Oral Health
Section Newsletter
Fall 2011

Chair's Message

Greetings, from your Section Chairs:  


These are challenging times for public health and oral public health, whether in the local, state, academic or national setting. Speak up and speak out to let decision makers know the value public health efforts bring to improving oral health. We encourage you to stay active in APHA and the Oral Health Section; we can be part of a larger voice. Thanks to our Editor, Jay W. Friedman, for this informative and interesting Newsletter issue.


Annual Meeting: We are looking forward to seeing those of you attending our next Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2011. Kathy Lituri and the Program Planning Committee have developed an engaging and informative program that is simply outstanding. Thanks to Kathy and all who have helped in creating a superb scientific program. The program and activities are displayed later in this Newsletter as well as online at the APHA website.

    If you haven’t registered yet, please join us! We especially invite you to attend the Knutson and Jong Awards ceremony and Oral Health Section Dinner on Monday night, and the Oral Health 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 and, even better, help staff it. See the notice below in the Newsletter on volunteering to staff the booth.


Awards: During the Awards Ceremony Monday, Oct. 31, we will be presenting several awards. Robert Isman, DDS, MPH, will receive the 2011 John W. Knutson Distinguished Service Award in Dental Public Health. Well deserved, Bob! Kaitlin E. Jennison (UCSF) and Charlene Rocha (UCSF) will receive the 2011 Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Health Pre-Professional Award. Dr. Sanket R. Nagarkar (BDS, MPH) and Catherine A. Maybury (MPH U of Maryland) will receive the 2011 Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Health Post-Professional Award. Our congratulations to these outstanding awardees. In-depth coverage of the awards will be published in our next Newsletter. We would also like to thank all the students (and mentors who worked with them) who submitted award nominations. It was the most competitive year we have had and made for a difficult decision by the Awards Committee.


Elections: Congratulations to our new officers who will begin their terms at the end of the October-November Annual Meeting: Governing Councilor – Howard Pollick, and Section Councilors – Susan Cote and Peggy Timothe. We wish you well in your new roles 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. If you are interested in running, please contact me at: spresson@bellsouth.net.


Policy: The Section leadership continues to be active in participating in APHA’s policy process. Lynn Bethel, our Action Board representative, and Amos Deinard, chair-elect andcChair of the Oral Health Section Policy Committee, led our effort to review policies for possible archiving and proposed policies to be considered by this year’s Governing Council. We will continue to develop and promote evidence-based policies in the arena of oral health.


Get Involved: We need you to be more active in the Oral Health Section, whether on a committee or by running for an office. For those who have already served in a leadership capacity, strongly consider reengaging with old friends and colleagues. We welcome your help on the Program Planning Committee, Membership Committee, Awards Committees, Policy Committee, to coordinate and help staff the Section booth at the Annual Meeting, to contribute to the Newsletter and to help manage our website. 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.


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.

Scott Presson

Immediate Past Chair

Welcome New OH Section Members

We are pleased to introduce our 11 new members from across the country. Welcome aboard!


                        New Member             Designation               State

                   Andrea Beall                      MS                  CT

                   Marilyn Brown-Anderson      DMD                KY

                   Annelise Driscoll                 PhD                  FL

                   Kris Drummond                   DDS, MPH          OH

                   Michael Easley,                  DDS MPH           FL

                   Aaron Fisher                      RDH, BSDH         AZ

                   Hannah Maxey                   MPH                  IN

                   Jennie Pinkwater                                        IL

                   Gary Rozier                        DDS, MPH          NC

                   Brittany Seymour                DDS                  MA

                   Christina Smith                                          OH



Please welcome aboard any of our newest members if you know them!

It is always a privilege to have new members join our Oral Health Section, especially with the broadening of health issues today. 

We look forward to seeing our new members at our annual 139th conference in 2011 in Washington, D.C., Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, Healthy Communities Promote Healthy Minds & Bodies. If any current member or new member would like to become involved in our activities, please feel free to do so. We are always open to new opinions, your involvement, and sharing of your expertise in our oral public health pursuits. 

Sandie Nagel Beebe, RDH, PhD

APHA Oral Health Membership Chair


Editorial - Kudos to W.W. Kellogg Foundation

The recently released Institute of Medicine Report, Improving Oral Health Access for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations,* calls for “more research” to evaluate dental therapists even as it acknowledges the quality and acceptability of their care in Alaska and other countries. More research will not improve access. Quite the contrary, it is a delaying tactic adopted by organized dentistry that diminishes the relevance of the Report.  

By contrast, the W.W. Kellogg Foundation’s Statement of Support** for the Report ignores the recommendation for more research and unequivocally supports implementation now:

    Expanding the dental workforce can increase access to oral health, and help improve oral health, especially for those who currently go without much-needed care. In Alaska, 35,000 people are now receiving dental care as a result of adding dental therapists to a dentist-led team….

    Today, communities in Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Vermont and Washington are working to add dental therapists to the oral health workforce to extend the reach of the dental team to provide care in places where there aren't enough dentists to meet the need….

    In addition to the Alaska program, the first class of dental therapists in Minnesota is going into the field now, and Oregon recently passed legislation allowing for midlevel provider model demonstration projects. About a dozen other states also have expressed interest in pursuing this innovative model….

    According to federal estimates, the U.S. needs 9,933 new dentists to fill the current gap in care. The IOM report notes that under the Affordable Care Act, state insurance exchanges will be required to provide oral health coverage for children beginning in 2014, further straining the system. Clearly new providers must be added to the system.


*[(IOM) Institute of Medicine and (NRC) National Research Council. 2011. Improving access to oral health care for vulnerable and underserved populations. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. For Summary and to obtain free pdf download.


**  See: http://www.wkkf.org/news/Articles/2011/07/Statement-of-Support-New-Institute-of-medicine.aspx

Jay W Friedman, Editor


Volunteers Need to Staff OH Booth

Dear Oral Health Section Members:

We’re look forward to seeing you at the upcoming APHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

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!  We will again be located in the APHA upgraded exhibit space in a more prominent area. 

