There are many ways you can help protect your profession and advocate alongside the MDA:
Voting is more than a right, it's a way for your voice to be heard.
2. Develop a relationship with your legislator.
Most elected officials want to know as many of their constituents as possible. You can develop a relationship with your legislator by volunteering for their political campaign, hosting a private fundraiser in your home or office, or inviting them as a special guest to public functions such as dental society meetings, building dedications, groundbreakings, and charity events.
Once you have developed a relationship with your legislator, consider becoming a contact dentist for the MDA!
3.Become a contact dentist
A key contact dentist is an individual who is committed to the advancement of MDA issues and who serves as a liaison to one or more elected or appointed policymakers.
The Mississippi Dental Association needs you to serve as a key contact to Mississippi’s state officials. Do you know the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, a legislator and/or a sate official? If so, let us know and, if not, let us help you build a relationship with the legislators in your district!
4. Donate to MDPAC
MDPAC exists to advocate for the positions of the MDA on all types of legislation and to ensure that the Mississippi Dental Association is a constant presence at our state capitol. MDPAC allows dentists to pool their individual contributions together in order to make substantial contributions to the campaigns of key pro-dentistry legislators who are in a position to influence the issues that affect dental patients and practices.
One hundred percent of your MDPAC dollars go to candidates seeking state office. It is essential that we help elect responsive candidates who understand the important role dental health plays in our communities. Working together we can protect our patients and ensure that dentistry is practiced the way we know it should be. These campaign contributions provide an excellent opportunity to establish relationships with legislators.
You can learn more about donating to MDPAC here.
5. Participate in MDPAC events
Participate in events related to MDPAC such as our annual Oral Health Day at the Capitol. Your participation is welcomed and very important!