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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. 

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

Events for state society leaders and staff

  • Networking reception
    This reception takes place at the Academy’s Annual Meeting. The reception is open to society staff and leadership, including incoming officers and immediate past presidents.
  • State executives luncheon
    The state executives luncheon takes place at Annual Meeting. This is an opportunity for state executives and administrators to have lunch and take a break from a busy meeting schedule to reconnect with colleagues from across the country.
  • State executives conference
    This conference is especially planned for society executives and administrators. New in 2016: The conference will take place before the start of the AADA's Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. Topics vary, but have included communication strategies, member engagement, CME/MOC, policy updates, skin cancer screenings, payer issues, and grant funding.

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

  • Advisory Board Portal and Advisory Board Forum 
  • Model State Award (MSA) program
    The MSA program is overseen by the State Society Development Task Force. The award is designed to recognize outstanding society accomplishments in areas of membership, volunteerism, member engagement, and advocacy efforts. States can also apply for Special Recognition Awards (SRA) by submitting special society programs and initiatives for consideration. 
  • Complimentary mailing lists
    State societies are eligible to receive two complimentary mailing lists from the Academy each year.
  • Society update program
    Societies can request a speaker to give an Academy Update presentation at their Annual Meeting.
  • Bylaws review
    Society bylaws can be reviewed upon request. Bylaws are usually reviewed by a State Society Development Task Force 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.
  • 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.

Advisory Board members  


Access the Advisory Board Portal and visit your AB Forum!