UCSF first year residents, Dr Shan Girn and Dr Devon Cooper, are selected as 2016 Santos Cortez Graduate Student Legislative Advocacy Interns together with Dr Christina Do from USC. Dr Girn and Dr Cooper attended the California delegation in Washington D.C. as part of AAPD’s Public Policy Advocacy Conference on April 2-6, 2016. They spent the weekend learning to advocate for the profession with mentor and fellow residents throughout the country. The California delegation had a record 21 meetings with the congressional offices throughout the conference.
The Santos Cortez Graduate Student Legislative Advocacy Interns program, now in its fifth year, also includes participation in CDA/CSPD Legislative Advocacy Day in Sacramento. The residents and mentors will receive briefings and training before visiting various legislative offices to discuss issues of concern around children’s oral health.