The ODA's advocacy program is directed through the ODA Board of Trustees in affiliation with DOPAC, ODA's political action committee. The House of Delegates establishes policy on issues, while the Board of Trustees provides interpretation of these policies and guides development of the ODA's legislative agenda and response to legislation.
The Board of Trustees applies the below core principles with the existing political climate of the Legislature, to determine its advocacy strategy:
- It is in the best health and safety interest of the public at large and dental providers
- It maintains and protects the dentist as the head of the dental team
- It is cost effective for the public
- It addresses access to care barriers for those in need of dental services while providing adequate reimbursement to the provider