Oral Health
Section Newsletter
Fall 2009

Chair's Message

Hello, again, from your Section Chair.

I hope you’ve had a good Summer and you are, like the economy, feeling signs of recovery and stimulation. It remains a very active time at the national and state levels in public health, and I encourage you to stay active in APHA and the Oral Health Section. Thanks to our Editor, Jay Friedman, for this informative and interesting Newsletter issue.

Annual meeting: I am looking forward to seeing those of you attending our next Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Nov. 7-11, 2009. David Cappelli and the Program Planning Committee have developed an engaging and informative program that’s not to be missed. Thanks to David and all who have helped in creating a wonderful scientific program. The program and activities are displayed later in this Newsletter as well as online at the APHA Web site. If you haven’t registered yet, please join us! I especially invite you to attend the Knutson and Jong Award ceremony and Oral Health Section Dinner on Monday night, and the Oral Health Reception and Section Business Meeting (our general Section business meeting for all members) on Tuesday evening. These are great opportunities to meet your fellow Section members and learn more about the Section’s activities. The Section leadership will also be meeting on Sunday morning; this meeting is open to Section members, but the focus is more on the business and planning decisions of the Officers and Section Council. While at the Annual Meeting, please visit the Oral Health Section booth (or even better help staff it). New this year is a Scavenger Hunt, organized to encourage more attendees to visit the booths of the various APHA Sections.

Elections: Congratulations to our new officers ― Governing Councilor Woosung Song and Section Councilors Kathy Lituri and Gina Thornton-Evans ― who will begin their terms at the end of the November Meeting. We wish you well in your new role and look forward to your contributions to the Section and to APHA. Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote and to those who agreed to run. We’ll be seeking candidates for the next round of elections soon, so if you are interested in running, please contact Howard Pollick or myself.

Health Reform: Health reform continues to be the hot domestic issue of the year. I hope you have acted on my pleas to become ― and remain ― engaged in the process. This is a historic opportunity to strengthen public health and oral health capacity, as well as the overall health system. Your voice, and that of your family, friends, colleagues, and students, can help keep both public health and oral health in the legislative package.

Healthy People: HP2020 regional meetings to comment on draft HP2020 objectives are scheduled for: Kansas City, Kan., Oct. 22; Philadelphia, Nov. 7; Seattle, Nove. 20. Draft Objectives should be released prior to the Oct. 22 meeting. We will continue to work with a group of dental organizations coordinated by ASTDD to ensure that the voice of oral health is heard. If you plan to attend one of the meetings, please let me know. There should be an opportunity to comment online as well, as the process moves forward. See this link for information: http://www.healthypeople.gov/hp2020/regional/default.asp .

Policy promotion: As was mentioned in the last Newsletter, the Section leadership has been active in promoting some of APHA’s policies related to oral health. Most of the efforts have focused on our policy opposing prophylactic removal of third molars and the policy supporting dental therapists. Our work in promoting APHA’s policy on dental therapists in Minnesota was recently reported in The Nation’s Health September 2009 issue (see Items of Interest below for link). The Oral Health Section assisted Amos Deinard, chair of the Oral Health Section Policy Committee, in writing to about 30 members of the Minnesota State Senate concerning legislation to authorize training of mid-level dental practitioners ― Dental Therapists or Oral Health Practitioners. The letters supported the evidence-based position that a two-year training program for therapists would be sufficient and that such training does not have to be based in a dental school. We will continue to promote evidence-based policies in the arena of oral health.


Welcome to new members: For those of you new to the Oral Health Section, we welcome your involvement in Section’s activities, whether on a committee or by running for an office. And for those who have already served in a leadership capacity, give some thought to getting involved again. We would welcome your help on the Membership Committee, Policy Committee, to help staff the Section booth at the Annual Meeting, to contribute to the newsletter, and to help manage our Web site. We depend on Section volunteers to carry on the bulk of the Section’s business. Feel free to contact me or any member of the Section leadership.

Finally, APHA, like other associations, has suffered in this economic downturn. Please consider recruiting a member within your professional sphere and/or giving a donation to APHA this year.

Hope to see you in Philly!

Editorial - Time for Change

From the Editor


Over 25 percent of the California population has untreated dental disease, which translates to nearly 10 million adults and children. There is an increasing shortage of dentists, particularly in rural communities and the inner cities of major metropolitan areas; also increasing is the number of adults without jobs, much less dental insurance. Hundreds of thousands of children are at risk of losing insurance under California's Healthy Families program due to the budget crisis.


The extent of the problem, the “tip of the iceberg,” was exposed this past August by the response to the eight-day free clinic in Los Angeles organized by Remote Area Medical, Inc., a charitable organization relying on volunteer health care providers. Thousands of adults and children showed up, many of whom were turned away for lack of capacity. According to RAM, 6,334 people registered. Of these, at least 3,182 were dental patients who received 2,274 extractions, 5,438 teeth saved [fillings], and 1,889 cleanings ― a $500,000 value. Sounds like a lot, but it is not even a drop in the bucket.


Much deserved praise was lavished on RAM and its volunteer doctors, nurses and technicians by those who received some basic care, and by the press, and by all those who feel good contributing to charity. Meanwhile, the vast majority, the millions of the poor and dentally neglected in California and throughout the United States, are still be in dire need of dental care. Charity is not a solution. It is hardly a band-aid. 


If we are really serious about addressing the oral health care needs of our population, what we need is not episodic charity, commendable as it is, but real, sustainable programs to provide on-going oral health care for our population. We need not reform but real change in our health care system. Single payer, which is singled out by liberals as the solution, is only the beginning. It would still pay fee-for-service that encourages overtreatment and outright fraud. Nonetheless, single payer universal health care administered by Medicare could save 20-25 percent in administrative costs; at least $400 billion (sic) of our $2 trillion health care expenditure. Perhaps an equivalent amount could be saved by eliminating unnecessary and ineffective treatment through improved health literacy and evidence-based practice.

Polls report that 60 percent of the public supports single payer, but 60 percent of our elected politicians do not. So much for representative democracy, which sometimes seems designed to protect the people from themselves. A good argument could be made that the United States is not a representative democracy but rather a representative oligarchy, e.g., an oligopoly. This would explain why a single payer health insurance system is “off the table” in Congress despite widespread public support. It would explain why the CEOs of commercial health insurance companies are paid millions in salaries, millions more in bonuses. It would explain why 46 million Americans (18 percent) have no health insurance, why many millions more are underinsured and nearly half the population, approximately 150 million people, have no dental insurance.

Time for a change? Yes ― to representative democracy.


Jay W. Friedman


Items of Interest

APHA Oral Health Section Supports dental therapists in Minnesota, as reported in the September 2009 issue of The Nation's Health. The Minnesota law "calls for a four-year baccalaureate program to train dental therapists and establishes a two-year master’s program for advanced dental therapists, among other requirements and restrictions." As Scott Presson explained, our Section advocates "a two-year training program modeled after a dental therapist program that has been operating successfully in New Zealand for more than 75 years....But it is a big step for one state to take and we hope other states will take a look at it as a way to address the access issue, particularly among the under-served."      Click here for the complete article in The Nation's Health.

No Proof for Filling Baby Teeth
"...anecdotal evidence...by Manchester University researchers suggests filling baby teeth may not offer significant benefits....found no difference in the numbers of extractions for pain or infection whether baby teeth had been filled or not....[a] full trial will run for four years across England, Scotland and Wales, with a feasibility study starting in the coming months."
From: BBC News. Click here for the complete article.

Editor's note: This may be hard to swallow, so read the full article before reacting viscerally.

Combatting Tobacco Use in Military and Veteran Populations

"Since the 1960s, tobacco use has declined in the United States, including the military, but rates of smoking remain higher in the military than in the general population. In 2005, 32 percent of active-duty military personnel and 22 percent of all veterans smoked, compared with just over 20 percent of the U.S. adult population. The prevalence of smoking is over 50 percent higher in military personnel who have been deployed than in those who have not, and an increasing number of service members use smokeless tobacco."   For Free Executive Summary go to:  www.nap.edu/catalog/12632.html

Editor's Note: Another war we're losing.

