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Oral Health
Section Newsletter
Winter 2004

Section Chair Message

San Francisco in November 2003 offered a beautiful backdrop for the 131st APHA Annual Meeting. More than 12,000 participants attended the meeting and got great exercise trekking across the hills in the City by the Bay, racing between sessions, 4,000 scientific papers presented and exploring the gigantic exhibit hall with over 600 exhibitors’ booths.

Members of the Oral Health Section had the opportunity to hear from colleagues about their efforts to implement policies, programs, and practices to improve oral health. The Oral Health Section collaborated across disciplines and jointly sponsored sessions with the other APHA Sections including the Vision Care, Chiropractic Health, and Maternal and Child Health Sections. The Oral Health Section program covered a myriad of topics including efforts to enhance surveillance, oral epidemiology, and health services research. An invited panel discussed current research efforts to reduce disparities in early childhood caries. We learned about school and community-based approaches for prevention and discussed the expansion of community water fluoridation and fluoride varnish programs. Other sessions reviewed different strategies to increase access to oral health care and highlighted outreach programs to link oral health care in communities. Several oral and poster sessions described innovative ways to improve oral health among pregnant women, infants and young children, school-age children, adolescents, their parents and families. Presenters outlined opportunities to address the oral health and general health needs of children, adults, and the elderly and highlighted the integration of oral health with general health. If you were unable to attend the Annual Meeting in 2003 but are interested in a topic, the abstracts for all 2003 APHA Annual Meeting Sessions are posted at <>.

Thank you to 2003 Annual Meeting Program Chair Sandie Beebe as well as Scott Presson and Oscar Arevalo for your efforts in planning the program. In addition, thank you to Oscar Arevalo for coordinating continuing education as well as everyone who contributed to the meeting by serving as abstract reviewers, session moderators, session assistants, presenters, and participants. The Oral Health Section wishes to acknowledge the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and appreciates their sponsorship of a plenary session and social.

Special appreciation goes to Clemencia Vargas for organizing the Oral Health Booth as part of the Award-Winning “Mega Booth” in collaboration with the Vision Care, Chiropractic Health Care, and Podiatry Sections in the exhibit hall. Thank you to all the volunteers assisting with materials, working at the booth and Steve Silverstein, UCSF for organizing the screening. Also, thanks to John Brown, Policy Committee Chair and an appreciation to section members covering the policy development efforts during the year and at the Annual Meeting.

During the Annual Meeting Dr. Dushanka Kleinman was honored with the John W. Knutson Distinguished Service Award (See Article in this Newsletter). Congratulations to Dushanka for her many years of distinguished service in dental public health. Appreciation goes to Knutson Award Chair John Brown and committee members Stuart Lockwood, Scott Presson and Diane Brunson. The Oral Health Section would like to recognize the Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals of the Colgate-Palmolive Company for continued support of the John W. Knutson Distinguished Service Award. In addition, thank you to Howard Pollick and his Local Arrangements Committee for organizing the Oral Health Section dinner in San Francisco. Please note that Stuart Lockwood is serving as the Knutson Award Chair. He is requesting that nominations for the 2004 Award be forwarded to him by March 31, 2004. Please review the announcement in this newsletter and nominate an honoree for dedicated service in dental public health.

The Oral Health Section would like to offer a special thank you to Secretary Carmen Jaramillo, Oral Health Section Councilors Maria Canto and Scott Presson, and Governing Councilor Sue Sanzi-Schaedel for their years of service to the Oral Health Section. A warm welcome to Oral Health Section Secretary Kathy Lituri, incoming Oral Health Section Councilors Oscar Arevalo and Eli Schwarz and Governing Councilor Julie Jannsen. They are joining current Oral Health Section Council members: Dyan Campbell, Chair-Elect, Andrea Azevedo, Immediate Past-Chair, Budi Shrestha, Karen Zinner, Ron Romero, and Amos Deinard, Oral Health Section Councilors and Larry Hill, Governing Councilor.

Also serving in Oral Health Section leadership roles during the coming year are Nominations Chair Andrea Azevedo, Membership Chair Sheranita Hemphill, Public Policy Chair Amos Deinard, Knutson Award Chair Stuart Lockwood , Newsletter Editor Magda de la Torre, Assistant Newsletter Editor Kathy Lituri, Annual Program Chair Sandie Beebe, Continuing Education Chair Oscar Arevalo, Exhibit Booth Chair Clemencia Vargas, and Local Arrangemnets Coordinator Alice Horowitz.

