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Leadership through Advocacy: Get Started Advocating for Public Health and Dentistry [Podcast]

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In this episode of Beyond the Mouth, we talk with Tooth Talk podcast co-hosts Peter Aiello and Sarah Milligan. They explain why dentists are ideal advocates for public health, offer advice on starting at the local government level and how to work your way up.

This is episode 16 of Beyond the Mouth, a podcast series in which ADA’s Dr. Betsy Shapiro chats with a diverse group of people who can help with the non-clinical challenges dentists experience every day.

This episode was released on December 11, 2019. 

Peter Aiello

Peter Aiello is the co-host of the ADA podcast, Tooth Talk, as well as an experienced grassroots and political professional with over 10 years of experience. He joined the American Dental Association in 2015 as Manager, ADPAC Grassroots and Digital Advocacy, bringing over six years of political campaign and organizing experience to the organization. Starting his career in his home state of New Jersey, Peter served as a grassroots organizer and field director for both local, Congressional, and Senatorial campaigns. He also worked with campaigns in California, Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts, and Arizona to create and run successful field operations in nationally-ranked competitive races. 

Sarah Milligan

Sarah Milligan joined the American Dental Association in 2012 as Director, Political Affairs/ADPAC. She is the co-host of the ADA podcast, Tooth Talk. Originally from Pensacola, Florida, Sarah attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. After earning degrees in Political Science, Russian and East European Studies, and Dance, she joined the staff of Congressman Steve Buyer (R-IN). In four years with Congressman Buyer, Sarah worked on numerous projects and legislative initiatives, eventually working on healthcare and telecommunications issues with the Energy and Commerce Committee. In 2010, as the 112th Congress was sworn-in, Sarah provided an integral role in the office of Congressman Marlin Stutzman (R-IN), serving as the Congressman’s Senior Advisor. She has also worked for the National Association of Broadcasters where she was responsible for working with the President and CEO and the NAB Board on numerous projects and initiatives.