Another First for Minnesota
The state “eliminates live patient exams for dental licensure, adopting the National Dental Examining Board (NDEB) of Canada's two-part exam, which comprises a written test and a nonpatient-based Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), to its 2010 graduates next spring.” Kathy Kincaid, Editor, DrBicuspid.com. Click here for the complete article. 

 Paradigm Shift in Britain's NHS dental program 
"...dentists in the U.K. may be paid by the number of patients they care for and the quality of that care rather than how many procedures they perform, if recommendations from a new review of the NHS dental system become reality....The end result...could be a paradigm shift in NHS dentistry, away from the current fee-for-service system toward a more long-term, patient-centric approach."
 (From DrBicuspid.com)  Click here  for the complete article.

Increasing Capacity by Increasing Recall Intervals

Selected words of wisdom from Howard Bailit*


“… the basic problem in dentistry is the … under-served populations do not have the personal financial means to purchase services ….Even those covered have difficulty getting treatment because of low Medicaid reimbursement rates…. just increasing the number of dentists or midlevel professionals will not solve the disparities problem.…The debate about a new type of oral health professional needs to end….dental therapists will become part of the dental workforce, [but] it will take 10 years or more to produce the numbers to significantly affect the child access problem….Many…patients can be seen at intervals longer than the conventional 6 months with minimal health risks. By changing visit intervals, practices can treat more new patients…. productivity of dentists can be substantially increased….the current dental delivery system has the capacity to care for several million more children from low-income families.….Underserved populations do not have to wait until dental therapists are available.”


*From the recently released  IOM report on The U.S. Oral Health Workforce in the Coming Decade: Workshop Summary. (p. 98-99)  [Available at http://www.nap.edu/catalog/12669.html. (Download free PDF)]


Editor’s comment: The IOM report is long on stating the problem of access and the provision of adequate care to the “under-served.” It has a good section on dental therapists in other countries and in Alaska. But the report is short on specific recommendations. Howard’s suggestion that the capacity of the dental delivery system could be increased significantly by eliminating the 6-monthly exam/visit (as long advocated by Aubrey Sheiham and yours truly), as well as worthless prophys, radiographs, and other FUN (functionally unnecessary) procedures is commendable.

    How to change the mindset of the practicing profession? How to change the patterns of practice? Reason alone, i.e., evidence-based practice, will not do it. If the dental insurance industry, including Medicaid, adopted a policy of covering only an annual exam and prophylaxis ― documented emergencies and periodontal disease excepted ― the capacity of the work force to treat more patients would be automatically expanded. Of course, this would only work if the “financial means to purchase services” is provided for those who otherwise cannot access oral health care.

    Millions more children from low-income families will not be cared for without resolving the geographic maldistribution of the oral health work force, eliminating the social barriers, and accommodating to the non-ambulatory characteristic of children. For this, we need not only evidence-based practicing dentists and hygienists who can treat more patients, but also dental therapists for those they cannot or will not treat.      


AJPH Author of the Year

The editors of the American Journal of Public Health have selected Jay W. Friedman as Author of the Year for his paper, The Prophylactic Extraction of Third Molars: A Public Health Hazard, published in the September 2007 issue. (Am J Public Health. 2007;97:1554-1559).* The reason for the two-year delay in recognition is to allow sufficient time to have passed in order to gauge the effectiveness in advancing, "a given health policy or program by persuading readers to think differently about a topic."


The announcement of the award along with commentaries will be published in the November 2009 online issue of AJPH that celebrates the APHA annual meeting.


*Requst a copy of this paper and the APHA policy opposing prophylactic removal of third molars from drjfriedman@sbcglobal.net.

2009 John W. Knutson Distinguished Service Award

The 2009 John W. Knutson Distinguished Service Award
in Dental Public Health

John W. Knutson was the first dentist to be president of APHA. He made seminal contributions to the understanding and implementation of the roles of dental health and dentistry in public health.

The APHA Oral Health Section is pleased to announce the 2009 John W. Knutson Award to R. Gary Rozier, DDS, MPH. The award will be presented at the APHA 137th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Philadelphia, at the Oral Health Awards Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

R. Gary Rozier, DDS, MPH, received both his dental and public health degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served two years as a dental officer in the Army and a year in private practice. In 1976, he completed a Dental Public Health Residency Program through the Department of Environment Health and Natural Resources at Raleigh, N.C., in 1976. In that same year he initiated his academic career.

Gary’s commitment to dental pubic health became apparent with his involvement in the first comprehensive survey of oral health and work force issues in North Carolina. He has continued to contribute to the field through his publications on manpower needs, epidemiology, preventive services and access to care.

His expertise in dental public health is recognized through his role as an investigator or consultant for 35 grants and contracts. He is the author and coauthor of over 120 peer-reviewed articles. In addition, he has published books, book chapters, monographs, editorials, reports, commentaries and other scientific writings. He has served on many committees and panels for dental professional and public health organizations, private and public foundations, national research programs, and other entities. He has been an editor and reviewer for journals of dentistry, dental public health, dental education, and other health-related disciplines, and served as president of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry in 1990. He contributed to the section on community oral health services of the 2000 Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health. His past editorship of the Journal of Public Health Dentistry demonstrated his high standards and enthusiasm for dental public health.
Receiving over 20 awards and honors himself, Gary has mentored and preceptored students who have won awards from dental, public health and research organizations at the state, national and international levels. He has been an active member of APHA, participating in policy workshops and advising on review panels.

One of his colleagues wrote: "Gary is a dedicated and exceptionally effective public health advocate who has distinguished himself in dental public health not only in the State of  North Carolina but also throughout the U.S….Gary rarely says ‘no’ when prevailed upon to undertake additional tasks in dental public health and we can always count on an excellent product….”  It is our pleasure to honor Dr. Rozier with the APHA  Oral Health Section 2009 John W. Knutson Distinguished Service Award in Dental Public Health.

About the Award
The John W. Knutson Distinguished Service Award has been presented each year since 1982 to honor an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to improve oral health in the United States. Its recipients have demonstrated sustained and exemplary accomplishments in the field of dental public health. An award of $1,500 is provided by Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals of the Colgate-Palmolive Company. An inscribed silver tray commemorating the occasion is presented by members of the APHA Oral Health Section.

Previous Recipients of the John W Knutson Distinguished Service Award

John Rossetti                     2008

Brian Burt                          2007

John Brown                        2006

James Cecil                        2005

Charles Gish                       2004

Dushanka Kleinman              2003

Esther Colchamiro               2002

Robert Mecklenburg             2001

Alice Horowitz                    2000

Viron Diefenbach                 1999

Myron Allukian                    1998

John Greene                       1997

Dennis Leverett                  1996

Naham Cons                       1995

Herschel Horowitz               1994

Carl Sebelius                      1993

Clifton Dummet                   1992

Philip Blackerby                   1991

Max Schoen                       1990

John Frankel                       1989

William Jordan                     1988

Martha Fales                      1987

Walter Pelton                      1986

Donald Gallagan                   1985

David Striffler                      1984

James Dunning                     1983

David Ast                            1982
















The members of the 2009 APHA Oral Health Section Awards Committee were:
Charla Lautar (Chair)
Larry Hill
Jane Steffensen
Jane Weintraub
John Rossetti


2009 Anthony Westwater Jong Award

The Anthony Westwater Jong

Memorial Community Dental Health Student Award


Established in 2006 in memory of the late Anthony Westwater Jong in recognition of his commitment to community-based dental public health, his strong and highly acclaimed mentoring of students, and his emphasis on the importance of state, local and community based public health action.


The Oral Health Section will present the 4th annual Anthony Westwater Jong award to Matthew A. Swan at the APHA 137th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Philadelphia, at the Oral Health Awards Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, 6:30-8:00 p.m.


Matthew A. Swan

A senior student at the School of Dentistry, University of California, San Francisco, Matt has a profound interest in improving the oral health of Latino children. Prior to dental school, Matt spent two years in Mexico. He speaks Spanish fluently. His project is a community-based dental public health study of Latino farm worker fathers and their knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding their children’s oral health.  Matt has overseen this project from its inception to the creation of a manuscript that he is submitting for publication. It would be the first article to contribute knowledge about what Latino fathers know and do with respect to their children’s oral hygiene.  Matt originated the idea for this project under the direction of Dr. Judith Barker, who was doing related work with Latino mothers in the same town of Mendota, California. Knowing that Latino fathers are very influential in family decision-making, Matt found it interesting that not a single study had focused on Latino fathers and their understanding of oral hygiene. He recruited participants into the study and obtained written informed consent. As he states: “Mostly likely because of gender concordance between interviewer and interviewee, the fathers were very easily approached and openly shared their experiences.”


In addition to his research, Matt’s scholarship and leadership has been recognized with awards by a variety of organizations including the Osher Scholarship, the Tylenol Scholarship, and the Academy of LDS Dentists Scholarship. Matt currently serves as Class 2010 Vice-President, the Children’s Health Hut Dental School Coordinator, the Elders Quorum President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the President, UCSF Chapter, Academy of LDS Dentists. Matt’s community involvement includes the coordination of 12 local health fairs for children and their families in the San Francisco area and continued participation in UCSF’s 2007-2009 Give Kids a Smile program where he provided oral screenings, prophys and sealants. Matt’s other interests include golf, basketball, tennis, guitar, singing and reading.


About the Jong Award


The Pre-Professional Award, sponsored by Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals, Inc., recognizes an outstanding community-based research or service project of an oral health nature carried out by a pre-doctoral dental student, or a dentist who has graduated within the preceding 12 months from an ADA-accredited dental school, or a dental hygiene student, or a hygienist who has graduated from an accredited school of dental hygiene in the United States within the preceding 12 months. The application of community-based dental public health principles to the design of the project must be clear. Up to two Pre-Professional Awards will be granted each year.


The recipients will receive: a $200 cash award, a copy of Jong's Community Dental Health, 5th Edition, a one-year membership in the APHA Oral Health Section, the registration fee to attend the APHA Annual Meeting, a plaque to be presented at the Oral Health Section Awards Ceremony, and two tickets to attend the Oral Health Section Reception Dinner following the award ceremony.


Tax-deductible contributions can be made to The Anthony Westwater Jong Community Dental Health Student Awards Enrichment Fund at APHA. These funds will be used to supplement and enhance the Pre-Professional Award sponsored by the Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals and the Post-professional Award sponsored by OMNI Preventive Care, a 3M ESPE Company in a manner that is consistent with donor intent, time period, and event activities and within the guidelines established by the Awards Committee. APHA is a 501 (c)(3) organization. Contributions to the fund are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. The APHA Federal ID# is 13-1628688. The fund will not be used to cover the costs associated with the solicitation of nominees, the announcement of awardees, the expenses incurred by the Awards Committee, or to fund an event, reception, or dinner for the presentation of the awards, or for the costs of items not included in the award packages unless otherwise specified by donor intent.


Checks should be made payable to:

APHA OH Section- Jong Account # 328060

Mail to:

The Anthony Westwater Jong Community Dental Health

Student Awards Enrichment Fund at APHA

c/o Natasha Williams

American Public Health Association,

800 I Street, NW Washington, DC 20001

APHA Announcements

APHA Career Guidance Center

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APHA Press

Three books in production of interest to epidemiologists and other health professionals that will be available at the Annual Meeting:

Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Control, 3rd Edition, by Patrick Remington, Ross Brownson and Mark Wegner;

Ethics in Epidemiology and Public Health Practice, 2nd Edition, by Steven S. Coughlin;

Case Studies in Public Health Ethics, 2nd Edition, by Steven S. Coughlin.



Oral Health Section Dinner





    When, Where & What





When:  Monday, Nov. 9, 2009

Dinner will start around 8:15 p.m., after the Awards Ceremony
Cost: $55 per person, includes food, tax, tip.

Seating is limited to 60 and going fast.

Please RSVP to Kathy Lituri at lituri@bu.edu or (339) 222-8917.

