Oral Health
Section Newsletter
Winter 2009

Chair's Message

Hello to the Oral Health Section!

As the incoming chair of the Oral Health Section, I’m looking forward to leading the Section in this time of change. I’d like to welcome and recognize our new Section leadership team that continue their terms or began their terms at the end of the October 2008 meeting in San Diego. This is the first issue for our new Newsletter Editor, Jay W. Friedman.  We appreciate the effort and dedication to the Oral Health Section. A big thank-you is also due the outgoing officers as well as those who helped on committees, such as Membership, Awards, Newsletter, etc. Thanks to outgoing Section Councilors Wanda Wright and Woosung Sohn, Governing Councilor Magda DeLa Torre, and Immediate Past Chair Dyan Campbell. Thanks also to Newsletter Editor Anuradha Deshmukh, Membership Committee Chair Beth Hines, and Webmaster Tim Cooke for their service. A special thank you to Howard Pollick for his outstanding service as Section chair and to Kathy Lituri for her continued dedication as secretary. While APHA does much to support our activities, much of the Section’s success is due to the volunteer efforts of our membership.

What a great Annual Meeting in San Diego! There is more information in this Newsletter on the meeting, the awards received, and the two oral health policies we guided through for approval on water fluoridation and removal of third molars. A great job was done by the Program Planning Committee chaired by Woosung Sohn, local arrangements by Tracy Finlayson, booth coordination by Lynn Bethel, and everyone else who helped with the awards ceremony, the business meetings, the booth, the new policies, and those who served as moderators. The scientific program included 10 oral sessions and six poster sessions developed by the Oral Health Section, and, of course, a number of relevant multidisciplinary sessions sponsored by other Sections. The oral sessions and posters were of very high caliber, and we thank the authors and presenters for making the program stimulating and informative. Thanks to our sponsors whose generosity enhanced the meeting and allowed us to support our awards programs: LCI, Ltd., Omni, a 3M ESPE company, and Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals, Inc. We also received recognition for the 65th anniversary of the Oral Health Section.

Our next Annual Meeting will be in Philadelphia Nov. 7-11, 2009. David Cappelli is heading up the Program Planning Committee, and I’m confident we’ll have another outstanding scientific program for you. I hope you have submitted an abstract. Make plans now to join us in Philadelphia!

With the new administration in Washington, I’m sure many of you are hopeful for a renewed emphasis on oral public health. SCHIP reauthorization has been signed into law by President Obama. An estimated 11 million children will have a required dental benefit. The $33-billion legislation should increase coverage of low-income children from the current 7 million to 11 million in the next 4½ years, a reduction in half of uninsured children. It will be funded by increasing the tax on cigarettes from 61 cents to $1 a pack. The legislation includes a number of other dental measures, such as a state option for dental-only supplemental coverage, FQHC contracting with private dentists, prenatal oral health education, strengthening of reporting, improved availability of information about dental providers, and inclusion of dental measures in quality measures. 

There also appears to be some potential funding in the economic stimulus package. Along those lines, APHA continues to enhance their advocacy activities, while attempting to be more strategic. You should be receiving APHA Legislative Alerts by e-mail for selected issues. I hope you take a few minutes to use the CapWiz system link to write e-mail letters to your Senators and Representative. You can start with the suggested letter, or the letters are easily customized as desired, e.g., to include an oral health aspect. It only takes a few minutes. Try it ― you’ll like it. See  http://www.capwiz.com/apha/home/. 

Another APHA initiative to facilitate communication within Sections is coming in a few months ― e-Communities. It’s an upgraded listserv and bulletin board system for Section members. Many features can be customized by you, and e-Communities should be a good platform to exchange information and discuss current topics.

The Oral Health Section continues to participate in the process to develop Healthy People 2020. In addition to testifying at the Regional Hearings last year, we continue to participate with a group including ASTDD, AAPHD, ADA, ADHA and other partners. We are working with DHHS agencies (CDC, HRSA, NIDCR, and IHS), and the PHS Chief Dental Officer, to develop draft oral health objectives. A meeting will be held March 3-4 to work on the draft objectives. Stay tuned.

