularly top of mind since it can affect a new dentist’s practice choices.

“Many of our students aren't aware of current issues that directly affect us as dental professionals, so it was very enlightening hearing the ADA's perspective on these topics and learning how we can help! We all left feeling more educated and prepared to lobby and advocate for our profession and our patients at Lobby Day in April and further into the future. This was a great event to kick off ASDA's Advocacy Month,” said fourth-year student Tatum Newbill, Howard’s ASDA president.  

For more information about ASDA’s advocacy efforts, visit This year’s advocacy theme is E Pluribus ASDA.