State affairs

The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) advocates with state legislators and regulatory bodies on a variety of issues that affect the specialty and its patients. Expert advice, support, and resources are available to Academy members and state dermatology organizations advocating on behalf of their patients and practices at the state and local levels.

State Advocacy Toolkit

AADA members can use these valuable resources to educate, advocate, and communicate with the public, media, and policymakers about pressing state policy issues.

State Advocacy Grant Program

The AADA State Advocacy Grant Program provides financial assistance to state dermatology societies for the advancement of their health policy initiatives, including state lobbying expenses. The application for 2014 is now available. 

Learn more about the state legislative process and see how a bill becomes a law as well as the points where you can engage in the lawmaking process using the flowchart below.



Additional resources

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Media relations toolkit

Information on a variety of dermatologic issues that have recently been in the news.

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Legislative Conference

Learn about the AADA event held annually in Washington, D.C.

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Leadership Institute programs

A variety of programs to develop specialty leaders.



Learn about AAD mentoring/mentee opportunities


Help patients, communities, and the profession.



Take action

Get involved in AADA advocacy efforts.