It’s easy ― just select a time slot or slots from the list below and email your selection to me at: Josefine Wolfe <josefine.wolfe@sanantonio.gov>

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

Sunday, Oct. 30        Booth #5078

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

Monday, Oct. 31        Booth #5078

<9:30-10:45> <10:45-12:15> <12:15-2:15> <2:15-4:15> <4:15-5:30>

Tuesday, Nov. 1         Booth #5078

<9:30-10:45> <10:45-12:15> <12:15-2:15> <2:15-4:15> <4:15-5:30>

Wednesday, Nov. 2   Booth #5078

<8:30-10:45> <10:45-12:30> (Close the booth)


Josefine Wolfe

Oral Health Section Student Assembly Liaison

2011 OH Section Booth Coordinator

OH Section Dinner

Come Join Us!



     When, Where & What




When:  Monday, Oct. 31, 2011

Dinner will start around 8:15 p.m., after the Awards Ceremony
Cost: $42 per person, includes food, tax, tip.

Please RSVP to Natalie Hagel at Natalie.Hagel@tufts.edu or (617) 636-3968.

If you plan to attend, please make your reservation now by letting Natalie know and send a check for $42 per person.

Make checks out to: APHA Oral Health Section Enrichment Account #328079.

Also indicate your entrée choice.

Send check and choice to:

Natalie Hagel, RDH, MS

3 Myrna Street

Burlington, MA 01803


Please respond no later than Oct. 20. 


Where:  Thunder Grill, 50 Massachusetts Ave Washington D.C. (located at Union Station)


What - The Dinner Menu:

Appetizer :House Salad or Corn and Clam Chowder

Entrée (please choose one)

  Duet of Grilled Chicken Breast and Skirt Steak (served with rice and vegetables)

  Filet of Salmon (served with rice and vegetables)

  Vegetarian option: Penne pasta with portobello mushroom

Dessert:  Sorbet

Drinks: Coffee and Tea included (other drinks may be purchased)


Alice's Annual Meeting Open House



Open House for

Oral Health Section Members

Food and Libations


 Alice's place




Time:    From 6:30 to 10 p.m. 

Date:  Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011

Place: 4501 Walsh Street, Chevy Chase, MD 20817


What can I bring?  BYOB (Bring Your Own Beverages), i.e., wine, beer and/or soft drinks would be great.


How do I get there? 


Ø       METRO Redline / Bethesda Station stop / 4 block walk to house.

o        Walking Directions from Bethesda Station:  Take elevator on your left after passing through turnstile. When you reach ground level you will be on Wisconsin Ave. Walk RIGHT crossing: Montgomery Ave, Hampden Lane, Elm St, Bethesda Ave. When you reach Leland St. cross to the other side of Wisconsin. Stay on Wisconsin one block to Walsh. Take a left on Walsh, 4501 is the 2nd house on the LEFT. It is a 10 minute walk.


Ø       Taxi: If you decide to take a taxi from the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel area of D.C., (1000 H Street NW), it’s about an 8 mile/25 minute trip according to Mapquest. The Grand Hyatt Washington is the location for the Oral Health Section’s sessions.


Ø       For those of you with cars: Parking is available, use Mapquest for directions!


Smoke free and shoe free….so watch your socks!




OH Sessions at Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.


138th Annual Meeting

Oct. 29 – Nov. 2, 2011

Washington, D.C.

The OH Section program is online at:


 [Special thanks to K. Lituri, RDH, MPH, Program Planner]

SUNDAY, OCT. 30, 2011: 8:00 a.m.

150.0 Business Meeting: Oral Health Section Leadership
Grand Hyatt

SUNDAY, OCT. 30, 2011: 2:30 p.m.

206.0 Business Meeting: Oral Health Section Leadership

MONDAY, OCT. 31, 2011: 6:30 p.m.

295.0 Oral Health Section Awards Ceremony
Grand Hyatt

TUESDAY, NOV. 1, 2011: 6:30 PM

(Please note change in time: The business meeting will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)

346.0 Business Meeting: Oral Health Section

SUNDAY, OCT. 30, 2011: 4:30 p.m. 

2079.0 Oral Health Issues Among Vulnerable Populations
Exhibit Hall D/E 

Moderator: K. Lituri, RDH, MPH

Board 1 — Prevention of Root Caries in Vulnerable Elders: A literature review R. Gluzman, DDS, MS; R. V. Katz, DMD, MPH, PhD; B. J. Frey, MA; R. McGowan, MLS

Board 2 — Breaking down the barriers: Increasing access to preventative oral health care for underinsured Latino children V. Mercado, MPH; E. Young, MPH; E. Eilkhani, MPH; D. King, MPH Candidate

Board 3 — Medical and oral health of working class residents of Providence Rhode Island O. Felemban, BDS; J. Boffa, DDS MPH; T. Scott, MPH

Board 4 — Cost-prohibitive dental care needs among Canadians C. Ramraj, MSc Candidate, BSc (Hons)

Board 5 — Oral health disparities in elementary school-aged children in the United States A. Scott, PhD; J. Yoon, PhD; R. Hotchkiss, PhD, MHSA

Board 6 — Self-reported oral cancer screening among Maryland men by race: Trends over time E. Steinberger, MD MS; J. Sorkin, MD, PhD; T. Kerns, MS; A. Viswanath, BDS, MSD; C. Groves, RN, MS; D. M. Dwyer, MD

Board 7 — Assessing Use of Dental Health Services by Young Adults in the US: Implications for National Morbidity and Mortality Rates W. Abara, MPH; A. Walker, MPH

Board 8 — Oral Health Status of Children Enrolling in Head Start Programs in Boston K. McManemin, MPH; K. Martirosyan, MD, MPH; J. Palladino, BSN; K. Lituri, RDH, MPH

Board 9 — Social determinants of self-perceived oral health in Colombia A. A. Agudelo-Suarez, PhD; E. Martinez; Y. Viñas-Sarmiento

Board 10 — Dentists Willingness and Comfort Level in Treating Children with Special Needs L. Jacob, DDS

2080.0 Oral-Systemic Health Linkages and the Impact of Behavior
Exhibit Hall D/E

Moderator: K. Lituri, RDH, MPH

Board 1 — HPV vaccine and oral cancer: Barriers to prevention among oral health providers E. Daley, PhD; R. DeBate, PhD, MPH, CHES; C. Wheldon, MSPH, MEd; V. J. Dodd, PhD, MPH; S. A. Smith, MPH; H. L. Helmy, MA, MPH; H. J. Fuhrmann, MA; C. Vamos, MPH; K. Dyer, MA, MPH