Please note: Any Oral Health Section member interested in becoming involved in section activities is welcome to contact me or the section leadership as listed on the leadership roster in this newsletter.

Plan ahead now! Mark your calendar to visit Washington, D.C., and attend the 2004 APHA Annual Meeting Nov. 6-10, 2004. If you are interested in working on the Oral Health Section Program, please contact Sandie Beebe, 2004 Annual Meeting Program Chair, <> or (618) 453-7202.

As I write this message the new year is under way, and the primary elections are in the news. I think ahead to the next Fall 2004 and consider how the political landscape will be a week after the national elections when APHA meets in Washington, D.C.

Celebrate National Public Health Week

For more information, visit <>.

Dr. Dushanka Kleinman Receives 2003 John W. Knutson Distinguished Service Award

Pictured L to R; Dr. John P. Brown, Mr. Joel Kleinman, Jane Steffensen, APHA Oral Health Section Chair, Dr. Dushanka Kleinman, 2003 Knutson Awardee, Ms. Ana Aranda, Colgate Representative
The John. W. Knutson Distinguished Service Award has been presented each year since 1982 by the APHA Oral Health Section 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.

The award is named for John W. Knutson who served as the first dentist to be president of APHA. He collaborated with Klein in the 1937-1947 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 role of dental health and dentistry in public health.

The 2003 Knutson award was presented to Dr. Dushanka Kleinman by the Oral Health Section during the Annual Meeting in November in San Francisco. Kleinman is the chief dental officer of the United States Public Health Service and deputy director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) of the National Institute of Health.

She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry in 1973, completed a residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals Zoller Clinic, and then in 1976 obtained the Master of Science degree in Dental Public Health from Boston University. She served as a faculty member at the University of Maryland before being commissioned into the U.S. Public Health Service Corps in 1978, and presently holds the rank of Rear Admiral.

Dr. Kleinman is a diplomate and past president of the American Board of Dental Public Health, Past President of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, and served as Oral Health Section Editor, Councilor and Governing Councilor of APHA.

As the Deputy Director of NIDCR, she oversees with the Director the Institute’s wide scope of extramural and intramural biomedical and behavioral research and related policy, plus programmatic and advisory committee activities. In addition she represents the NIDCR programs at all levels of government, and ensures effective liaison with national and international research and public health communities.

She is experienced in preventive dentistry, epidemiology, geriatric dental education curriculum development, in tobacco control, injury prevention and women’s health. She established the Healthy Children Ready to Learn Initiative. Dr. Kleinman played a major role in overseeing and managing the development of the first Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health, and the associated national Conference on Children and Oral Health.

Dr. Kleinman is a distinguished practitioner of public health, the quintessential ambassador for dental public health, and a gracious and generous colleague.

An award of $1,500.00 was provided by Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals of the Colgate-Palmolive Company. Ana Aranda represented Colgate at the awards ceremony. Dr. Kleinman has generously requested that this award be retained by APHA Oral Health Section for educational purposes. An inscribed silver tray commemorating the occasion was presented during the 131st APHA Annual Meeting by members of the AHPA Oral Health Section.

Congratulations, Dr. Kleinman!

Call for 2004 Nominations for John W. Knutson Distinguished Service Award in Dental Public Health

Nominations are requested for the John W. Knutson Distinguished Service Award, which is conferred by the Oral Health Section at the APHA Annual Meeting, based on the following criteria: a distinguished career in dental public health; leadership in the profession; and significant accomplishments. Nominees may have had public health careers at the local, state, national or international level in dental public health practice, academia, the military, business or industry, and will be a present or past member of APHA. Candidates who were recommended but did not receive the award in previous years may be resubmitted. To nominate a candidate for the 2004 Award, submit a curriculum vitae or biographical information and letter(s) of recommendation regarding the candidate by March 31, 2004 to the Chair of the Oral Health Section Award Committee:

Stuart A. Lockwood, DMD, MPH
State Dental Director
Alabama Department of Public Health
201 Monroe Street
RSA Tower, Suite 1364
Montgomery, AL 36104
(334) 206-2952 phone
(334) 206-2950 fax

Questions may be directed to Dr. Lockwood at: <> or (334) 206-2952.

