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Oral Health
Section Newsletter
Spring 2007

Message from the Chair

Saddened and Inspired:


I was saddened by the deaths of five people in the past few months.


Dr. David Ast (1903-2007) lived a long and full life. He was the first recipient of the John W. Knutson Distinguished Service Award in Dental Public Health in 1982, an award of APHA’s (then) Dental Health Section. I was fortunate to have been present at that meeting in Montreal. Dr. Ast was an inspiration to many of us at the time and should remain so well after his passing, even among those who have not previously been aware of his illustrious career. I encourage you to read the comments made by and about him in these links (David Ast) (New York Times).

Dr. Edward D. Maggiore, DDS, MA, DrPH (1934–2007) was a member of APHA for more than 40 years. A faculty member at USC and UCLA and previous director of the Venice Dental Clinic, Ed was a longtime volunteer with community health programs. His obituary appeared in the JPHD.

Dr. Umo Isong was a UCSF faculty member and colleague whose life was cut short by complications from sickle cell anemia. A diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health, Dr. Isong received her BDS degree from the University of Lagos (1984, Nigeria), an MPH degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (1988) and a PhD from the University of North Carolina (1995). She is missed by all who she touched with her dedication to improving the public’s health, in spite of her own health problems – an inspiration to us all.

Then there were the two young boys whose deaths have caused all of us to re-energize our efforts to reduce the burden of dental diseases and improve the oral health of all. The recent deaths of children in Maryland and Mississippi from lack of dental care illustrate the importance of the dental safety net for vulnerable populations. Deamonte Driver (Washington Post 2/28/07), a 12-year-old Maryland boy, succumbed to an infection that started in his tooth and spread to his brain, and 6-year-old Alexander Callendar died in Mississippi March 1, 2007 of the complications of tooth decay.

For so long we have been describing dental caries as the commonest chronic disease of childhood in order to draw attention to the need for preventive and treatment services. But no one should have to die because of dental disease. These boys’ deaths have renewed attention to the barriers to oral health care among those who live in or near Washington.


There ought to be a law:

In response to the deaths of these boys, a hearing was held in Congress on March 27, 2007, led by Congressman John Dingell, chairman, Committee on Energy and Commerce, entitled “Insuring Bright Futures: Improving Access To Dental Care And Providing A Healthy Start For Children”. Out of that hearing came HR 1781 designed to provide disadvantaged children with access to primary dental care services. (H.R.1781: text) As of June 7, 2007 the bill had 65 cosponsors. This was a companion bill to what Senator Bingaman, D-N.M., had been working on with the dental community for several years.

On May 3, 2007, The Washington Post ("Maryland Child’s Death Explores Dearth of Dental Care") reported on a separate hearing in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Subcommittee on Domestic Policy (Oversight Adequacy of the Pediatric Dental Program for Medicaid Eligible Children) that looked extensively at the role of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in guaranteeing children on Medicaid access to dental care. (THE STORY OF DEAMONTE DRIVER) (Washington Post, May 3, 2007) Rep. Kucinich, D-Ohio, and an official from United Healthcare made claims and counterclaims on the availability or lack of dentists on the list for Deamonte Driver’s family’s dental plan in the county. Rep. Kucinich and Rep. Cummings summed up the findings of the hearing in a letter to CMS Director Dennis Smith, who has yet to respond Baltimore Sun, June 19, 2007.

Other bills have been introduced in Congress in response to the deaths of these boys. The ADA is supporting HR 2472, “Essential Oral Health Care Act of 2007” introduced on May 24, 2007. The bill is designed “To amend titles V and XIX of the Social Security Act to improve essential oral health care for lower-income individuals under the Maternal and Child Health Program and the Medicaid Program and to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a tax credit to dentists for dental services provided to low-income individuals.” (H.R.2472: text) As of June 10, 2007 this bill had three cosponsors.

The ADA is also supporting HR 2371, “Deamonte’s Law - The Children's Dental Health Improvement Act,” introduced on May 17, 2007, that is designed “To amend the Public Health Service Act to expand and improve the provision of pediatric dental services to medically underserved populations, and for other purposes.” (H.R.2371: text) As of June 10, 2007 this bill had 13 cosponsors.

On the Senate side, S 739 was earlier introduced on March 1, 2007, known as the Children's Dental Health Improvement Act of 2007; a bill to provide disadvantaged children with access to dental services. (S.739: text) As of June 10, 2007 this bill had 10 cosponsors.