Where:  Please visit booth for exact location information


Family style Dinner Menu:

Salad: Spanakopita and Romaine

Choice of Plated Entree: (You can decide in advance or that


A. Lavraki (Whole grilled European sea bass served off  

    the bone with ladolemeno, capers, chopped parsley and

     sautied horta);

B.  Wild Atlantic Salmon (Grilled wild atlantic salmon

     served with sauteed horta, ladolemeno, and capers);

C.  Kotopoulo (Organic chicken roasted served over

     caramelized onion and yogurt orzo with a lemon thyme


D. Vegetarian Option.

Dessert: Karidopita (Ground walnuts are the base for this

          traditional Greek cake which is finished with a Greek

          honey syrup and served with slices of fruit).

Drinks: Coffee,Tea, Fluoridated Tap Water

           (other drinks may be purchased)


Oral Health Section Program Summary


137th Annual Meeting

Nov. 8-11, 2009



Oral Health Section Program Summary

The OH Section program is online at:



The Oral Health Section thanks

Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and LCI, Inc.

for their generous support.


Location: All Scientific Sessions sponsored by the Oral Health Section will be held at the Loews Regency Hotel (Loews), 1200 Market Street.

Local Arrangements:  Please see Local Arrangements in this newsletter for more detailed information about the Monday night dinner following the Award ceremony.  

Exhibit/OH Booth #127 ― Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC)

Hours: Sun: 2:30-7, Mon: 9:30-5:30, Tue: 9:30-5:30, Wed: 9-12:30


Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009

8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

205.0  Oral Health Section Executive Committee Business 

 Meeting I

12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. ― APHA Opening General Session:

        Keynote Speaker:  Céline Cousteau     PCC

2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

250.0  Oral Health Section Executive Committee Business Mtg II

4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

2073.0  Oral Health Poster Session I (Poster)  

2074.0  Oral Health Poster Session II (Poster)

2075.0  Oral Health Poster Session III (Poster)

    Moderator:  Marcia Ditmyer

Monday, November 06, 2006

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

3090.0  Oral Health Poster Session I (Poster)

3091.0  Oral Health Poster Session II (Poster)

3092.0  Oral Health Poster Session III (Poster)

    Moderator:  Marcia Ditmyer

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

3244.0  Service-Learning, Workforce & Social Cultural Determinants of Oral Health

    Moderator:  Magda De la Torre 

2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

3350.0  The Health Home: Origins and Current Developments

    Moderator:  Amos Deinard 

4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.  (Please note: there are two (2) sessions at

                                  this time)

3430.0  IOM Oral Health Workforce Report and the Access


    Moderator:  Myron Allukian

3441.1  Setting the Stage for Multi-disciplinary Diabetes Care: Obstacles and Opportunities (jointly organized by the Vision Care, Oral Health and Podiatric Health sections)

6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

343.0  Oral Health Awards Ceremony  

8:15 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.

Oral Health Section Dinner― RSVP required ― $55.00 per person

(See Section Dinner Announcement Below)

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009

8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

4054.0  Essential Public Health Service: Community Water Fluoridation Programs

    Moderator:  Howard Pollick

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

4123.0  Strategies to Implement the HP 2020 Framework: A State and Local Perspective

    Moderator: Gina Thornton-Evans

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

4221.0  Models for Increasing Access to Oral Health Care for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS

    Moderator:  Kathy Lituri

2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

4312.0  Communicating with Patients: Oral Health Literacy Surveys of Dental Schools and Dental Team Members

    Moderator:  Gary Podschun

4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

4385.0  Building State Oral Health Capacity: Perspectives on 


    Moderator:  Scott Presson   

6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

          422.0  Oral Health Reception


7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

445.0  Oral Health Section General Business Meeting 



[Stay tuned for info on the Myron Allukian

Flying Dance Contest]


Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009

8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.  (Please note: there are two (2) sessions at this time)

5061.0  Oral Health - What Matters for Women and Children (co-sponsored with MCH)

5071.0  Improving Access to Oral Health Services

    Moderator:  Moncy Mathew

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

5179.0  Building the Science: Oral-Systemic Linkages     

    Moderator:  David Cappelli

4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. APHA Closing General Session.