Award-Winning Multi-Section Mega Booth

Special thanks to Clemencia Vargas for organizing the Oral Health Section exhibit as part of the 1st Place Award Winning “Mega Booth” in the exhibit hall along with other Mega Booth members: Vision Care, Chiropractic Health Care, Podiatry and Oral Health Sections.

Message from the Exhibit-Booth Chair:

“I would like to recognize the invaluable collaboration of Mayte Canto for ordering and sending the educational material, Irene Hilton for receiving and delivering that material (very heavy boxes!), Steve Silverstein for organizing the screening, Magda de la Torre for bringing her beautiful photos, and all of the booth volunteers and screeners who did an amazing job keeping the booth alive. Also, I want to acknowledge the participation of POH with their contribution of bendable toothbrushes and black dental floss.”

Until next year,
Clemencia Vargas

Community Connections: A Public Health Experience for Boston University School of Dental Medicine Students

Contributed by:
Kathy M. Lituri, RDH, MPH
Clinical Instructor, Oral Health Promotion Coordinator
Boston University School of Dental Medicine (BUSDM)
Department of Health Policy and Health Services Research
Division of Community Health Programs

The Surgeon General's Report on the Oral Health of the Nation released in May 2000 showed that although oral health in the United States has improved greatly over the last half-century, there is a silent epidemic of oral disease affecting poor children, the elderly, and many members of racial and ethnic minorities. At the same time, according to the American Dental Education Association, the numbers of underrepresented minority students enrolling in the nation's dental schools is far below their proportion in the U.S. population and has dropped significantly over the last decade.

In an effort to reduce oral health disparities and increase access to oral health care to disadvantaged populations, Boston University School of Dental Medicine (BUSDM) launched the New England Dental Access Project (NEDAP) in Fall 2002. The project is supported by a five-year grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through its Pipeline, Profession and Practice: Community-Based Dental Education national program. The goals of NEDAP are: (a) to develop and enlarge community-based clinical education programs at BUSDM that provide care to underserved populations throughout New England; and (b) to develop, implement, and monitor programs to increase recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority and low-income students.

Additionally, NEDAP aims to facilitate student identification and addressing of dental care needs of underserved communities through modifying existing courses and developing new coursework that focuses on cultural competence and practicing the public health model.

In the Summer of 2003, a NEDAP pilot program enabled 12 Boston University School of Dental Medicine (BUSDM) DMD IV students to plan and implement a public health initiative, either within an existing program or as a new effort, while fulfilling a 10-week clinical externship at a community health center. In collaboration with the health center’s medical director and dental Ddirector, and under the guidance of the school’s Division of Community Health Programs (CHP), the students had the option to work independently or in pairs on their projects.

Each student dedicated 10 percent of their time, or one half day per week, on their project. The project could address any public problem, and was not restricted to a “dental” problem or issue. Following individual meetings with CHP’s Director, Michelle Henshaw, DDS, MPH, the group gathered for an “Introduction to Planning Community Programs” presentation and question and answer session.

In addition to general oral health awareness, the eight projects focused on such public health issues as diabetes, early childhood caries, periodontal disease and tobacco cessation, as well as the oral health needs specific to elders, adolescents, infants and toddlers. The 12 students worked with physicians, pediatricians, nurses, health educators, and community activists. The communities served by all of the centers are socioeconomically disadvantaged, and clients presented with a wide range of cultural and linguistic considerations.

Two of the eight projects are highlighted below:

“Free Screening for Early Childhood Caries (ECC) on Infants and Toddlers and Nutritional Counseling” was conducted by George Vessiropoulos at the Brookside Community Health Center in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. This project provided oral health promotion, education on early childhood caries prevention as well as dental screenings and referrals in both English and Spanish to a predominantly Hispanic population. Although the project was implemented by Brookside’s Dental Department, the project crossed over multi-disciplines at the center, especially the Department of Pediatrics. Vessiropoulos was surprised to see how many parents showed a genuine interest in learning more about their child’s oral heath and how to prevent dental disease, and that prior to this project the parents he encountered were concerned yet uniformed. Prior to this experience, Vessiropoulos had considered himself a victim of the ‘drill and fill’ approach to dentistry and has come to realize that a practitioner is only as good as his/her skills to motivate and educate their patients in becoming active participants and contributors to their own dental care.

Esther H. Kim and Chandon Advani launched a project entitled, “Addressing the Dental Needs of Geriatric Patients in the Elders’ Service Plan.” Their primary objective was to address the oral health needs of geriatric patients in adult day care centers in Dorchester, Mass. The clients in the program have varied medical conditions and take an assortment of daily medications with such side effects as xerostomia or increased cariogenicity from sweetened tablets or liquids. Some of the clients have high levels of anxiety and/or dementia, and many are frail with limited control over their physical actions. They found that in managing the overall well-being of their patients, the health aides at the center often overlook or did not give enough importance to their patient’s daily dental needs. Kim and Advani designed an oral health presentation specific to elders as a training tool for the center’s health aides. The hands-on interactive presentation also provided the center with an ample supply of denture kits, toothbrushes, and a wide variety of self care products. In addition, they designed a three-fold color pamphlet that covered such issues as basic oral hygiene, denture care and fit, oral cancer, and proper nutrition that was made available not only to the elder day care facility but to the families of the elders as well. The students worked closely with the Directors of the Geiger-Gibson Community Health Center and the Elders’ Service Plan. Both Kim and Advani agreed that the project made them more knowledgeable about such topics as denture care and oral lesions common among the elderly population. They learned the importance of communicating effectively with the caregivers of dependent people and that there are many psychological, social, physical, medical and time factors that act as barriers to attaining good oral health.

Beginning in the Summer of 2004, all BUSDM students will be expected to complete a public health project during their externship in the fourth year of pre-doctoral training.

Community Dental Health Certificate Program—A Vision Becomes a Successful Reality

Contributed by:
Midge Pfeffer, RDH, BS, CDHC
Instructor/Program Coordinator
Northeast WI Technical College

In 1996, Nancy McKenney, RDH, MS, dental hygiene faculty member at Northeast WI Technical College in Green Bay, Wis., envisioned the development of a Community Dental Health Certificate Program.

Her vision was to develop a Certificate Program in Community Dental Health as an option in public health education for graduate dental professionals. As a result of working in the community with associate degree dental hygiene students as their Community Dental Health Course Director, it seemed obvious that soon it would be important for dental professionals to seek careers in public health to reach the underserved. Establishing community, evidence-based programs for populations who had little or no access to oral health care would be the focus of the Program.

The reality of the vision began in 1998 with approval from the College for the development of a curriculum and the acquisition of grant funding from Eastern Wisconsin Area Health Education Center. Nancy convened the Wisconsin State Chief Dental Officer, Dr. Warren LeMay, and other public health stakeholders throughout the state. Advice from these public health experts was elicited regarding competencies that would be incorporated in the certificate education program. A learning specialist was also part of the team to ensure the most effective curriculum development.

The subsequent process resulted in a 12-credit program consisting of four, three-credit hour courses taken in a progressive sequence beginning with Public Health Basic Principles moving on to Public Health Dental Principles and Public Health Communication. The Public Health Programs course completes the certificate.

The first class of eight learners began in the fall of 1999 with a traditional face-to-face delivery at the College in an accelerated weekend program. Interactive technology soon became necessary to accommodate long-distance learners. Online development for program delivery was a natural progression in reaction to the growing interstate interest.

The Program is in its fifth year, and all four courses are delivered through Web-based education to many other states as well as Canada. Learners are dentists, dental hygienists and dental hygiene faculty along with non-dental public health workers who come from all levels of professional public health service and private practice. Expressed reasons for acquiring the certificate include: job satisfaction; promotion; job opportunity; and expanded knowledge in public health. An interactive discussion board is a highlight of the Program and is indicative of the enthusiasm and dedication of the learners who are linking dental public health activities across the country.

Nancy McKenney remains a consultant for the certificate program as she fulfills her daily responsibilities as the Wisconsin State Oral Health Consultant. Midge Pfeffer, RDH, BS, CDHC, oral health project manager with Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin, and Judy White, RDH, MPH, manager of research and analysis with the Arizona Department of Health Services, are program instructors.

If you have an interest in acquiring the Community Dental Health Certificate, you can view course competencies and basic information at <>, and contact Midge Pfeffer at <> with any specific questions or to begin the registration process.

Institute of Medicine Report: IOM Report Calls for Universal Health Coverage by 2010; Offers Principles to Judge, Compare Proposed Solutions

The Institute of Medicine is a component of the National Academy of Sciences, an independent organization chartered by Congress to advise the government on scientific matters.

A new report released by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies states that the president and Congress should strive to achieve universal health coverage in the United States by 2010.

The committee that wrote the report offered five guiding principles by which all proposals for extending coverage should be judged:

1. Health care coverage should be universal.
2. Health care coverage should be continuous.
3. Health care coverage should be affordable to individuals and families.
4. The health insurance strategy should be affordable and sustainable to society.
5. Health care coverage should enhance health and well-being by promoting access to high-quality care that is effective, efficient, safe, timely, patient-centered, and equitable.

This is the sixth and final report in a series sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Institute of Medicine is a private, nonprofit institution that provides health policy advice under a congressional charter granted to the National Academy of Sciences.

Copies of Insuring America's Health: Principles and Recommendations are available from the National Academies Press; tel. 202-334-3313 or 1-800-624-6242 or online, <>. The report costs $27 (prepaid) plus $4.50 shipping for the first copy and $.95 for each additional copy. The report is also available at <>.

American Dental Association Calls for Preventive Dentistry, Geriatric Oral Health Awards Entries

The American Dental Association, Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations (CAPIR) is now accepting entries for its 2004 Community Preventive Dentistry Award and Geriatric Oral Health Care Award programs.

The deadline for entries is May 14, 2004. Any not-for-profit program in the United States or its territories is eligible. Eligibility is not limited to dental personnel; however, a dentist entrant must be a member of the ADA.

The Community Preventive Dentistry Award recognizes individuals and organizations that have developed significant preventive dentistry projects. The first place recipient will receive a $2,500 check and a wall plaque, while meritorious awards of $500 may be granted to up to three other entrants.

Any individual or organization responsible for creating and/or implementing a community program concerned with some aspect of preventive dentistry may enter. Relevant community programs involve members of the dental team and include: school programs; programs for special populations and high-risk groups; media public information programs; community education activities; tobacco-use cessation activities; and early detection of oral cancer and treatment programs.

The Community Preventive Dentistry Award was established in 1972 and is sponsored through by the ADA through its Foundation with the generous support of Johnson & Johnson Oral Health Products.

Begun in 1984, the Geriatric Oral Health Care Award recognizes those individuals and organizations that have improved the health of older adults through innovative community outreach activities. The first place recipient will receive a $2,500 check and a wall plaque. A meritorious award of $500 may be granted to one other entrant.

Any individuals or organizations responsible for creating and implementing a project concerned with geriatric oral health can submit an entry. Appropriate geriatric programs involve members of the dental team and include: nursing home, homebound and hospital programs; media and public information programs; dental practitioners' and/or caregivers' educational activities; and oral health care delivery programs.

The Geriatric Oral Health Care Award is sponsored through the ADA Foundation with the generous support of a grant from the Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Group.

Any not-for-profit program in the United States or its territories is eligible to submit an entry for either award. Eligibility is not limited to dental personnel but a dentist entrant must be a member of the ADA.

Descriptions of winning entries from past years for both award programs are available. For more information, a Compendium of Winning Entries, award program flyers and brochures, entry forms and suggestions for preparing a program summary, may be downloaded from the ADA Foundation Web site at <>, or you may contact:

Award Programs
Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations
American Dental Association211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Telephone: (312) 440-2673

Increasing the Racial and Ethnic Diversity of the U.S. Health Care Workforce

Despite the increasing diversity of the U.S. population, some racial and ethnic minorities continue to be grossly underrepresented among health professionals.

The W. K. Kellogg Foundation has asked the Institute of Medicine to conduct a study to assess the potential of institutional and policy-level strategies to increase diversity in health professions. This study considers whether these interventions may assist in efforts to increase diversity among health professionals, in conjunction with on-going "pipeline" efforts to improve minority student preparation and motivation for health professions careers.

The IOM will assemble a study committee with expertise in areas such as health professions education, minority health, health care service delivery, economics, law, statistics, and health policy that will conduct an 18-month study to identify institutional and policy-level strategies for increasing the diversity of the U.S. healthcare workforce.

For more information on this effort, visit <>.

The IOM released a report in February on diversity in the health care field. Titled, "In the Nation's Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Health Care Workforce," the report looks at institutional and policy-level strategies designed to increase diversity among health care professionals.

The report addresses strategies that could increase diversity including:

  • Admissions policies and practices of health professions education institutions;

  • Public sources of financial support for health professions training;

  • Standards of health professions accreditation organizations pertaining to diversity;

  • The "institutional climate" for diversity at health professions institutions; and

  • The relationshiop between community benefit principles and diversity.

Copies of the report are available from the National Academies Press, <>. More information also is available from the Institute of Medicine's Web site, <>.

Myron Allukian Flying Feet Dance Contest

The APHA Oral Health Section followed tradition and hosted the “Myron Allukian Flying Feet” Dance Contest on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003, at The Starlight Room at the top of the historic Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco. Music was provided by the Fred Ross Project and by D.J. Sammi.

The competition was tough, but without a doubt the winners were the dynamic dancing duo of Sandi Beebe and Amos Deinard. The winners received festive Mexican hats from Chevy’s Restaurant and the admiration for their stamina and coordination by all who attended.

Congratulations, Sandi and Amos, and we'll see you next year with your dancing shoes. All other section members start practicing for next year or sign up for dancing classes. Whatever you do just come prepared to dance your feet off in D.C.

Publications: Retention of Natural Teeth Among Older Adults

Over the past several decades the percentage of older adults who have their natural teeth has increased steadily.

A new CDC report, using data from the 2002 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), provides the first state-specific estimates of adults aged 65 years and older who report having most of their teeth (i.e., having lost no more than 5 teeth to disease). Although rates varied widely among states, in more than half the states, the majority of older adults had most of their natural teeth. In three states (California, Colorado, and Utah) 60 percent or more of older adults reported having most of their natural teeth. Retention of teeth was less common among adults with limited education and household income, non-Hispanic blacks, current smokers, people with diabetes, and those reporting fair or poor general health. Increased tooth retention results in improved oral function and quality of life. However, with increased tooth retention, older adults remain at risk (vulnerable) for the two most common oral diseases, tooth decay and gum disease, and could benefit from an array of preventive approaches.

Publications: CDC Releases New Guidelines for Infection Control In Dental Care Settings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released the Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings, 2003. The 2003 Guidelines update previous guidelines issued in 1993 and 1986 and consolidate recommendations from other relevant CDC guidelines and standards as well as those of other major infection control organizations.

The 2003 Guidelines introduce a broader term, “standard precautions,” which are protocols to protect against exposures to blood, saliva, mucous membranes, and broken skin, rather than “universal precautions,” which are measures intended only to prevent exposures to blood.

The two-part document reviews scientific evidence regarding dental infection control issues plus consensus evidence-based recommendations. Current issues such as management of occupational exposures to infectious microorganisms transmitted through contact with blood and other body fluids; dental unit water quality; selection and use of dental devices with features designed to prevent needlesticks and other injuries from sharp objects; hand hygiene products including alcohol handrubs; latex hypersensitivity; dental radiology; program evaluation as well as management of personnel health and safety issues in dental practices are addressed.

“Proper infection control procedures can prevent transmission of diseases to patients and dental health care personnel," said Dr. William Kohn, Associate Director for Science in CDC’s Division of Oral Health. “This new document provides the latest information to assist the dental profession in maintaining its already strong record of safe dental care.”

The 2003 Guidelines recognize the need for future research on infection control and are being distributed to practitioners, dental and allied dental education programs, state boards of dental examiners, and dental laboratories. A slide presentation for training in dental health care settings will be available on the CDC Oral Health Infection Control Web site in early 2004. A companion workbook and six Web-based training modules are being developed by the Organization for Safety & Asepsis Procedures (OSAP) and will be available at <> upon completion.

The CDC Division of Oral Health seeks to improve the oral health of communities by extending the use of proven strategies to prevent oral diseases, enhancing monitoring of oral diseases, strengthening the nation’s oral health capacity, and guiding infection control in dentistry both domestically and internationally. The full report, "Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings, 2003," can be found at <>. More information about infection control practices in dental care settings, can be found at <>.

Publications: JADA Supplement on Diabetes and Oral Health

The latest research and recommendations for dental professionals on the treatment of patients with diabetes are available at <>. "Diabetes and Oral Health: Treating the Patient with Diabetes Mellitus," a supplement to the Journal of the American Dental Association, is posted in the JADA Supplements and Special Reports content area. Reports including diagnosis and management, periodontal treatment, practice management considerations, educational resources and other related topics are available for download in PDF format. This special edition of JADA was made possible through an educational grant from the Colgate-Palmolive Company.

Message from the Editor

Hello Oral Health Section Members:

I want to thank everyone who during this previous year has contributed and/or assisted in the development of the Oral Health Section Newsletters. I am very glad to inform Section Members that Kathi Lituri has volunteered to serve as Newsletter Editor Assistant along with her responsibilities as Section Secretary. It will be our goal to communicate important information and keep the Section updated on current events, concerns, programs and collaborations. As the year progresses and you prepare for coming events and new efforts, consider submitting an article or announcement. I look forward to working with all of you to make our Oral Health Section Newsletter a newsworthy publication.

Thank you,


Magda A. de la Torre, RDH, MPH
Department of Dental Hygiene
School of Allied Health, UTHSCSA
Mail Code 6244
San Antonio, TX 78229-3900
Phone: (210) 567-8834
Fax: (210) 567-8843

Next Newsletter Due Date for article submission is: May 15, 2004

APHA 132nd Annual Meeting 2004 – Washington, D.C.


APHA 132nd Annual Meeting 2004 – Washington, D.C.
“Public Health and the Environment”
Nov. 6-10, 2004

Visit APHA Annual Meeting Web site <>
for Updates on Registration and Program

APHA Annual Meeting: Future Years’ Locations & Dates

2005 November 5-9,
"Evidence-Based Policy and Practice"
New Orleans, LA

2006 November 4-8,
Boston, MA

2007 November 3-7,
Washington, DC

2008 October 25-29,
San Diego, CA

2009 November 7-11,
Philadelphia, PA

2010 November
Denver, CO

Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Meetings

National Oral Health Conference
Joint Annual Meetings of the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) and American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD)

May 3-5, 2004
Pre-conference Sessions will be held from April 30-May 2, 2004
Airport Marriott Hotel
Los Angeles, California
For more information visit: <> or <>

National Rural Health Association 27th Annual Conference and 10th Annual Rural Minority and Multicultural Health Conference
May 26-29, 2004
San Diego, California
For more information visit: <>

American Dental Hygienists’ Association
June 23-30, 2004
Hyatt Regency Dallas
Dallas, Texas
For more information visit: <>

Special Care Dentistry and the International Association for Disability and Oral Health (IADH)
August 24-27, 2004
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
For more information visit: <>

Oral Health Section Leadership 2003-2004

Jane E. M. Steffensen, MPH, CHES (2002-2004)
Department of Community Dentistry
Dental School, UTHSCSA
7703 Floyd Curl Drive, Mail Code 7917
San Antonio, TX 78229-3900
Phone: (210) 567-5567
Fax: (210) 567-4587

Dyan Campbell, BSN, MPH (2002-2004)
National Director, PRASAD Project
Children’s Dental Health Program
465 Brickman Road
Hurleyville, NY 12747
Phone: (845) 434-0376
Cell: (914) 797-6159
Fax: (845) 434-0377

Immediate Past Chair
Andréa Azevedo, DDS, MPH (2002-2004)
3151 Yarwood Way
Sacramento, CA 95833
Phone: (916) 650-0312
Fax: (916) 650-0306

Kathy M. Lituri, RDH, MPH (2003-2006)
Clinical Instructor, Oral Health Promotion Coordinator
Boston University School of Dental Medicine
Dept. Health Policy and Health Services Research
Division of Community Health Programs
715 Albany Street, 560-3rd floor
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: (617) 638-5202
Fax: (617) 638-6381

Section Council
Buddhi M. Shrestha, DDS, MS, PhD (2002-2004)
Chair, Rochester/NYS Oral Health Coalition
Director, NYS Oral Health Technical Assistance Center
Vice-President Oral Health
Rochester Primary Care Network
259 Monroe Avenue, Level B
Rochester, NY 14607
Phone: (585) 325-6786, ext. 305
Fax: (585) 325-2293

Karen Zinner, MPH (2002-2004)
76 R St.
Salt Lake City, UT 84103
Phone: (801) 538-6850
Fax: (801) 538-6510