I called upon Bob Isman, past chair of the Oral Health Section, and expert on dental access issues to guide me in determining which of these bills should receive further support from APHA. Bob advises that it might be worth trying to get APHA to support reauthorization of the Dental Health Improvement Act. The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) has good information on federal legislation related to dental issues. Please visit the ADEA Web site for what's going on with this and other federal legislation. Bob provided me with some analysis on these recent federal bills related to improving children's access to dental care. In turn, Bob had sought guidance from Meg Booth, MPH, director of governmental affairs for the Washington, D.C.-based Children's Dental Health Project.


HR 2371 ("Deamonte's Law") is about dental expansions of FQHCs and expanding pediatric dental work force.

HR 2472 ("The Essential Oral Health Care Act of 2007") looks to be a testing ground for the Community Dental Health Coordinator proposed by the ADA; 2) provides grants for volunteer dental projects using portable/mobile dental equipment; 3) increases FMAP (Federal Medical Assistance Percentages) by 25 percentage points, up to 90 percent, for states providing assurance that children have access to oral health care services "to the same extent as such services are available to the pediatric population of the state;" 4) provides a tax credit for donated dental services. Recommendations for amendments to HR 2472 were made in a letter from Burt Edelstein of the Children’s Dental Health Project to Rep. Wynn. CDHP commended Wynn for his attention to children’s oral health and suggested a variety of ways that the principles in the bill could be further broaden to provide greater opportunities to address recognized problems confronting children’s oral health.


While great and prolonged attention has been paid to responding to the needless deaths of these boys, I fear that, without persistence, this will become yesterday’s news and the legislative efforts at improving the safety net infrastructure through congressional action will die prematurely in committee.

We must push for required dental coverage for children in SCHIP (currently an option) across the country as a major step in patching our so-called health care system.


I wondered whether there have been any studies that have determined the proportion of deaths caused by dental diseases. While not a commonly identified cause of death in developed countries, where few preventive and treatment services exist, dental caries is the cause of more deaths than I would have thought. It was reported as recently as 2005, in a region of Northern India, that dental caries infections were the cause of 1.9 percent of deaths from all causes among a random sample of deaths of those aged 25-64 years. (Singh RB, Singh V, Kulshrestha SK, Singh S, Gupta P, Kumar R, Krishna A, Srivastav SS, Gupta SB, Pella D, Cornelissen G. Social class and all-cause mortality in an urban population of North India. Acta Cardiol. 2005 Dec;60(6):611-7).



Foundations also have a role in supporting the infrastructure for access to preventive and treatment services. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, through the Dental Pipeline Program, has pledged an additional $4 million to a $19 million program it created in 2001 to address the lack of dental care in underserved areas. This program has drawn added support from The California Endowment (additional $6.3 million) and $1 million from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.


Role of APHA

Our Oral Health Section needs to monitor dental access issues at the national level, working together with APHA staff and experts in other organizations. We also need to collaborate with the other Sections and SPIGS. An interesting recent report from the United Kingdom caught my eye. Researchers in Leeds found that a dental health education program of home visits with mothers of young infants to prevent early childhood caries and starting at 8 months of age, gave better benefit-costs and costs effectiveness ratios than other preventive programs. Perhaps we can collaborate with folks in Public Health Nursing and other Sections to make the outreach to families in need to help them manage the often-complex system of accessing dental care as well as providing practical advice on prevention. Through linkage with other health care professionals we could provide a better system than currently exists.


The lives and deaths of others, some of whom we have had the privilege to know or meet and some whom we have only read about, can inspire us to do what we can to reduce the burden of disease and make the lives of others better in some way than would otherwise have been the case.


Submitted June 19, 2007


Howard Pollick, BDS, MPH

Chair, Oral Health Section, APHA


Alaska Trip-Amos Deinard

I visited Alaska as the Oral Health Section’s representative to the Alaska Native Health Consortium Outreach Trip organized by the Rasmuson Foundation of Anchorage.  Those participating in the trip included Edwin Allgair (Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation), Kathryn Atchison (AAPHD), Ann Battrell (CEO, ADHA), Jackson Brown (ADA Policy Committee), Jack Dillenberg (School of Dentistry and Oral Health, Arizona School of Health Sciences), Marge Green (ADHA president), Bob Herron (Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation), Lawrence Hill (AACDP), Stuart Hirsch (New York University College of Dentistry), Geraldine Morrow (Alaska Dental Society), Joel Neimeyer (Rasmuson Foundation), Kathleen Roth (ADA president), Mary Smith (ADA trustee), Russell Webb (ADA trustee), and Brad Whistler (Alaska Department of Health and Human Services). 


The first morning was spent touring two dental facilities in Anchorage.  We then flew to Bethel at noon to visit a dental facility.  Mid-afternoon, all but I flew to Toksook Bay to visit a sub-regional facility.  On day two, those who had gone to Toksook Bay and I met early afternoon in the village of Kasigluk to see a village clinic and visit with a dentist who was there for her periodic visit, after which we returned to Bethel to see the last dental clinic, have dinner and talk.  Having seen dental care being provided at all four levels (village, sub-regional, regional, specialty), the group spent three hours discussing the future.  It was agreed that a prospective study needs to be done to evaluate the outcomes of the DHAT program and to determine whether access to care improved because of the DHAT program.  It was agreed that a group would be convened for a two-day planning session to design the prospective study.  That group will at a minimum include representatives from the ADA, ADHA, AAPHD, CEC, and APHA.  It was agreed that all participants must support the design from the outset and agree to accept the outcomes and conclusions what ever they are in order to minimize, if not prevent, a situation from arising that after the data are in, one or more groups would consider the assessment inadequate because of insufficient data and so debunk the conclusions.  Kathryn Atchison will try to raise funds to engage the RAND Corporation to organize the two day event and lead the discussion.  It is my desire to be part of this planning process as at least one representative of the Oral Health Section of APHA.   

Alaska is a fascinating state.  It is one-fifth the size of the lower 48.  The IHS health care system has four tiers: village (171), sub-regional (20-25), regional (6), and specialty care in Anchorage.   Life from the regional to the village level becomes more and more primitive.  There are more paved roads in the city (not county) of Los Angeles than in the entire state of Alaska.  From the regional level down, there is little to no public water supply as we know it.  Rather, homes and other facilities have water reservoirs which are filled periodically.  Water is thus used sparingly.  There is also a limited sewage system as we know it.  From the regional level down, a “honeypot” found in every home and office is the way human solid excrement is handled (lots of Lysol is used).  There are 231 tribes in Alaska out of 540 nationwide.  One-fifth of Alaskans are native. About 85,000 people, mostly Alaska natives, live in small villages of 300-400 people.  There are 15 native ethnic groups in Alaska.  Alaska has the highest rate of health disparities in the country and the cost of care is the highest of any of the 50 states.  Because there are so few paved roads in the state, transportation is by plane (small 4-20 seaters flying at 900 feet, to commercial jets, and Med-Vac is the routine way those in need of care are transported to where they can get care), boat, ATV, snowmobiles and dog sled. 

Despite the vastness and primitiveness of the state, I sensed from every discussion I participated in that there is an extraordinary commitment by the health care providers.  The attitude is that the system works well, even though the demands for care far outstrip the availability of services.  At the village level, one finds Community Health Aides (CHA) who are trained to demonstrate how to brush, perform a toothbrush prophylaxis, educate, and apply varnish.  At the sub-regional and regional levels, one finds DHATs who, in addition to their regular hygiene duties, also can take and interpret X-rays, do simple extractions, administer local anesthesia, and perform restorations using the ART technique.  Both the CHA and DHAT are also intimately involved in making sure that all the necessities of life (e.g., diapers, parts for a snowmobile, etc.) are addressed.  There is little fluoridated water in the state, and bottled water costs more than soda pop.  Thus, many children are hydrated with soda pop.


This next section has been taken nearly verbatim from literature distributed during the site visit. 


For residents of nearly 200 small, isolated communities in rural Alaska, access to dental care services is a serious problem.  Alaska natives experience disproportionate oral health disparities including rates of dental caries two and a half times greater than the U.S. national rate.  More than one-third of rural Alaska school children miss school because of dental pain.  By the time Alaska natives reach adulthood, many have already experienced the devastating consequences of the lack of dental care.  Young children cover their mouths rather than smile, embarrassed by the condition of their teeth. The dental crisis is sufficiently severe that some adults forgo treatment for themselves so that their children can get care. 

Over and over, those involved in the program express extreme gratification for being part of the team addressing the dental crisis that exists today in Alaska.  Dentists employed by Alaska native tribal health organizations generally are only able to visit small villages for a week or two at a time once or twice a year.  Recruitment and retention of rural dentists is an ongoing challenge, as most dental school graduates choose private practice, not public health dentistry.  The current vacancy rate for dentists in the tribal health system is 25 percent.  One program has been waiting for seven years for a dental position to be filled. 

Beginning in 2003, Alaska native tribal health organizations and the Community Health Aide Certification Board, a federal agency, developed a new solution to addressing rural Alaska dental needs - the Alaska Dental Health Aide Therapist (DHAT) Initiative.  This initiative is part of the Community Health Aide Program (CHAP) which was developed by the Indian Health Service in cooperation with Alaska tribes in the ‘60s to address critical health problems in rural Alaska.  Twelve Alaska natives have enrolled in the DHAT program.  Eight have graduated and four have been practicing in rural Alaska since January 2005.  Currently, more than 550 indigenous medical providers work in small village clinics providing emergency, chronic and preventive services under the general supervision of physicians at regional hospitals.  CHAP is based on this medical model.  The program is a multifaceted approach to boost both the number of dental providers in rural Alaska and the level of dental services available to Alaska Native people.  There are several levels of DHA, ranging from primary (those who provide exclusively preventive services) to DHATs. 

All work is done under the general supervision of dentists at regional hospitals.  To be certified, all DHAs must meet qualifications set up by the Community Health Aide Certification Board, which is made up of experienced federal, state and tribal health professionals.  Continuing education is required.  Skills evaluation occurs every two years for re-certification.  The DHAT model is considered an essential component of dental health care in over 40 countries including New Zealand, Canada, and Great Britain.  The United States is the only industrial nation that does not have a mid-level dentistry practice for the general population.  Training for primary DHAs is provided in Alaska.  Training for DHATs has been provided through New Zealand’s Otago University School of Dentistry.  There was no mid-level Dental Practitioner training in the United States until January 2007 when the University of Washington began such training.  In September, 2006, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC), in collaboration with the University of Washington’s School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant program, secured a four-year grant (2.8 million dollars) from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to fund the establishment of an Alaska-based Dental Health Aide Therapist training program.  This support was supplemented by a $450,000 non-solicited grant from the Rasmuson Foundation.  Additional support has been received from federal and private financial entities including the Ford Foundation, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Facility and the Paul G. Allen Foundation. 

The training is being conducted in two phases.  The first is based in Anchorage, where trainees receive both didactic and clinical training from the University of Washington with the assistance of ANTHC training site employees.  Training is based on the very successful New Zealand/Canadian Dental Therapy Training Program curriculum.  The second year, a clinical clerkship will be offered in Bethel, in partnership with the People’s Learning Center and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Consortium (YKHC).  At the end of the second year of training (2,400 hours), each trainee will return to his/her sponsoring tribal health organization to complete an additional 400 hours of clinical preceptorship under the direct supervision of a dentist.  Once the preceptorship is completed, the DHAT can apply for certification from the federal CHAP Certification Board.  The CHAP Board can revoke or suspend certificates of DHATs who do not meet competency standards.  Tribal management of Indian Health Service programs is authorized by the Indian Self-determination and Education Assistance Act. 

In September, 2005, an Alaska assistant attorney general wrote an opinion that stated that DHAs may practice without a state license in native health clinics under the provisions of Federal certification.  Despite that fact, the American Dental Association and the Alaska Dental Society, in a lawsuit filed against several DHATs, argued that state licensure is necessary. 



to Dr. Oscar Arevalo and Dr. Woosung Sohn for successfully passing their Dental Public Health Boards in April 2007.



State Public Health Associations

Many of our members are also members of their state or local public health association or affiliate. For more information on your local affiliate, click here (new URL for the APHA link to the state Affiliates). My state Affiliate (California Public Health Association – North) offers reduced membership rates for being an APHA member.


Work Force Demonstration Programs

(Notes from the meeting on Work Force Demonstration Programs Designed to Improve Access to Oral Health Services; Resolution on the need for standardized formal evaluations.)

At the April 29, 2007 National Oral Health Conference, an invited group met to further discuss this issue, centering around new and proposed non-traditional dental health care workers, including the Alaska Dental Health Aide Therapists, the ADHA Advanced Dental Hygiene Practitioner and the ADA sponsored Community Dental Health Coordinator. Representatives from many organizations were present, including myself, representing the APHA Oral Health Section.

Kathy Atchison, 2007 AAPHD president, chaired the group and reported on a meeting with representatives of the ADA in January 2007, including ADA President Kathy Roth,  Mark Feldman, Amid Ismail and Jack Brown.

The purpose of the meeting was to develop an “aspirational” letter for groups to sign on. The purpose of the evaluation is not whether any model works, but how it works and how it can be improved.

The group agreed to develop a two-day workshop on methodology to be held later in 2007, possibly at UCLA. Foundations and organizations (ADA, ADHA, ASTDD, Dental Trade Association, Delta) would be approached to help with funding, but it was suggested that organization representatives may have to pay for their own travel and accommodations for the workshop.

It was announced by Amid Ismail that the first curriculum for the ADA sponsored Community Dental Health Coordinator would begin in September 2007, with the first students enrolling in January 2008. Clinics have already been identified, and baseline data will be collected at the end of 2009. Early process and safety evaluation measures would be collected, with a 3-5-year prospective outcomes assessment.

Comparison groups could include traditional hygienist groups. (Domains, such as stainless steel crowns, were briefly discussed, with a comment that DHATs do better than pediatric dentists!).

A manual will be developed to reduce/eliminate bias; all models could work; data could be combined for meta-analysis.

A further conference call was to be convened after June 15, 2007.

Joel Neimeyer, Rasmuson Foundation, had invited group representatives to an outreach visit to Alaska to observe the Alaska Dental Health Aide Program, May 13-15, 2007. Amos Deinard represented the APHA OH Section. (see his comments about his trip)


Submitted by Howard Pollick, Chair, APHA Oral Health Section, June 19, 2007

ADA Humanitarian Award


The American Dental Association is very excited to announce the inception of the new ADA Humanitarian Award.  This prestigious award recognizes dentist members who have distinguished themselves by outstanding, unselfish leadership and contributions to their fellow human beings in the field of dentistry, through the dedication of extraordinary time and professional skills to improve the oral health of underserved populations in the United States or abroad. 

For further details click here. If you wish to receive a nomination packet, please call the ADA Center for International Development and Affairs at (312) 440-2726 or e-mail

Update on OH website

The Web site is up and running thanks to Webmaster Dr. Timothy Cooke!

The graphic below shows a weekly report of the number of hits per week for the Web site. The graph represents these numbers and shows a significant increase in the number of visitors in the past couple of months.

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Program for DC



135th Annual Meeting

Nov. 3-7, 2007

The Oral Health Section Program Summary:

For detailed information, see below and visit Oral Health Section




The Oral Health Section would like to thank

   Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals Inc.,

   LCI, Inc., and

   OMNI Preventive Care, A 3M ESPE Company

for their generous support


Location: All Scientific Sessions sponsored by the Oral Health Section will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel .  

Poster Sessions and APHA General Sessions will be held at the Washington Convention Center (WCC).

Local Arrangements:  Fabulous local arrangements for DC are provided by Mayté (María Teresa Canto). 

The Monday night dinner following the Oral Health Section awards will be held at the Marrakesh(, 617 New York Ave. Washington DC, 20001, ph: (202) 393-9393.

The Marrakesh serves a traditional Moroccan family dinner that includes six courses and hot tea. 

The cost of the dinner is $43 per person (including tax and tip); it includes hot tea but does not include other beverages. 

If you plan to attend you can pay by check or cash, however, payment by check must

be received by Oct. 15, 2007.  

Please RSVP to Kathy Lituri, OH Section secretary, at or (617) 638-5202 as soon as you know you will be attending so that Mayte and Kathy can plan accordingly.

Payment By Check:  Please make the check payable to: APHA, Oral Health Enrichment Account #328079

and send your payment to Kathy Lituri, Secretary, OH Section, 323 South Great Road, Lincoln, MA 01773.

Checks must be received by Oct. 15, 2007.

Payment By Cash:   Cash will be accepted at the meeting up until the start of the award ceremony on Monday, Nov. 5, 2007.   Kathy Lituri will collect cash payments and issue receipt for those that need them.

RSVPs and cash will be accepted up until the beginning of the Monday night award ceremony, although it is greatly appreciated if you can RSVP by Oct 15& even if you do not

plan to pay by check.

The Myron Allukian Flying Feet Dance Contest will be held Tuesday night after the Reception / Business Meeting.

