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Advocate of the Year Award


Each year the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) recognizes outstanding grassroots advocacy efforts through the Advocate of the Year Award program. The Advocate of the Year is awarded to one AADA member who sets an example for his or her peers by undertaking a significant amount of advocacy endeavors, at the state and/or federal level, on behalf of the specialty. The goal of the award is to promote year-around advocacy and acknowledge the positive effects of a single advocate.

Nominations for the 2021 AADA Advocate of the Year Award are now closed. Please check back for more information on the 2022 award.


Recommended award criteria include:

  • Active in state society legislative efforts

  • Took action from the AADA Grassroots Action Center

  • Attended AADA's Legislative Conference or other policy conferences

  • Visited with state legislators regarding indoor tanning, scope of practice, or other issues affecting the specialty

  • Participated in legislative review and legislator outreach on behalf of a state dermatology society

  • Active in state medical society's legislative committee

  • Authored or co-authored bill language regarding indoor tanning, scope of practice, other issues affecting the specialty

  • Called state and federal legislators to weigh-in on key issues

  • Worked with media to highlight work with legislators and state dermatology or medical societies.

  • Contacted the governor's office regarding a skin cancer awareness proclamation or other issues related to dermatology.

If you would like to learn more about the award, or have questions about the AADA grassroots program, please contact Susie Dumond via email at SDumond@aad.org or phone at (202) 712-2611.

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