Board 2 — Development of a Cultural and Linguistic Competency E-Learning Program: An HHS Office of Minority Health Initiative G. Pacheco, MSW; C. G. Jacobs

Board 3 — Oral Health and Pregnancy A. Oswal, BDS, MPH(C); K. Patel, BDS, MPH(C); D. L. Shearer, DrPh; M. C. Nagy, PhD

Board 4 — Assessing Barriers to Community Pediatric Dental Needs S. Couture; E. Anson; A. Burley; K. Irving; S. Morris; D. Whitney; P. Fenimore; J. Jemison; J. K. Carney, MD MPH

Board 5 — A study of the relationship between dental caries and childhood obesity M. Bell, DDS; C. K. Chen, EDD; D. Grows, BS, Meharry Medical College

Board 6 — Multi-disciplinary approach to wellness in Rhode Island J. Boffa, DDS MPH; M. Schwager, MD; P. Sud, MD

Board 7 — Blood pressure and tobacco use screening: Overview of a pilot training program in Iowa dental practices B. Pendharkar, BDS, MS; C. A. Squier, PhD; N. Slach, RDH, Tobacco Treatment Specialist

Board 8 — Oral Health Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors among College Students S. E. Shive, PHD, MPH; A. Shanmugavel

Board 9 — Demonstrating the oral-systemic link for cardiovascular disease in Maine: Strong association found between spending and periodontal care K. E. Ladenheim, PhD, MSPH; M. I. Gradie, PhD; K. E. Perkins, MPA

Board 10 — Is “Meth-Mouth” a Misnomer? Examining other confounding variables associated with poor oral health of chronic methamphetamine users M. Shaik, BDS; F. Ibrahim, MD; S. Pugliese, RN, DDS

2081.0 Reducing Risk, Expanding Prevention, and Enhancing Oral Health Promotion
Exhibit Hall D/E

Moderator: K. Lituri, RDH, MPH

Board 1 — An evaluation of a School-Based Dental Health Clinic and review of literature A. Krusky, BS, RD; M. A. Valerio, PhD, MPH; A. Roffe, MPH

Board 2 — Should oral health promotion efforts be integrated into state tobacco quitline programs? A survey of callers to the Washington State Quitline K. Riggs, MSW; J. McClure, PhD; J. St. John, BS; S. Zbikowski, PhD; B. Cerutti, BA

Board 3 — Oral Health Education, PreventiveTreatment for the underserved in a medical settingPLUS outcomes L. Alvarez; S. Saucedo, MPH

Board 4 — Acceptability, feasibility and utilization of two automated formats for phone-based oral health education K. Hoeft, MPH; M. J. Gonzalez-Vargas, BA; Z. Roman, BA; C. Kavanagh, BA; J. Murray, RN; B. Heckman, RDH, MS; D. Schillinger, MD; M. Handley, PhD MPH; J. C. Barker, PhD; S. A. Gansky, MS, DrPH; M. M. Walsh, MS, EdD

Board 5 — Exploring oral health literacy messages among rural, low-Income mothers B. Braun, PhD; E. F. Maring, PhD; S. Mammen, PhD; Y. Sano, PhD; L. Aldoory, PhD

Board 6 — Cavity Free at Three: A Colorado based initiative to improve oral health in children K. Savoie, RDH, BS

Board 7 — Tracking behavioral change in community health center dental patients using the Solomon 4-Group Design M. Brown-Anderson, DMD, MPH; L. R. Gholston, DMD, MPH, MSD; D. Y. Appiah, MPH, CPH; J. Howard, MD, CMO PDCHC; L. Mayer, DMD, MS; B. L. Wainscott, MD, MPH

Board 9 — Effects of a Reminder Intervention for Dental Outpatients C. C. J. Cheng; S. M. Huang, Dentist; H. C. Shen, physician; Y. J. Hu

MONDAY, OCT. 31, 2011: 8:30 a.m.

3064.0 Addressing Oral Health Disparities to Improve Oral Health Equity for the Underserved
Grand Hyatt

Moderator: K. Lituri, RDH,

8:30 a.m. — Oral health and access to care among persons with a disability E. A. Courtney-Long, MA, MSPH; B. S. Armour, PhD; A. Cyrus, MPH

8:50 a.m. — Influence of Social Capital on US Children's Oral Health and Use of Dental Care H. Iida,
DDS, MPH; G. Rozier, DDS

9:10 a.m. — Oral health needs of persons living in the community with advanced HIV/AIDS V. H. Raveis, PhD; D. G. Karus, BA, MS; M. Carrero, MS; P. Selwyn, MD

9:30 a.m. — Effect of community water fluoridation on inequalities in oral health M. McGrady,
BDS, PG Dip; R. Ellwood, BDS, MSc, MDS, PhD; A. Maguire, BDS, FDS RCS (Ed), PhD, FHEA; D. Tabari, BDS, DDPH (FRCS); M. Goodwin, BSc, MSc; N. Boothman, BA (Hons), MPhil; I. Pretty, BDS(Hons), MSc, PhD, MFDSRCS (Ed), MPH, FDS(DPH)RCPS

MONDAY, OCT. 31, 2011: 10:30 a.m.