Exhibit/Oral Health Section Booth Hours

Sunday: 2-7, Monday: 9:30-5:30, Tuesday: 9:30-5:30, Wednesday: 8:30-12:30

The Oral Health Section Annual Program :

At-a-Glance (click on session numbers for event listings)

Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007

8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.


Oral Health Section Business Meeting 


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


APHA Opening General Session (WCC)

Keynote Speaker: Laurie Garrett and Julie Gerberding, Director CDC details


2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.


Oral Health Section Business Meeting 


Monday, Nov. 5, 2007


10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

3087.0 (WCC)

Oral Health Poster Session I (Poster)


3088.0 (WCC)

Oral Health Poster Session II (Poster)


3089.0 (WCC)

Oral Health Poster Session III (Poster)


3090.0 (WCC)

Oral Health Poster Session IV (Poster)

Moderator:  Sandra Beebe 

Co-Moderator: TBA


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


Oral Health Literacy: The Dental Profession’s Response (Oral) 

Moderator:  Alice M. Horowitz  

Co-Moderator: TBA


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


Healthy People 2010-2020: Oral Health (Oral) 

Moderator: Mayté (Maria) Canto  

Co-Moderator: TBA

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

3425.0 (click on the number)

How Can We Make Oral Health a Much Higher National Priority: Power, Policies and Politics!! (Oral) 

Moderator: Myron Allukian 

Co-Moderator: TBA


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


Oral Health Section Awards Ceremony:   

 - John W. Knutson Distinguished Service Award in Dental Public Health, sponsored by Colgate

Oral Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

 - Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Health 

Pre-Professional Student Award  sponsored by Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

- Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Health

Post-professional Student Award sponsored by OMNI Preventive Care, A 3M ESPE Company.


8:00 p.m. ‘til whenever Monday 

The celebratory dinner following the award ceremony will be held at  Marrakesh 

617 New York Ave N.W. Washington, D.C., 20001

Tel: (202) 393-9393


Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007

8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.


Oral Health Policy and Programs (Oral) 

Moderator: Amos Deinard 

Co-Moderator: TBA


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

4156.0 (click on the number)

Is prophylactic removal of wisdom teeth a public health hazard? Evidently (Oral) 

Moderator: Stephen Corbin 

Co-Moderator: TBA


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

4248.0 (click on the number)

Medicaid Reform (Oral) 

Moderator: Oscar Arevalo 

Co-moderator: Kathy Lituri


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


A Tribute to Dr. Alice M. Horowitz –

Oral Health Promotion Research: Where have we been? Where should we go? (Oral) 

Moderator: Dushanka V. Kleinman 

Co-Moderator: Mayté (Maria) Canto


 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.


Oral Health Section Reception & Business Meeting

Sponsored by LCI, Inc. 


8:00 p.m.- Whenever Tue

Cocktails and Dancing: The Myron Allukian Flying Feet Dance Contest: at a place to be determined


Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007

8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.


Oral Health Disparities (Oral)

Moderator:  Kathy Lituri 

Co-Moderator: TBA


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


Workforce Issues (Oral)

Moderator:  Charla Lautar 

Co-Moderator: Sandra Beebe


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


Oral Health of Special Needs Populations (Oral)

Moderator: Lynn Bethel 

Co-Moderator: TBA


Open House at Alice Horowitz

Open House


Oral Health Section Members


Food and Libations at Alice's place


Time:  7-9:30 p.m.

Date:  Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007

Place: 4501 Walsh Street

         Chevy Chase, MD 20817


On the METRO red line, Bethesda stop....4 block walk to house……walking directions to follow in the fall Newsletter. Parking is available, use for directions!






Knutson Award


Brian A. Burt, BDS, MPH, PhD



The awardee, Brian A. Burt, BDS, MPH, PhD, is professor emeritus, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health; and professor emeritus, School of Dentistry, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.


Dr. Burt has distinguished himself in multiple capacities in dental public health, including conducting research, lecturing, consulting, publishing, editing and mentoring public health students. It is well recognized that Dr. Burt is responsible for many of our young, energetic dental public health leaders today, some of whom are current directors in various entities of the Dental Public Health community including academia, government, and other public and private organizations.  As a researcher he has been a principal investigator in many ground-breaking studies and has published more than 200 scientific articles, reports, and book chapters. Dr. Burt is the lead editor of “The Dentist, Dental Practice, and the Community” now in its 6th edition (2005); this textbook is an essential resource in the field and read widely by students, educators, and practitioners in dental, medical and public health fields.  He also has served for many years as a sharp-minded reviewer and editor of leading journals of our professional field.  Since 1997 he has been editor of Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology.  He has also served as president of the American Board of Dental Public Health.