Generation Public Health: Becoming a Healthier Nation
A Panel Discussion - Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Other Programs & Boards of Interest

Other Programs & Boards of Interest


Monday, Nov. 9, 2009:

10:30 a.m. Session:  3086.0 Student Achievement Poster Award Track: Board 3 Relationship between municipal water fluoridation and preterm birth in Upstate New York. http://apha.confex.com/apha/137am/webprogram/Paper197468.html

10:30 a.m. Session 3152.0 Water, Public Health, & Health Promotion (Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section).

10:30 a,m. Water Fluoridation Prevalence and Occurrence. http://apha.confex.com/apha/137am/webprogram/Paper206565.html

4:30 p.m. Session 3369.0 Tobacco: Injury & harm, prevention & policy (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Section). http://apha.confex.com/apha/137am/webprogram/Session27659.html

Board 5 Dentists' tobacco control attitudes, behaviors and barriers. http://apha.confex.com/apha/137am/webprogram/Paper208846.html


Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009:

12:30 p.m. Session 4204.0 How Health Administrators Manage Water Quality, Water Availability, Fluoridation, and Water Contamination (Health Administration Section)

12:30 p.m. Session 4148.0 Health care professionals' roles in tobacco cessation (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Section) http://apha.confex.com/apha/137am/webprogram/Session27634.html

12:50 p.m. Legal challenges to fluoridation of drinking water: Lessons for public health practice.http://apha.confex.com/apha/137am/webprogram/Paper192461.html

Board 5 Translating tobacco treatment guidelines into dental settings. http://apha.confex.com/apha/137am/webprogram/Paper204685.html

Board 6 Dentists' perceptions of counseling methods of tobacco cessation program in dental settings: A preliminary results on study conducted in Iran. http://apha.confex.com/apha/137am/webprogram/Paper204470.html

2:30 p.m. Session 4246.0 Health Planning and Promotion: Poster Session (Community Health Planning and Policy Development Section) http://apha.confex.com/apha/137am/webprogram/Session27719.html

Board 6 Grant-funding the prevention of childhood tooth decay through community water fluoridation: Challenges and opportunities. Conrado E. Barzaga, MD http://apha.confex.com/apha/137am/webprogram/Paper199146.html

Board 8 Philanthropic Strategies to Reduce and Prevent Health Disparities. Paul Hepfer http://apha.confex.com/apha/137am/webprogram/Paper201078.html

2:30 p.m. Session 4297.0 Water Management through Multi-disciplinary Collaborations ---- Lessons from Philadelphia's History and Current International Outreach (International Health Section) http://apha.confex.com/apha/137am/webprogram/Session27017.html

2:30 p.m. Philadelphia's Water: Three hundred years of adapting to environmental opportunities and challenges. http://apha.confex.com/apha/137am/webprogram/Paper211842.html


Volunteers Needed to Staff the Booth

Dear Oral Health Section Members:

We’re look forward to seeing you at the upcoming APHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

And on that note, it's time again to start the booth staffing process. Please consider taking a shift or two. Get a friend to join you!

It’s easy ― just select a time slot or slots from the list below and E-mail your selection to me at: Lynn.Bethel@state.ma.us or Telephone: (617) 624-6074

The time slots <      > are structured in a manner that is conducive to the Oral Health Section program schedule.

Sunday, Nov. 8                    Booth #127

<12:00-2:30 p.m.> (Set-up the booth) <2:30-4:00> (Open the Booth) <4:00-5:30>

<5:30-7:00 (New Connections Reception/Exhibition Hall)>

Monday, Nov. 9                   Booth #127

<9:30-10:45> <10:45-12:15> <12:15-2:15> <2:15-4:15>


Tuesday, Nov. 10                  Booth #127

<9:30-10:45> <10:45-12:15> <12:15-2:15> <2:15-4:15>


Wednesday, Nov. 11            Booth #127

<9:00-10:45> <10:45-12:30> (Close the booth)


Lynn A. Bethel, RDH, MPH

Director, Office of Oral Health

Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston, MA  02108