3102.0 Epidemiology of Oral Diseases and Trends in Oral Health
Exhibit Hall D/E

Moderator: K. Lituri, RDH, MPH

Board 1 — Trends in Caries Experience in Children in Nevada and the Effect of Water Fluoridation (2001 – 2010) M. M. Ditmyer, PhD, CHES; C. A. Demopoulos, DDS; C. Mobley, PhD, RD

Board 2 — County-level contextual factors related to dental care use for Medicaid-enrolled children with chronic health conditions: A multi-level analysis D. L. Chi, DDS, PhD; B. Leroux, PhD

Board 3 — TMJ Associated Pain: Baseline of the Osteoarthritis Initiative Study A. Chattopadhyay, PhD, FFPH-RCPUK, MPH, CPH, MDS, BDS, PGDHHM, PGDMLS, DipGlobalEthics, GCertID, GCertPHO, DipJourn, DcFM, MSASMS; A. Adams, PhD

Board 4 — Edentulism trends in the United States: 1996-2007 M. Adesanya, DDS, MPH; A. Adams, PhD; A. Chattopadhyay, PhD, MDS

Board 5 — Characteristics of Pediatric Patients Receiving In-Patient Dental Procedures in Children's and General Hospitals: An analysis of national data K. Hexem, MPH; C. Feudtner, MD PhD MPH; D. Dai, PhD; J. Kavanagh, BA; R. Lindemeyer, DMD; A. Pinto, DMD MPH

Board 6 — Contemporary profile of oral manifestations of HIV/AIDS and associated risk factors in a Southeastern US clinic I. Tami-Maury, DrPH, DMD, Msc; J. H. Willig, MD; S. Vermund, MD, PhD; P. Jolly, PhD, MPH; I. Aban, MS, PhD; J. Hill, DMD; C. Wilson, MD

Board 7 — Dental Caries Prevalence amongst Ruvuma School District Children, Songea; Tanzania, East Africa G. Shah, DDS,MPH

Board 8 — Dental Caries Prevalence amongst Gadhsisa School District Children, Kutch, India G. Shah, DDS,MPH

Board 9 — Pure juice consumption and ECC trends C. M. Vargas, DDS, PhD; B. A. Dye, DDS, MPH; D. Buckman, PhD; N. Tinanoff, DDS, MS

Board 10 — Evaluation of a Federally Qualified Health Center's (FQHC) oral health intervention program on preventable dental emergency department visits B. Smith-Campbell, PhD, RN; K. Anderson, MHS, RDH

3103.0 Expanding Workforce Models and Programs to Improve Oral Health
Exhibit Hall D/E

Moderator: K. Lituri, RDH, MPH

Board 1 — Integrating Oral Health Prevention into a Community-Based Program through Community-Academic Partnership S. Johnson, PhD; C. Hamilton; T. Newby, MSN, PhD; C. Okunseri, BDS, MSc

Board 2 — Preparing for the boom! Oral health literacy of health professionals in efforts to meet the oral health needs of older adults and aging “boomers” E. T. Jurkowski, MSW, PhD; C. J. Lautar, RDH, PhD

Board 3 — Maryland dentists' knowledge of oral cancer prevention and early detection C. Maybury, MPH

Board 4 — A trans-disciplinary approach to implement a fluoride varnish protocol in a community health setting A. Khan, DMD, MA; C. Porter, MPH; C. Shahram, BS; D. Q. Pham, MPH; P. Sridhar, BA; C. Culler, RDH, DrPH

Board 5 — Role of the Dentist and Dental Hygienist in Disaster, Pandemic, and Forensic Surge Support M. Colvard, DDS, MTS, MS, PhD(Cand)

Board 6 — State-wide expansion of oral health into the medical home in Maine S. Cote, RDH MS; B. Crowley, MD; C. Culler, RDH, DrPH; D. Deatrick, MPH; B. McCormick; D. Skog, MBA

Board 7 — Assessing Supply and Demand for Oral Health Services in Rural Southwest Virignia T. Wanchek, PhD, JD; T. Rephann, PhD; W. Shobe, PhD, JD

Board 8 — “First Tooth”: Preventing early childhood caries through medical and dental provider education and collaboration G. Empey, DMD, MPH

Board 9 — Improving Access to Oral Health and Dental Care for Underserved Populations with Grant Making C. Wilds, DrPH, MPH, MEd, CHES; A. Fapohunda, DrPH, MPH, MS

Board 10 — Creating a Community of Oral Health Care for Very Young Children S. Shed, MS; B. Vaughan, RDH; M. I. Gradie, PhD; E. Lichter, ScD; J. Feinstein, MSPH

3104.0 Oral Health Promotion: Programs and Policies
Exhibit Hall D/E

Moderator: K. Lituri, RDH, MPH

Board 1 — An Innovative Multi-Strategy Children's Oral Health Community Program in Ontario: A Program Planning and Evaluation Framework C. Vamos, PhD, MPH; J. Sinton, BDS, BMSc, DDPH

Board 2 — Impact of integrating medical and dental records on research, policy, and healthcare workforce S. Hester, PhD; W. A. Jones, MD, FAAFP

Board 3 — Chronic Disease in Urban Refugees: An Oral Health Pilot Study C. A. Orynich

Board 4 — Practitioner and practice-level predictors of participation in a study involving Implementation and effectiveness evaluation of alcohol screening and brief intervention techniques in dental practice J. A. Neff, PhD, MPH; A. L. Braitman, MS; M. Darby, MS, RDH; M. L. Kelley, PhD; J. F. Paulson, PhD; T. H. Brickhouse, DDS, PhD; J. C. Gunsolley, DDS, MS; S. T. Walters, PhD; M. M. Walsh, MS, EdD; M. Lemaster, MS; J. Dozier, MS; E. Waugh, BS

Board 5 — Oral Health Practices and Policies Among Family and Center-based Child Care Facilities J. Kim, ScD; J. E. Shim, PhD; J. Abdullh

Board 6 — Oral Health Policy Change Through Social Media in the State of Florida C. E. Fox, MD, MPH; D. Kerr, MA; C. Cabanzon, RDH; C. A. Serna, BDS,RDH,MPH

Board 7 — Establishing Accountability in the Dental Healthcare Industry to Promote Oral Health and Drive Utilization R. Kalra, MPH/MBA Candidate; F. Ferguson, DDS; N. Edelman, MD

Board 8 — Assuring Oral Health Programs and Essential Services: The Unique Role of the HHS Oral Health Coordinating Committee A. M. Lester, DDS, MPH; W. Bailey, DDS, MPH; R. Rollins, PhD, MPH

Board 9 — School Based Oral Health Program: Utilizing Data to Drive Policy, Program Planning and Funding Effort E. Finn, DDS,MS

MONDAY, OCT. 31, 2011: 12:30 p.m.

3258.0 Improving Access to Oral Health Services for Children through Successful School-Based Programs
Grand Hyatt
Organizer: K. Geurink,
Moderator: L. A. Bethel, RDH, MPH

12:30 p.m. — Components / Partnerships Crucial to Successful School- Based Oral Health Programs M. D. Bergren, DNS RN NCSN FNASN

12:50 p.m. — National Efforts to Increase Integration of Oral Health into School Health P. Vodicka, MS, RD

1:10 p.m. — School Based Health Centers Role in Improving Access to Oral Health for Children L. Brey

1:30 p.m. — New Hampshire School - Based Oral Health Program and Resources N. Martin, RDH, MS

MONDAY, OCT. 31, 2011: 2:30 p.m.

3368.0 Healthy Fluoridated Communities
Grand Hyatt
Organizer: H. F. Pollick, BDS, MPH
Discussant: H. F. Pollick, BDS, MPH
Moderator: H. F. Pollick, BDS, MPH

2:30 p.m. — Introduction and overview of the process of review J. N. Gracia, MD, MSCE

2:50 p.m. — Rationale for standardizing the recommended fluoridation level E. Beltrán, DMD, MPH, MS, DrPH

3:10 p.m. — Update of EPA Office of Water activities related to fluoride J. Donohue, PhD, RD

3:30 p.m. — Key messages to the public and stakeholders on fluoride in drinking water M. Jacob

MONDAY, OCT. 31, 2011: 4:30 p.m.

3447.0 Health Care Reform and Oral Health: What’s New?
Grand Hyatt
Organizer: M. Allukian, DDS, MPH
Moderator: M. Allukian, DDS, MPH

4:30 p.m. — USPHS and CDC Perspective W. D. Bailey, DDS, MPH

4:50 p.m. — Dental Education Perspective R. W. Valachovic, DMD MPH

5:10 p.m. — HRSA Perspective and the IOM Oral Health Reports T. Adirim, MD, MPH

TUESDAY, NOV. 1, 2011: 8:30 a.m.

4060.0 Building Capacity for Statewide Initiatives to Improve Health Literacy
Grand Hyatt
Organizer: G. D. Podschun
Moderator: G. D. Podschun

8:30 a.m. — Health Literacy Missouri A. Culbert, PhD

8:55 a.m. — Health Literacy
Maryland B. Braun, PhD

9:20 a.m. — Health Literacy
Minnesota A. Ellwood, MA, LMFT

TUESDAY, NOV. 1, 2011: 10:30 a.m.

4135.0 Improved Oral Health for the Older Adult: Recommendations and Approaches for National and State Action
Grand Hyatt
Organizer: S. M. Presson, DDS MPH
Moderator: S. M. Presson, DDS MPH

10:30 a.m. — Public health in an aging society: How can we improve the oral health of older adults? N. Pourat, PhD

10:50 a.m. — Coalition development to address the oral health of vulnerable older adults and persons with disabilities B. Smith, PhD, RDH, MPH

11:10 a.m. — State efforts to assess the oral health of older adults L. Ferraro, RDH, BS

11:30 AM — Policy approaches for increasing access to oral health prevention and care for the older adult R. Stone, DrPH

TUESDAY, NOV. 1, 2011: 12:30 p.m.

4230.0 Factors Affecting Oral Health Promotion
Grand Hyatt
Organizer: K. Lituri, RDH, MPH
Moderator: S. Cote, RDH MS

12:30 p.m. — Can caregiver tooth loss status be used to determine child's caries risk? B. Kingma; J. Willem, MS; W. Sohn, DDS, MS, PhD, DrPH

12:50 p.m. — Maryland Adults Knowledge of Fluoride and Use of Tap Water A. M. Horowitz, PhD; M. Q. Wang, PhD, MS; D. V. Kleinman, DDS, MScD

1:10 p.m. — Contra Caries: Acceptability of a theory-based, promotora-led educational program to prevent Early Childhood Caries among rural Latino children K. Hoeft, MPH; J. C. Barker, PhD

1:30 p.m. — Primary caries prevention in primary care medical and nurse practitioner clinics in Minnesota: Barriers and facilitators to adoption and implementation A. S. Deinard, MD, MPH; B. Johnson, PhD, MPH, RDH

TUESDAY, NOV. 1, 2011: 2:30 p.m.

4328.0 Public Health Influences on Community Oral Health
Grand Hyatt
Independence Ballroom B

Organizer: D. B. Clark, DrPH
Moderator: R. Nowjack-raymer, MPH, PhD and D. B. Clark, DrPH

2:30 p.m. — Influence of Behavioral and Social Intervention Research on Community Oral Health: Reaching Communities, Touching Lives C. Agyemang

2:50 p.m. — Influence of Social Networks on Community Oral Health M. E. Northridge, PhD, MPH

3:10 p.m. — Influence of Government and Policy on Community Oral Health P. Damiano, DDS, MPH

3:30 p.m. — Role of the Dental Care Delivery System on Access to Dental Care N. Pourat, PhD

TUESDAY, NOV. 1, 2011: 4:30 p.m.

4402.0 Mouths Matter: Maryland Leading the Way
Grand Hyatt

Organizer: A. M. Horowitz, PhD
Discussant: M. Brand, PhD
Moderator: A. M. Horowitz, PhD

4:30 p.m.Maryland Leading the Way H. Goodman, DMD, MPH

4:50 p.m. — Making of the Maryland Dental Action Coalition P. Anderson, MSW

5:10 p.m. — Deamonte Driver Dental Project H. Harper, DDS, MPH Please note: Dr. Debony Hughes will be the speaker.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2, 2011: 8:30 a.m.

5077.0 Oral Health Policy and Effective Oral Health Programs
Grand Hyatt
Moderator: D. Cappelli, DMD PhD

8:30 a.m. — Reaching outcomes through state infrastructure development: Evaluation of CDC's national cooperative agreement program C. Martin Frazier, MPH, CHES; K. A. Williams, MPH, CHES

8:50 a.m. — A cost effectiveness analysis comparing brush biopsy to oral surgeons' conventional examination in oral cancer screening V. Bhoopathi, BDS, MPH, DScD; J. F. Burgess, MA, PhD; A. K. Mascarenhas, DMD, MPH, DrPH

9:10 a.m. — HIV saliva testing in the dental clinic setting: Challenges and facilitators to implementation M. K. Hutchinson, PhD, RN; N. VanDevanter, DrPH, RN; J. A. Phelan, DDS; D. Malamud, PhD; D. Shelley, MD, MPH; J. Combellick, MSN

9:30 a.m. — A public health cluster randomised control trial of the effectiveness of fluoride varnish delivered in the school setting M. Tickle, Professor

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2, 2011: 10:30 a.m.