Ron Romero, DDS, MPH (2003-2005)
Director, Office of Dental Health
New Mexico Department of Health /PHD/ HSB
1190 St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: (505) 476-8924
Fax: (505) 476-8932

Amos S. Deinard, MD, MPH (2003-2005)
Department of Pediatrics
University of Minnesota
Mayo – Mail Code 85
420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: (612) 638-0700, ext. 212
Digital Pager: (612) 899-2147
Fax: (612) 627-4205

Oscar Arevalo, DDS, ScD, MBA, MS (2004-2006)
Director, Outreach Programs
Temple University School of Dentistry
3223 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140
Phone: (215) 707-5865
Fax: (215) 707-5719

Eli Schwarz, DDS, MPH, PhD, FHKAM (Dent. Surg.) (2004-2006)
President and CEO
Global Alliance for Oral Health
1918 Hazeltine Court
Henderson, NV 89074-1076
Phone: (702) 896-3658
Fax: (702) 896-57624

Governing Council
Julie A. Janssen, RDH, MA (2003-2005)
Illinois Department of Public Health
535 W. Jefferson
Springfield, IL 62761
Phone: (217) 785-4899
Fax: (217) 524-2831

Lawrence F. Hill, DDS, MPH (2002-2004)
Dental Director
Cincinnati Health Department
3101 Burnet Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45229
Phone: (513) 357-7380
Fax: (513) 357-7385

Newsletter Editor
Magda A. de la Torre, RDH, MPH
Assistant Professor
Department of Dental Hygiene
School of Allied Health Sciences, UTHSCSA
7703 Floyd Curl Drive, Mail Code 6244
San Antonio, TX 78229-3900
Phone: (210) 567-8834
Fax: (210) 567-8843

Assistant Newsletter Editor
Kathy M. Lituri, RDH, MPH
Clinical Instructor, Oral Health Promotion Coordinator
Boston University School of Dental Medicine
Dept. Health Policy and Health Services Research
Division of Community Health Programs
715 Albany Street, 560-3rd floor
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: (617) 638-5202
Fax: (617) 638-6381

Awards Chair
Stuart A. Lockwood, DMD, MPH (2003-2004)
Director Oral Health Branch
Alabama Department of Public Health
201 Monroe Street
RSA Tower, Suite 1364
Montgomery, AL 36104
Telephone: (334) 206-2952
Fax: (334) 206-2950

Program Chair
Sandra Nagel Beebe, RDH, PhD
College of Applied Science and Arts, MC 6615
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
(Home address)
69 Roosevelt Road
Carbondale, IL 62901
Office Phone: (618) 453-7202
Office Fax: (618) 453-7020

Local Arrangements,
Washington D.C. November 2004

Alice M. Horowitz, PhD
Natcher Building Room 3AN-44B
45 Center Drive MSC 6401
Bethesda, MD 20892-6401
Phone: (301) 594-5391
Fax: (301) 594-8254

Continuing Education
Oscar Arevalo, DDS, ScD, MBA, MS
Director, Outreach Programs
Temple University School of Dentistry
3223 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140
Phone: (215) 707-5865
Fax: (215) 707-5719

Exhibit/Booth Chair
Clemencia M. Vargas, DDS, MPH, PhD
Department of Pediatric Dentistry
University of Maryland Dental School
666 West Baltimore St, Room 3-E-11
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 706-2678

Membership Chair
Sheranita Hemphill, RDH, MS, MPH
Professor, Allied Health
Department of Dental Hygiene
Sinclair Community College
444 West Third Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402-1460
Phone: (937) 512-2565
Fax: (937) 512-4175

Policy Committee Chair
Amos S. Deinard, MD, MPH, Chair
Department of Pediatrics
University of Minnesota
Mayo – Mail Code 85
420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: (612) 638-0700, ext. 212
Digital Pager: (612) 899-2147
Fax: (612) 627-4205

APHA Action Board, Oral Health Section Representative
Karen Zinner, MPH
76 R St.
Salt Lake City, UT 84103
Phone: (801) 538-6850
Fax: (801) 538-6510

Nominations Chair
Andréa Azevedo, DDS, MPH (2002 – 2004)
3151 Yarwood Way
Sacramento, CA 95833
Phone: (916) 650-0312

800 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20001-3710
Phone: (202) 777-APHA