The AAO Professional Advocacy Conference event aims to reinforce the policy priorities of the orthodontic specialty.

The 2022 American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) Professional Advocacy Conference begins on Tuesday, April 5, in Washington, DC.

Established in 1994, the AAO Political Action Committee (AAOPAC) works with members of congress to amplify the voice of the specialty of orthodontics and the profession of dentistry in the federal government.

“The AAO’s Advocacy team is on the frontlines to protect patients, increase access to orthodontic care while ensuring patients receive quality care, and ease the burden of student loan debt on dental students,” said Ken Dillehay, DDS, MS, AAO president. “The conference promises to be fast-moving, packed with a variety of speakers, attendance by a number of members of Congress, advocacy updates, and most importantly, attendee engagement.”

The event serves to reinforce the policy priorities of the dental profession and the orthodontic specialty.

“Across the country, volunteers from the AAO work tirelessly to ensure the quality of care for orthodontic patients, increase access to care, and help practitioners build strong, sustainable businesses,” said Dale Anne Featheringham, DDS, chair of the Professional Advocacy Conference.

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