5142.0 Increasing Access to Oral Health Care for PLWHA: Results of the HRSA SPNS Multi-site Evaluation Project
Grand Hyatt
Organizer: H. S. Bednarsh, BS,RDH,MPH
Moderator: H. S. Bednarsh, BS,RDH,MPH

10:30 a.m. — Impact of oral care for PLWHA: Longitudinal results of the HRSA/SPNS Oral Health Initiative S. Rajabiun, MPH

10:55 a.m. — Need versus reality: Oral health care provided to PLWHA J. E. Fox, MPH

11:20 a.m. — Oral health standards of care, a baseline assessment of Phase I services H. S. Bednarsh, BS,RDH,MPH

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2, 2011: 12:30 p.m.

5199.0 Healthy People: Future Directions
Grand Hyatt
Organizer: G. Thornton-Evans, DDS, MPH
Discussant: A. M. Lester, DDS, MPH
Moderator: G. Thornton-Evans, DDS, MPH

12:30 p.m. — HP 2020 Updates B. A. Dye, DDS, MPH

12:50 p.m. — HHS Oral Health Initiative W. Bailey, DDS, MPH

1:10 p.m. — OMH's Role in the HHS Oral Health Initiative R. Rollins, PhD, MPH

Dushanka V. Kleinman, DDS, MScD - 2011 Callahan Memorial Award Recipient


The Callahan Memorial Award Commission serves to perpetuate the history of the dental profession by recognizing excellence in the field of dentistry in the name of one of dentistry’s giants, Ohio ’s own Dr. John Ross Callahan. It does so by:

Recognizing Excellence in the Profession. The Callahan Memorial Award Commission provides its international award annually to a person who has provided profound and impacting contributions to the art and science of dentistry and/or whose hard work, dedication and genius have improved the level of the oral health of the public.

For more information on the Callahan Memorial Award and its Honorees from 1922 to the present, go to: http://www.oda.org/membersonly/callahan.cfm

Woosung Goes to Boston

The Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine is pleased to announce the appointment of Woosung Sohn, DDS , PhD, DrPH, as the director of the Division of Dental Public Health and as program director of the Advanced Education Program in Dental Public Health.  Dr. Sohn joined the faculty as associate professor of health policy and health services research on Aug. 1. During the past academic year Chair of General Dentistry Dr. Judith Jones ably served as ad interim program director.


Dr. Sohn is a graduate of Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, and of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, where he received his DrPH degree. He came to GSDM from the University of Michigan, where he held a joint faculty appointment as associate professor at the School of Dentistry and director of the Dental Public Health Program in the Department of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health.


Dr. Sohn has attained national and international recognition as a leading scholar in oral epidemiology and health services research, with particular interests in oral health disparities research. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health and was a Fellow of the ADEA Leadership Institute in 2009-2010. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Public Health Dentistry and a member of the Advisory Board of Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology. In 2009, he was honored by the International Association for Dental Research with its Aubrey Sheiham Award for Distinguished Research in Dental Public Health Sciences.  


Contact Info:

Woosung Sohn, DDS, PhD, DrPH

Director, Division of Dental Public Health 

Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Health Policy & Health Services Research

Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine

560 Harrison Ave. 3rd floor

Boston, MA 02118


Special Announcements from APHA Headquarters

PHACT: Call for Federal Public Health Funds at Work in Your State

In addition to attending town hall meetings this year, APHA would like for you to share a story about why public health funding is important in your community or state. Preferably, the funding would come from one of these three sources:

1.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2.  Health Resources and Services Administration

3.  Prevention and Public Health Fund

Examples can provide:

·    An approximate estimate of the amount of the funding received

·    Location of the program (City, state)

·    A summary of the program/intervention (PH issue and intervention being used)

·    Any examples of positive outcomes to date

Make all submission to http://www.apha.org/advocacy/tips/stories.htm or email us at phact@apha.org.

Thanks for taking action to protect public health!

Check out APHA’s Advocacy Track at this year’s Annual Meeting
APHA will host a one-day advocacy track of sessions during the 2011 Annual Meeting in D.C. on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, and all APHA members are encouraged to attend to hone their public health advocacy skills. For more detailed information regarding the particular sessions, refer to the 2011 online program (http://apha.confex.com/apha/139am/webprogram/start.html ) and enter the session number to see the list of planned speakers and topics to be covered. Attendees will be eligible for CE credit.

Ø       “Nailing your policy: Creating APHA’s policy buddy system,” Session 3007.0, 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.

Ø       “Media Advocacy: Breaking through the crowded news cycle,” Session 3119.0, 10:30 a.m.

Ø       “The Who, What & How of Advocacy,” Session 3216.0, 12:30-2 p.m.

Ø       “Mobilizing a public health campaign,” Session 3318.0, 2:30-4 p.m.

Ø       “The Role of Social Media in Public Health,” Session 3417.0, 4:30 p.m.

Discount for APHA members:
APHA is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Drexel University Online. Under this program, APHA members and their families are eligible for special tuition discounts of up to 25 percent when they enroll in any of Drexel’s online courses.  Drexel University Online offers a wide range of courses in a flexible online format, including
CEPH-accredited programs in biostatistics and epidemiology. Please see the APHA partnership page for more details (http://www.drexel.com/APHA ).

Any agreement entered into between Drexel University Online and an APHA member, employee or family member, is with Drexel University Online and not with APHA.  APHA does not endorse any products or services displayed or referred to in conjunction with this partnership and is not responsible for the actual content of Drexel University Online programs.

Let APHA host your public health career day at the Annual Meeting.

Employers, this is your opportunity to meet thousands of public health professionals and qualified candidates for hire. Job seekers, here is your chance to market your resume, meet recruiters and sign up for a professional career coaching session, either an individual or group session. Advance your public health career and find new prospects with APHA’s Public Health CareerMart. Find out more at: http://www.apha.org/about/careers/am_careers2011.htm.

