Advocacy by the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) is a member benefit that all CSDA members and nonmembers enjoy because of the CSDA’s Strategic Plan and the efforts of the Board of Governors and the Council on Legislation. Furthermore, advocacy is a member benefit that is overwhelmingly and consistently cited as a reason for belonging to the CSDA. However, the CSDA can only participate in the political arena to a certain extent. That is where CODPAC steps in. CODPAC is allowed to make monetary contributions to legislators running for office through Political Action Committees. CODPAC’s mission is to educate dentists about the importance of political action and to support legislators of any party who understand and advocate for issues important to dentists and their patients. In addition, CODPAC provides the opportunity for CSDA leaders to meet with legislators and discuss those issues important to our patients and our profession.
CSDA leaders have worked in the past and will continue to work to educate legislators on issues such as these: