Public Policy Advocates Initiative

In 2012 the AAPD through the Council on Government Affairs developed a state Public Policy Advocate initiative in order to strengthen and coordinate advocacy efforts by our state chapters. The Public Policy Advocate (PPA) position is designed to serve as the state pediatric dentistry association’s advocate for the oral health issues of infants, children, adolescents and patients with special health care and developmental needs. The PPA will help represent the state pediatric dentistry association in promoting children’s oral health issues with the state legislature and other elected bodies, state regulatory agencies (including Medicaid and health departments), licensing bureaus, professional health and child welfare organizations, oral health coalitions, foundations, institutions of dental education, publicly-funded safety net programs, and the private sector benefits industry. The PPA will also closely coordinate their activities with those of the state dental association. PPAs will serve as an advocacy liaison between the state pediatric dentistry association and the state dental association.

The PPA program is modeled on the successful efforts by Dr. Paul Reggiardo (past AAPD president and chair of the Council on Dental Benefit Programs) in serving as PPA for the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry over the past decade.

AAPD members interested in public policy issues in their state as well as policymakers and advocates for children’s oral health at the state level should feel free to contact the PPA in your state. Click here for the current list of state PPAs. For further information about the program please contact AAPD Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel C. Scott Litch at oed@aapd.org.

 

 State Public Policy Advocates (as of August 2014)

State

Public Policy Advocate

Email Address

Phone

Alabama Dr. Stephen C. Mitchell stevem@uab.edu (205) 934-1136
Arkansas Dr. David A. Ciesla ciesla1@hotmail.com (479) 783-4182
Arizona Dr. Timothy R. Wilson dr.tim_apdo@yahoo.com (480) 556-0600
California Dr. Paul A. Reggiardo reggiardo@prodigy.net (714) 848-0234
Colorado Dr. Jeffrey A. Kahl kahlja@msn.com (719) 522-0123
Connecticut Dr. Douglas B. Keck dougkeck@earthlink.net (203) 245-1454
District of Columbia Dr. Anupama R. Tate atate@childrensnational.org (202) 476-3559
Florida Dr. Eli E. White, Jr. drelijr@aol.com (321) 242-8109
Georgia Dr. James B. Hall, III jimhall@adamember.net (478) 743-0901
Iowa Dr. Matthew K. Geneser matt-geneser@uiowa.edu (319) 335-7483
Illinois Dr. Charles S. Czerepak pinedent@aol.com (773) 880-5455
Indiana Dr. Charles Poland, III weshinesmiles@gmail.com (317) 849-2606
Kentucky Dr. Al Pelphrey dral@yourchildssmile.com (606) 437-1461
Louisiana Dr. Suzanne E. Fournier fouse06@gmail.com (504) 410-3051
Maine Dr. Stephen C. Mills
LMILLS5977@aol.com (207) 883-4203
Massachusetts Dr. Anubha S. Sacheti asacheti@post.harvard.edu  
Maryland Dr. Stuart D. Blumenthal sblumenthal@gmail.com (410) 321-0200
Michigan Dr. John H. Deppen jhdeppen@gmail.com (269) 323-8016
Minnesota Dr. James D. Nickman james.nickman@att.net (651) 484-8611
Missouri Dr. Lori Henderson drlori@ident.com (573) 446-6868
Nevada Dr. Cody C. Hughes  codyhugheskidsdmd@gmail.com (888) 963-9601
North Carolina Dr. Kerry A Dove kerry.dove@gmail.com (919) 220-1416
North Dakota Dr. D. Michael Goebel drmikepc@hotmail.com (701) 355-1142
Nebraska Dr. Holly A. Portwood holly.portwood@mypdsmail.com (402) 462-6557
New Jersey Dr. Irvin B. Sherman info@shorechildrensdentalcare.com (732) 775-1492
New York Dr. Courtney H. Chinn cc115@nyu.edu  
Ohio Dr. Homa Amini Homa.Amini@nationwidechildrens.org (614) 722-5651
Pennsylvania Dr. Ross M. Wezmar pedormw@aol.com (570) 346-7760
Rhode Island Dr. Daniel J. Kane dkane@chartercare.org (401) 456-4441
Tennessee Dr. Joseph A. Faiz josephfaiz@gmail.com (615) 494-5437
Texas Dr. William D. Steinhauer wdsdds@texas.net (210) 432-1510
Vermont Dr. Brian D. Collins bcinbigd@att.net (802) 388-3553
Virginia Dr. Patrice B. Wunsch pbwunsch@vcu.edu (804) 827-2698
Washington Dr. John L. Gibbons jkagib@comcast.net (253) 627-6023

Wisconsin

Dr. Nicolet DeRose

nicoletderose@gmail.com

(262) 634-8662