APHA’s Public Health Buyer’s Guide links users to industry products
http://publichealthbuyersguide.com  is designed specifically for public health professionals, allowing easy search of vendors from a link on the APHA website’s home page, www.apha.org. Within the Public Health Buyer's Guide, public health professionals will be able to easily locate products and services unique to our industry without the clutter of general Internet search engine results.

Public Health and Equity Principles for Transportation

APHA has recently released a list of 10 Public Health and Equity Principles for Transportation (http://www.apha.org/advocacy/priorities/issues/transportation/transport_principles.htm ). These policies recognize the various impacts that transportation policies can have on public health — they can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, asthma, obesity and mental health disorders — especially on vulnerable populations, including the elderly, the poor and individuals with disabilities. We believe that if transportation policies are reviewed and evaluated with these principles in mind, we will be better able to ensure that health and equity are well-represented. By holding transportation policies to a stated set of standards, we can encourage a transportation system that supports health, and direct funds to programs that improve health, equity and well-being. It is essential that other organizations — at the national, state and local level — demonstrate their support for these principles by joining us as signatories. Please sign on here (http://www.apha.org/advocacy/priorities/issues/transportation/form_principles.htm ) to show your organization’s support for these essential principles.

APHA Annual Meeting

From Oct. 29 – Nov. 2, 2011 join us in Washington, D.C., for the APHA 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition. Our section will have a strong presence at the meeting. View the sessions sponsored by our section by visiting the interactive Online Program (http://apha.confex.com/apha/139am/webprogram/start.html ). Search the program using keyword, author name or date. Don’t forget to stop by our new Section and SPIG Pavilion (Booth 3073) in the Public Health Expo next to Everything APHA. For more information about the Annual Meeting, visit www.apha.org/meetings/AnnualMeeting.

Win a free Annual Meeting registration!
Forward the contact information for new companies or organizations that you would like to see included as exhibitors at the Annual Meeting to Priya Bose, Meetings and Exhibits Coordinator, at priya.bose@apha.org. Anyone submitting a qualified lead for potential new exhibitors will be entered into a drawing for a free full registration. Get to know our exhibitors before the meeting on our Virtual Expo! (http://www.expocadweb.com/11apha/ec/forms/attendee/indexTab.aspx)

Report on APHA Midyear Meeting

By Scott Presson:

APHA held its first Midyear Meeting June 23-25, 2011 in Chicago. I attended to represent the Oral Health Section through support APHA made available so that each Section could participate. The theme of the meeting was “Implementing Health Reform, a Public Health Approach.” There were many outstanding presenters that gave us a robust picture of many of the current issues in implementing the Affordable Care Act.

Many provisions of the ACA are being implemented or on schedule to be implemented by 2014. This includes some of the oral health provisions that are authorized by the ACA, and either don’t require appropriations or actually received appropriations within the ACA. Many of the important oral public health provisions, however, are authorized but do not have appropriations to fund them. As is apparent if you are watching the political dialogue, finding funding for these new oral health provisions will be quite unlikely in the short-term. Many public health officials are concerned that new funding already provided in ACA, such as the Prevention and Public Health Fund, will be eroded by reductions in funding for other discretionary public health programs. This will potentially decrease their effect. A larger assault on public health and other health programs is taking place that may restrict and limit how much of this historic law can be implemented. Now that ARRA stimulus money is running out and state budgets are not improving, many state and local health departments are under even more budget pressures. Many health departments are losing even more staff and programs. 

In planning for implementation of ACA in 2014, when many important provisions, such as the health exchanges, are implemented, states are using a wide range of approaches. Some states are refusing federal funding to do planning, while others see this as an opportunity to modernize and improve competition. Several speakers noted that some state and local health departments are using this time of change as an opportunity to restructure along the lines of the Public Health Accreditation Board and/or to better align with provisions in the ACA. 

Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan, encouraged the audience to make their views known to policymakers, turn up the volume, contact them personally or visit them, and be creative in individualizing your letters or visits. Form letters should be individualized to increase their impact. Larry Wallack, a renowned expert in media advocacy, gave the audience advice about framing the issues around ACA. “If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about your answers.”  The role of government is the core issue; who we are as a country and why this matters. The opponents are arguing that this is about freedom, while many proponents are arguing that this is about controlling costs. He advises that this is about fairness; that if we are a country that cares about our fellow citizens and believes in an equal opportunity for success, that the first rung on the ladder of opportunity is health. Make no mistake, the 2012 election will have great impact on the future of ACA.

As far as the oral health provisions in ACA, the meeting did not go into this level of detail, but I will briefly summarize. The requirement that children have dental insurance will be implemented when the health exchanges begin in 2014. There is funding already available for expansion of community health centers and school-based health centers, including potential for dental facilities. Important provisions to strengthen oral public health and training programs at HRSA and CDC have not received appropriations. I did have the opportunity to ask Caya Lewis, a high CMS official, to continue to work with states to improve implementation of Medicaid dental benefits so that more children actually receive care.

Oral Health provisions and their status have been summarized by the Children’s Dental Health Project.  See:





Following the meeting, the Section representatives met to discuss the conference and give APHA feedback on the meeting.  The meeting was worthwhile in focusing on the status of this historic legislation. Whether its potential is realized depends on the will of the people and leadership from the public health community. Please make an effort to stay current with this issue and to engage in efforts to implement the law as robustly as possible as economic conditions improve. We must make appropriations for oral health programs a visible priority. 

Another Dental Death

A 24-year-old man in Cincinnati died in August from a tooth infection that reportedly spread to his brain. Unemployed and without health insurance, he had gone to a hospital ER for treatment of the infection, only to be given two prescriptions, one for an antibiotic ($27), the other for pain medication ($3), and the advice to see a dentist. Unable to afford the more expensive antibiotic or to pay a dentist, he bought the cheaper pain medication and died.*

Sound familiar? Yes. Another Deamonte Driver Tragedy.**

This particular case is not a matter of access but of the pernicious medical-dental financial system in this country. A decent system would dispense the necessary medication in the ER to assure the patient gets it ― at no charge. A decent system would provide national health care insurance for the entire population. It is not a matter of funding. It is a matter of  priorities. It is a matter of decency. 

