Apply or nominate for Advocate of the Year Award


By Kelley Redbord, MD
Chair, AADA Grassroots Advocacy Workgroup

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 and our patients. The goal of the award is to promote year-around advocacy and acknowledge the positive effects of a single advocate.

The AADA Grassroots Advocacy Workgroup is seeking nominations for this year’s award. If you would like to nominate a colleague or apply for the award, please submit a nomination form to Susie Dumond via email at, or fax to (202) 842-3555.

Nominations are due by Friday, December 8, 2017.

Recommended award criteria include:

  • Active in AADA federal and/or state legislative efforts
  • Responded to state or federal AADA grassroots action alerts
  • Attended AADA's Legislative Conference or other policy conferences
  • Visited with federal and/or state legislators regarding issues affecting the specialty, such as Medicare physician payment, indoor tanning, scope of practice, etc.
  • Participated in legislative review and legislator outreach on behalf of a state dermatology society
  • Active in AADA and/or state medical society's advocacy-related committees
  • Authored or co-authored bill language regarding issues affecting the specialty
  • Called federal and/or state legislators to weigh-in on key issues
  • Worked with media to highlight collaboration with legislators and state dermatology or medical societies

Should you have any questions about the Advocate of the Year Award or the AADA grassroots program, please contact Susie Dumond at

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