Dermatology in Action

Dermatology in Action is a hands-on volunteer program inspired by the compassion that exists among our specialty and our desire to reach out and help the communities we serve. Our recent volunteer efforts have occurred during the Academy's Annual Meeting, providing beautification to areas in need.

2011: Dermatology in Action launched in 2011 during the Academy's 69th Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Nearly 100 volunteers participated when the AAD partnered with HandsOn New Orleans to complete a beautification project in the Lower Ninth Ward Village community center, which is in an area that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

2012: During the 70th Annual Meeting, the AAD partnered with St. Vincent de Paul Village, the largest residential homeless services provider in San Diego, on a volunteer project. Nearly 50 volunteers supported the Village’s efforts by painting the interior hallways of a second-floor housing structure.

2013: During the 71st Annual Meeting in Miami Beach, Fla., the AAD collaborated on a beautification project with HandsOn Broward to enhance the Miami Beach Police Athletic League(MBPAL) community center. Volunteers gardened, assisted in creating murals for the Media Center, and created a “Hall of Color” using colors of the local sports teams. Additionally, the Academy donated two temporary/movable shade structures.  

2014: Dermatology in Action will not occur at the 2014 Annual Meeting in Denver, Colo. 

Future projects: To stay informed about Dermatology in Action at future Annual Meetings, please complete this online form.

“Volunteering to help the vulnerable in our country as an Academy team not only provides aid, but also brings us together in a different and very
positive way.”
— William James, MD, FAAD

Volunteer Recognition Program

If you have been involved in Dermatology in Action, please log your hours. Logging your hours supports the Academy's efforts to enhance the image of the specialty by promoting your dedication to helping patients, communities, and the profession.