  *See: http://communitypress.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20110902/NEWS01/109030339/Death-after-tooth-infection-raises-questions-about-care-options

**See: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/27/AR2007022702116.html

Items of Interest

Scott Tomar’s “...sad commentary on the state of dental research…”

or, What Has Taken So Long to Confirm the Obvious?

 “There is Weak Evidence* that a Single, Universal Dental Recall Interval Schedule Reduces Caries Incidence.”

Click here for Tomar’s Review** of: Patel S, Bay RC, Glick M. A systematic review of dental recall intervals and incidence of dental caries. J Am Dent Assoc 2010;141(5):527-39

  * Editor begs to differ. There is no evidence.

** J Evid Base Dent Pract 2011;11:89-91.

 Can Gingivitis Overcome World Overpopulation?

 Gum Disease Can Increase the Time It Takes to Become Pregnant

ScienceDaily (Aug. 1, 2011) — Professor Roger Hart told the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology that the negative effect of gum disease [e.g., gingivitis] on conception was of the same order of magnitude as the effect of obesity.

 “…women with gum disease took an average of just over seven months to become pregnant -- two months longer than the average of five months that it took women without gum disease to conceive.”

[Editor’s Note: Gingivitis is more prevalent, but is it more effective than abstinence?]

 Is the Political Culture of Dental Insurance in Quebec Superior to the U.S.? Oui!

“In the United States dental care is not covered in its remarkably and effectively well-administered Medicare Program. Medicare provides an existing framework on which Federal dental insur­ance can be built….Changes in dental health policy in the United States would have measur­able benefits for both medical and den­tal healthcare of its people. Further, such augmentation of overall healthcare would have positive implications for the nation’s economy. Better dental healthcare would mean fewer toothaches and oral infections, which translate into less time lost at the workplace. Commitment to dental coverage in addition to medical insurance is a com­mitment to the health of the labour force and the people of the United States.”

Click here here for: Flaer PJ, Younis MZ, Benjamin PL, Al-Hajeri M. The political culture of health­care: why substantial dental care in Canada is covered by govern­ment insurance only in Québec – lessons for the United States? Brit Dent J 2011;210(11):519-521.

Shenkin Battles Big Potato in Maine

From Jonathan Shenkin’s Op-Ed in The Portland Press Herald, September 7, 2011:

“Potatoes in school lunches may seem an innocuous addition to the menu. However, studies show that french fries and other potato products are a real problem in children's diets. The issue is that potatoes are most often served in schools as french fries, by no means a healthy food for children to consume on a daily basis at school or at home.” For the complete attack, go to: http://www.pressherald.com/opinion/snowe-collins-standing-in-the-way-of-better-nutrition-in-schools_2011-09-06.html

HIV and Dental Neglect

“Of 3,643 participants, 45% needed HIV case management, 33% needed mental health counseling, and 32% needed assistance finding dental services during the 12 months before the interview; 8%, 13%, and 25% of these participants who needed the services, respectively, had not received these services by the time of the interview." 

From: Clinical and Behavioral Characteristics of Adults Receiving Medical Care for HIV Infection ­ Medical Monitoring Project, United States, 2007

[Submitted by Helene Bednarsh]

A Shared Vision: Optimal Oral Health for All

The U.S. National Oral Health Alliance provides the platform on which diverse partners in oral health come together to forge common ground. Alliance partners focus and align efforts to assure optimal oral health for all and build on collective strengths for more effective impact.

The Alliance will convene three (3) colloquia over the next year, starting on the east coast and moving west:

Nov. 7 – 8, 2011 Washington, D.C.

March 13 – 14, 2012 TBD

June 6 – 7, 2012 TBD

Click here for the Fall 2011 Informational Sheet.        

See alsothe Alliance website: http://www.usalliancefororalhealth.org/

Announcing the AADR 4th Fall Focused Symposium

Registration is now available to attend AADR’s 4th Fall Focused Symposium, themed “Oral Health Disparities Research and the Future Face of America.” This meeting will take place Nov. 3-4, 2011, at the Renaissance Washington, D.C., hotel. The complete program is available online.


Visit www.aadronline.org/ffs2011 for additional information and to register.

 [Referred by Gary D. Podschun]

The Times Got It Right on Wisdom Teeth

In case you missed it in The NY Times, Sept. 6: The most comprehensive report on wisdom teeth yet to appear in the public press. It is unambiguous in pointing to the lack of objective evidence for prophylactic extractions.  

Read the article online at: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/06/health/06consumer.html?_r=1&ref=science


Partnership to End Health Disparities

Oral Health Leaders and the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities

Arlene M. Lester, DDS, MPH


Medical advances and new technologies have improved the potential for Americans to live longer and healthier lives. Yet, still, health gaps and well-documented health disparities affecting racial and ethnic minority populations persist. New approaches and partnerships to shape core actions are needed to close health gaps, which include those closely linked with disparities in oral health and oral health care.

A New Approach

The National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities is a new approach. Under the leadership of the Office of Minority Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the NPA was established to mobilize a nationwide, comprehensive, community-driven, and sustained effort to combat health disparities; and to move the nation toward achieving health equity. Through the coordination of partners, leaders, and stakeholders committed to action, the overall mission is to increase the effectiveness of programs that target the elimination of health disparities.


NPA Goals

NPA goal areas are well-known to longstanding challenges faced by oral health leaders who hold responsibility for strengthening the capacity of the dental health infrastructure. The goals are:

  • Awareness - Increase awareness of the significance of health disparities, their impact on the nation, and the actions necessary to improve health outcomes for racial, ethnic, and underserved populations.
  • Leadership - Strengthen and broaden leadership for addressing health disparities at all levels.
  • Health System and Life Experience - Improve health and healthcare outcomes for racial, ethnic, and underserved populations.
  • Cultural and Linguistic Competency - Improve cultural and linguistic competency and the diversity of the health-related workforce.
  • Data, Research, and Evaluation - Improve data availability and coordination, utilization, and diffusion of research and evaluation outcomes.

Through cooperative and strategic actions, the NPA can serve as a roadmap for oral health leaders. The companion HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health and Health Care, National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity, and Regional Blueprints for Action guide the work going forward at local, state, and regional levels. Learn more about the NPA and companion initiatives at www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov.


Together we can. Together we will.



Invitation to Maryland's First Oral Health Summit

    Click here for the program and speakers,