Dr. Burt’s contribution to the field of public health through research, service, and teaching and mentoring has been well recognized by many other organizations, including the H. Trendly Dean Award for Research Excellence from the International Association for Dental Research and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Public Health Dentistry.


Throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Burt has worked actively to improve the quality of life through improved oral health for millions of people around the world and is particularly deserving of this award.



John W. Knutson was the first dentist to be president of APHA.  He collaborated with Klein in the 1937-47 Hagerstown studies of the epidemiology of dental caries.  In the 1940s he studied outcomes of dental referral programs and systematically researched topical fluoride effectiveness.  He made seminal contributions to the understanding and implementation of the roles of dental health and dentistry in public health.


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 Brown


James Cecil


Charles Gish


Dushanka Kleinman


Esther Colchamiro


Robert Mecklenburg


Alice Horowitz


Viron Diefenbach


Myron Allukian


John Greene


Dennis Leverett


Naham Cons


Herschel Horowitz


Carl Sebelius


Clifton Dummet


Philip Blackerby


Max Schoen


John Frankel


Martha Fales


Walter Pelton


Donald Gallagan


David Striffler


James Dunning


David Ast



Members of the 2006-2007 APHA Oral Health Section

Awards Committee

Ronald Romero, Chair

Andréa Azevedo

Charla Lautar

Larry Hill

John Brown

Jong Awards

The APHA Oral Health Section is pleased to announce the 2007 recipients of the Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Health Pre-Professional Awards sponsored by Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals and The Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Health Post-professional Award sponsored by OMNI Preventive Care, A 3M ESPE Company.  The awards were established in 2006 in memory of the late Anthony Westwater Jong and 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 26th annual John W. Knutson Distinguished Service Award in Dental Public Health and the 2nd annual Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Health Student Awards at the APHA 135th Annual Meeting and Exposition, Washington, D.C., on Monday, Nov. 5, 2007, 6:30-8:00 p.m.  The ceremony will be followed by a celebratory dinner at Marrakesh,  617 New York Ave N.W. Washington, D.C., 20001 Tel: (202)393-9393

Please stay tuned for more dinner details, including the cost and how to purchase tickets.


 Philip K. Josephs, DDS/ MPH (Anticipated May 2008), a student at Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine and the Mailman School of Public Health, is a leader of various student organizations at both the local and the national level.  His leadership and scholarship has been recognized with awards by a variety of organizations including the National Hispanic Health Foundation’s Scholarship, the National Dental Association Foundation’s Scholarship, the American Dental Education Association’s Listerine Preventive Dentistry Scholarship, the Mailman School of Public Health’s Dannheiser Scholarship and others.   During this past academic year Philip was president of the Student National Dental Association.  He is also an elected member of the American Student Dental Education Association.  Philip is the founder and director of Columbia University’s Symposium in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; a directed effort to recruit undergraduate minority students into the dental profession.



  Shannitta Latrease Bridgers, DDS (Anticipated May 2008) began her dental education at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in 2004.  She is an active member of the Student National Dental Association, where she serves as vice president, American Student Dental Association, UNC-Student Research Group, American Dental Education Association, and the Hispanic Dental Association.  She has also been active with the American Medical Students Association by organizing National Primary Care Week, which is an interdisciplinary program educating future health professionals on how to eliminate health disparities facing our nation.  She is currently conducting public health research examining under-served populations, and she has chosen to specifically examine oral health and pregnancy and problems with access to dental care.  Shannitta has also been involved with increasing minority representation within the dental profession by co-chairing the UNC Impressions Program for three years.  She looks for every opportunity to make the most of her education and to help potential dental students understand the responsibilities and joys that go along with a dental school education.  Upon completion of the DDS program, Shannitta plans to pursue graduate education in pediatric dentistry.



