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Oral Health
Section Newsletter
Spring 2008

Chair's Message

Annual Meeting – October 2008 – San Diego


Registration and Hotel reservations – register by August 15, 2008 to get the lowest cost. Register earlier to ensure you get a hotel reservation. Oral Health Section oral and business sessions will be at the San Diego Marriott, adjacent to the Convention Center where the poster sessions will be held.


Many thanks to a record number of contributors.


Announcements have gone out to contributors who have submitted abstracts. This year, the APHA Oral Health Section will have 60 posters, with 20 on Sunday, Oct. 26, 30 on Monday, Oct. 27, and 10 on Wednesday, Oct. 29. There will be 15 oral presentations by contributors who submitted abstracts. Additionally, there will be seven invited sessions organized by members of the Program Planning Committee; many thanks to the dedication and hard work of those committee members under the direction of Program Chair Dr. Woosung Sohn.


For details on the Scientific Session go to


Thanks to our Sponsors:  LCI Ltd; Colgate; and 3M-Omni.


Thanks to Tracy Finlayson, chair, local arrangements committee in San Diego, for making finding us a great and fun restaurant for the Monday night dinner (see below for details).


Thanks to Gary Podschun at ADA for providing CE Credit for dentists and dental hygienists. We hope this new feature will be a great success.


Thanks to those who helped with constructive suggestions to improve the two new resolutions/policy statements the Oral Health Section has submitted that will be voted on by the Governing Council at the Annual Meeting. These will be posted on the APHA Web site . These are: Opposition to Prophylactic Removal of Third Molars (Wisdom Teeth), authored by Jay Friedman; and Community Water Fluoridation in the U.S., authored by Howard Pollick.


Several Section members have provided testimony in support of maintaining oral health as a focus in Healthy People 2020 at recent hearings. Please contact me if you would like to see what I presented on behalf of the Oral Health Section.


65th Anniversary of the OH Section


At the 2008 Annual Meeting, the Oral Health Section will celebrate its 65th anniversary. We are seeking historical documents that will tell our story. So if you have something, please contact me at


San Diego City Council – Unanimous Vote for Fluoridation


I was fortunate to have been able to provide testimony and answer questions at the San Diego City Council hearing on fluoridation on June 10, 2008. The outcome will provide fluoridated water to the residents of San Diego, the largest U.S. city that had not yet been fluoridated. Georges Benjamin, MD, FACP, executive director of APHA, had signed a letter to the Mayor of San Diego supporting fluoridation for San Diego. Please contact if you would like a copy of the letter.


Monthly Conference Calls


The Oral Health Section leadership has had regular monthly conference calls that have been very useful in providing a forum for exchange of information and input from members as well as moving the Section ahead. In addition, the Program Planning Committee has had regular conference calls that have created what looks like the best scientific session ever.


See you in San Diego!


Submitted by Howard Pollick, BDS, MPH

Annual Meeting Dinner

   Looking forward to seeing you in San Diego!


Get your APHA dinner ticket now!

When: Monday, Oct. 27, 2008

Dinner will start about 8:15 p.m., after the Award Ceremony


   Chopahn Restaurant, Authentic Afghan Cuisine

Located in San Diego’s Historic Gaslamp Quarter, 750 6th Ave, the restaurant is walking distance from Convention Center, about 0.5 mile

Buffet Menu:


* KABOBS – Chicken breast / Tender cubes of beef

* RICE DISHES – Quabili Pallaw / Challaw - Vegetarian

* SABSI - Sautéed spinach


* DESSERT - Firnee, a light pudding

$45 per person

Includes food, 1 glass of wine, tax, tip

Additional drinks may be purchased at the restaurant’s cash bar.

We need a final count by Oct. 1. If you plan to attend, please make sure your reservation now by letting Kathy Lituri know and sending a check for $45 per person. Please make checks out to:

APHA Oral Health Section Enrichment

Account #328079

Send checks to: Kathy Lituri, Secretary, APHA OH Section

Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Dept. Health Policy and Health Services Research

715 Albany Street, 560-3rd floor, Boston, MA 02118

(617) 638-5202 (o) (339) 222-8917 (c)



Knutson Award Annoucement

Since 1982, the APHA Oral Health Section has awarded the John W. Knutson Award to an outstanding dental public health professional. This year’s recipient of this prestigious award is our colleague and friend, John Rossetti, DDS, MPH.


Dr. Rossetti is the current lead Head Start oral health consultant for the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  Dr. Rossetti has also served for 13 years as the chief dental officer for MCHB, HRSA, and as chief dental officer, Dental Services Branch, Indian Health Service. He has held many other positions of leadership in dental public health. His accomplishments are impressive and have had an enormous impact in dental public health policy and programs at the local, state and federal levels.


This year, we had six outstanding professionals who were considered for the award. The committee members want to thank all who submitted nominations. They are: Donna Altshul, Clifton Dummett, Sharavana Gajapathi, Wynn Grossman, Katrina Holt, Alice Horowitz, and Hiroko Ida. Also, many thanks to those who wrote letters in support of their candidates.


The John W. Knutson Award ceremony will be held on Oct. 27, 2008 (Monday) at the Marriott Hotel and Marina from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. during the 2008 APHA Annual Meeting in San Diego. The Knutson Award will follow the Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Public Health Student award from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the same location.


A dinner to celebrate the awards will be held following the ceremony at the Chopahn Afghan restaurant at 750 6th Ave, Gaslamp Quarter  (it is walking distance from the Marriott Hotel and Marina). You are all invited to attend the dinner with friends and colleagues. The price is $45 per person.


Many thanks to the committee members and to Kathy Lituri who assisted with all the logistics of the award.


Come join us in the celebration of Dr. John Rossetti’s outstanding 35+ years of dedication and service to dental public health in the United States.


Additional information regarding the award to follow. In the meantime, please contact me if you have any questions.


Submitted by

Andrea Azevedo, DDS, MPH

2008 Chair, APHA Oral Health Section John W. Knutson Distinguished Service Award in Dental Public Health


The 2008 John W. Knutson Award committee:


Brian Burt (2007 John W. Knutson Award recipient)

Charla Lauter (2009 Committee chair)

Larry Hill (2010 Committee chair)

Jane Steffensen (2011 Committee chair)

Howard Pollick (Section chair - ex officio)

Scholarship Announcement

A $ 25,000 scholarship is available to support dentists pursuing dental public health graduate education. The scholarship is made possible though donations to the AAPHD Foundation and contributions from the Horowitz family.

Submit a completed application form and supporting documents to Dr. Linda Niessen, AAPHD Foundation Chair. For an application, e-mail: .

Deadline is Dec. 15, 2008 for the scholarship to be awarded for the fall 2009 semester.

Jong Awards Annoucement

The recipient of the 2008 Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Health  Post-professional Award sponsored by OMNI Preventive Care, A 3M ESPE Company is Daniel M. Saman, MPH 2008, University of Kentucky College of Public Health.

Three recipients were selected for the 2008 Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Health Pre-Professional Awards sponsored by Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals:

First place:

Betsy Mae Preheim, RDH, 2008, Dental Hygiene Program at  Clark College in Vancouver Washington

Tied for second place:

Adrienne Archidiacono, DMD 2009, Boston University Goldman School  of Dental Medicine, Boston MA   

Maciej Dolata, DMD 2010, The University of Michigan School of Dentistry,Michigan

Word from Editor

  We are happy to bring you the Spring 2008 edition of the Oral Health Section Newsletter, and would like to encourage everyone to submit articles for the next edition (deadline for submission is August 22 - September 22). 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