Awards, DDS

McPherson Named National Legislative Liaison of the Year

The American Dental Political Action Committee of the American Dental Association (ADA) presented Kate McPherson, DDS Candidate 2020, with the American Student Dental Association’s National Legislative Liaison of the Year award during the ADA National Dentist and Student Lobby Day.

“We are thrilled at Kate’s national recognition for her work in legislation,” said Sarah Strickland and Nehemiah Lawson, DDS Candidates 2019, and co-presidents of UNC-CH ASDA. “She’s an amazing leader to have on our team and couldn’t think of anyone more deserving. She’s passionate about dentistry and legislation and puts 110 percent into everything she does.”

The award recognizes McPherson for motivating and organizing the UNC-CH ASDA chapter in the legislative arena, and getting the chapter involved in advocacy efforts. The ASDA Council on Advocacy selects the winner based on nominations from the legislative coordinators from dental schools across the country. Jonathan Vogel presented the award to McPherson.

“Receiving this award was an unbelievable surprise and an incredible honor,” said McPherson. “Advocating for advancements in dentistry has become a powerful part of my time as a dental student at UNC. I feel very fortunate to have had such a strong backing from our UNC ASDA Executive Board and Legislative Committee, who have helped make this such a successful year for dental advocacy.”

This is the second year the ASDA and the ADA joined forces to lobby in Washington, D.C. National Dentist and Student Lobby Day is an opportunity for dental students and dentists to meet with members of Congress, and advocate on the behalf of themselves and their patients.

Students discuss the issues that will impact the education and training of dental students and future dentists with lawmakers and staff. ASDA provides a full day of training on issues and policies up for discussion each year. In addition to conducting congressional meetings, attendees network with and learn from experienced practitioners throughout the meeting.

Photo: Jonathan Vogel presents Kate McPherson, DDS Candidate 2020, with the ASDA National Legislative Liaison of the Year Award (Photo by ADA)