 Nadine Braunstein, MS, RD, LDN, CDE, PhD  Candidate (May 2008)is a registered dietitian and a PhD candidate in the Medical Nutrition Sciences Program at the Boston University School of Medicine. She is a past president of The Massachusetts Dietetic Association and recipient of their Distinguished Massachusetts Dietitian of the Year Award. Nadine is an American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellow for the 2007-8 academic year. Her dissertation research is the first to examine the associations of food security and diet quality with caries prevalence and severity in children. Nadine will present a poster, “Household food security and diet quality are associated with early childhood caries prevalence” at the 2007 APHA Annual Meeting. Upon graduation, Nadine hopes to secure an academic position in a university where she can teach and continue her research on nutrition and oral health.



For more information about the Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Public Health Student Awards, please contact one of the 2006 Committee Co-Chairs: Oscar Arevalo, DDS, ScD, MBA, MS, at (859) 323-6400 or or Kathy Lituri, RDH, MPH, at (617) 638-5202 or


I. The Pre-Professional Award, sponsored by Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals, Inc., will recognize 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.


II. The Post-professional Award, sponsored by OMNI Preventive Care, A 3M ESPE Company, will recognize an outstanding community-based research or service project of an oral health nature carried out by a dentist, physician, dental hygienist, nurse, nurse practitioner, social worker and/or other professional with an interest in oral health who is currently enrolled in: 1) an ASPH accredited School of Public Health, 2) a CEPH accredited School of Public Health or Graduate Public Health Program, 3) an ADA-accredited Dental Public Health Program, or,  4) a graduate level/university-based  program with a significant course of study in public health related courses, or who has graduated from such a program in the preceding 12 months. Though applicants are not required to have a degree in dentistry, dental public health or dental hygiene, the application of community-based dental public health principles to the design of the project must be clear. One Post-professional Award will be granted per year.  Please note:  Pre-professional Award recipients may apply for the Post-Professional Award in a subsequent year, but must submit a different project for consideration.  Individuals cannot apply for both the Pre-professional Award and the Post-Professional Award in the same year.



All of the recipients will receive: $200 cash award, a copy of Jong's Community Dental Health, 5th Edition, one-year membership in APHA Oral Health Section, Registration fee to the APHA Annual Meeting, a plaque to be presented at the Oral Health Section Awards Ceremony, Business Meeting, and two tickets to attend the Oral Health Section Reception Dinner following the Award ceremony. In addition, the recipient of The Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Health Post-professional Award sponsored by OMNI Preventive Care, A 3M ESPE Company, will also receive hotel lodging and transportation to the Annual Meeting.


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, enhance, and/or enrich The Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Health  Pre-Professional Award  sponsored by the Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals  and/or The Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Health  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 Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Health Student Awards Committee. APHA is a 501 (c) (3) organization and as such contributions to the fund are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  The APHA Federal ID# is 13-1628688.  Please note: 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 Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Health Student Awards Committee, 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

and mailed to:

The Anthony Westwater Jong Community Dental Health

Student Awards Enrichment Fund at APHA

c/o Tanisha Battle,

American Public Health Association,

800 I Street, NW Washington, DC 20001


OH Booth Staffing Info


The Oral Health Section Needs You!


Dear Members of the Oral Health Section,

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming 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!  The time slots are structured in a manner that is conducive to the Oral Health Section program schedule.   It’s easy, it’s fun, and it’s a great way to meet and great and network.  Simply select a time slot from the list below and contact Lynn Bethel at  or (617) 624-6074.

Thank you. 

Lynn Bethel                                                                                                        Chair, APHA OH Section Booth 2007

The booth will be #349.  We are part of the Mega booth again with Chiropractic
Health Care, Podiatric Health and Vision Care.

Vision Care, #248
Chiropractic Health Care, #249
Podiatric Health, #348
Oral Health, #349


Sunday, Nov. 4

2:30-4:00 (Open the Booth), 4:00-5:30, 5:30-7:00 (New Connections Reception/Exhibition Hall)


Monday, Nov. 5

9:30-10:45, 10:45-12:15, 12:15-2:15, 2:15-4:15, 4:15-5:30

Tuesday, Nov. 6

9:30-10:45, 10:45-12:15, 12:15-2:15, 2:15-4:15, 4:15-5:30


Wednesday, Nov. 7

8:30-10:30, 10:30-12:30 (Close the booth)


For more detailed info, visit APHA

Word from Editor

We are happy to bring you the Spring (Summer) 2007 edition of the Section Newsletter, and would like to encourage everyone to submit articles for the next edition (deadline for submission is September 15, 2007). We would like to know more about local oral health activities and successes that could be publicized to a wider audience.

Please e-mail your submissions to Anuradha Deshmukh