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AAD Cares: Community Outreach Programs

The American Academy of Dermatology is committed to improving the lives and health of people across the country.

Learn how the AAD is building shade structures to protect kids from the damaging effects of the sun, educating children and adults about the importance of skin care, providing access to dermatologic care, and saving lives through free screenings to detect skin cancer early when it’s most treatable.

What we do

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SPOT Skin Cancer™

Millions of people have been educated about the importance of sun protection and early cancer detection through AAD’s SPOT Skin Cancer™ initiative.

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Camp Discovery

For over 30 years, the AAD has been offering young people ages 8-16 who have chronic skin conditions a summer camping experience unlike any they’ve had before.

Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!™ participants
Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!™

Hikers across the globe are raising awareness and funds for the AAD SPOT Skin Cancer™ campaign, working to create a world without skin cancer.

AAD Shade Structure program
Shade Structures

The AAD provides grants to install permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that need protection from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools, or recreation spaces.

Youth programs
Good Skin Knowledge

This youth education campaign provides free resources to educators to teach children ages 8-10 and 11-13 about acne, skin health, and sun protection.

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International grants

The AAD has several international programs that offer grants to Academy members who provide much-needed dermatologic care in underserved communities around the globe.

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Resident education grants

Through Resident Education Grants, the AAD ensures residents get off to a great start in their careers and as leaders of the specialty.

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AAD Teledermatology Program

This teledermatology program provides patients in underserved communities with dermatologic care by facilitating safe and secure provider-to-provider dermatologic consults with an easy-to-use telemedicine platform.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiative

Through this AAD initiative, underrepresented medical students receive opportunities encouraging them to join the specialty, ultimately helping to increase diversity in dermatology.

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Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute provides invaluable training, mentorship, and networking opportunities that give dermatologists the skills to succeed and become leaders in their communities.

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Ways to give

Stephen P. Stone, MD, FAAD
Annual Fund

“Our philanthropic support allows the AAD to go beyond what dues alone can accomplish. From camp for kids, to helping residents attend our meetings, our donations benefit both our specialty and the recipients.” - Stephen P. Stone, MD, FAAD

Daniel D. Bennett, MD, FAAD
Monthly giving

“The AAD does a lot for us, our patients, and our specialty. Two years ago I joined the AAD Friends Circle, the AAD’s monthly donation program. I like giving back to programs and services that make a difference.” - Daniel D. Bennett, MD, FAAD

David C. Adams, MD, FAAD

“It is a privilege to be a dermatologist. When you stop to consider the many ways that dermatology has made our own lives better, what a simple gesture it is to give back and to help those in need.” - David C. Adams, MD, FAAD

Stephen B. Webster, MD, FAAD
Planned giving

“I have included the AAD in my will. I consider it an honor to offer support which will continue the work of the Academy into the future. It is meaningful to continue to support our Academy after we are gone.” - Stephen B. Webster, MD, FAAD

Joy B. Chastain, MD, FAAD

“It has been a privilege and an honor to team up with the AAD’s Adopt-a-Shade program. If we can increase awareness and use of this program, imagine how many skin cancers we can prevent.” - Joy B. Chastain, MD, FAAD

Our donors

We welcome this year's generous donors and thank them for their commitment to advancing the programs and services of the Academy.

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Become a Corporate Partner

AAD Corporate Partners can attend events with AAD members and meet AAD leadership. In addition, they will receive recognition in Academy publications, prominent on-site recognition at Annual and Summer Meetings and listing on the AAD website.

Todd Edwards, Group Vice President, Business Unit Head, Dermatology, Incyte
Todd Edwards, Group Vice President, Incyte

“Since 2002, Incyte has remained committed to science that can improve the lives of patients and we are proud to join the AAD in support of advancing education and research to make a transformative impact on the treatment of skin diseases.”

John Dobak, MD, Chief Executive Officer, DermTech
John Dobak, MD, Chief Executive Officer, DermTech

“At DermTech, we are committed to supporting AAD’s skin cancer prevention and awareness efforts. Every step matters and together we can save lives.”

Adriana Guana, MD, Vice President, U.S. Medical Affairs, LEO Pharma, Inc.
Adriana Guana, MD, VP, US Medical Affairs, LEO Pharma, Inc.

“At LEO Pharma, we have been working to improve patient outcomes for more than 100 years. We are proud to support the AAD’s efforts to reduce the burden of skin diseases and conditions through education and research to enhance patient care.”

Become a Corporate Partner

To learn about partnership opportunities with the AAD, the largest, most influential, and representative nonprofit dermatology association in the United States, read more at Partner with the AAD.

Become a Partner

2024 Corporate Partner Circle members

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View all AAD Corporate Partners, here.


How much time do you have to give?

Volunteer AAD Teledermatology Program
Help patients through the AAD Teledermatology Program

The AAD Teledermatology Program gives dermatologists the opportunity to volunteer and deliver dermatologic expertise to underserved populations virtually.

Volunteer Good Skin Knowledge
Give back through Good Skin Knowledge

The Good Skin Knowledge youth education campaign allows you to download free lesson plans to teach kids and teens the facts about common skin, hair, and nail conditions.

Volunteer for Camp Discovery
Volunteer at Camp Discovery

Camp Discovery offers kids living with chronic skin conditions a one-of-a-kind summer camp experience.

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Volunteer opportunities for AAD members

There are many ways for AAD member dermatologists to volunteer and give back to their patients, their communities, and the specialty.

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Get involved

Even if you are not a dermatologist, there are many opportunities to join the AAD in helping children, local communities, and members of the public in enhancing skin health.