For those of you new to the Oral health Section, we welcome your involvement in Section activities, whether on a committee or by running for an office. And for those who have already been through a leadership experience, give some thought to getting involved again. Feel free to contact me or any member of the Section leadership.

Best wishes for a wonderful, successful 2009.

Scott Presson, Chair

 

Oral Health Section Leadership Roster 2009

 

Chair: Scott M. Presson, DDS, MPH

Phone: (678) 778-4847

spresson@bellsouth.net 

 

Chair-Elect: Oscar Arevalo, DDS, ScD, MBA, MS

Phone: (859) 323-6400

oralchair05@yahoo.com 

 

Immediate Past Chair: Howard F. Pollick, BDS, MPH

Phone: (415) 476-9872

howard.pollick@ucsf.edu 

 

Secretary:  Kathy M. Lituri, RDH, MPH

Phone: (617) 638-5202

lituri@bu.edu

 

Secretary-Elect: Natalie A Hagel, RDH, MS

Phone: (617) 636-3968

natalie.hagel@tufts.edu

 

Section Councilors:

Sandra Nagel Beebe, RDH, PhD

Phone: (618) 453-7202

sbeebe@siu.edu 

 

Giuseppina Romano-Clarke, MD

Phone: (617) 288-3230

Giusy.Romano-Clarke@dorchesterhouse.org

 

Lynn A. Bethel, RDH, BSDH, MPH

Phone:  (508) 208-5259

lynnabethel@aol.com 

 

David P. Cappelli, DMD, MPH, PhD

Phone: (210) 567-3180

cappelli@uthscsa.edu 

 

Elizabeth A. Hines, MPH, RDH

Phone: (770) 488-5222

bua5@cdc.gov 

 

David M. Krol, MD, MPH

Phone: (419) 383-4523

david.krol@utoledo.edu 

 

Governing Councilors

Oscar Arevalo, DDS, ScD, MBA, MS

Phone: (859) 323-6400

oralchair05@yahoo.com 

 

Amos S. Deinard, MD, MPH

Phone: (612) 377-1020

deina001@umn.edu

Regrets From Your Ex-Editor

Dear Friends:   

It is with great regret that I have to say goodbye to you all as the “Ex-newsletter editor” of the Oral Health Section of APHA. I am both happy and sad at the same time to leave this position. Happy because I am pursuing my post-doctoral program in periodontology at Boston University, which is keeping me extremely busy. Sad because I will be missing out on interacting with you all in the meantime.   

I had an enjoyable journey as the newsletter editor. I would like to take this opportunity to give  thanks to all of you for your help in making the newsletter a great success. And my special thanks and gratitude to Kathy Lituri,  Howard Pollick, Scott Presson and  Alice Horowitz for their ongoing support and encouragement.  My heartiest congratulations to Jay Friedman for his nomination to this position. My best wishes to him and Scott Presson for a successful term.   

I hope to be back in action in the OH Section in the future. Please do not hesitate to contact me for any assistance at: anuradha@bu.edu.    See you all soon. 

Best wishes,       
Anu
Anuradha Deshmukh 

From the Editor

2008 has been a momentous year for our Oral Health Section. In addition to a robust program of lectures, panel discussions and poster sessions at APHA’s 136th Annual Meeting in San Diego in October 2008 that was well-attended by our membership, two of the 12 policies adopted by the Governing Council were initiated by our Section. [For all policies, visit www.apha.org/advocacy/policy.]

 

  1. Community Water Fluoridation in the United States (Policy 20087)

    This policy, submitted by the Oral Health Section, is a reaffirmation and updating of APHA’s previous policies supporting community water fluoridation (CWF). It uses the “position paper” policy format to give an extensive report of the current scientific and evidenced-based knowledge related to best public health practices. Developed by Howard Pollick, with support of the Oral Health Section, the policy statement includes 140 references, a measure of Howard’s thoroughness. As a position paper and policy statement, it  covers all aspects of fluoridation, including efficacy and safety, legal issues, alternative sources and supplements, side effects, cost-effectiveness. It carries the full weight of APHA as the nation’s premier multidisciplinary public health organization. The policy should serve you well in your efforts in advancing CWF. It’s a must-read for everyone promoting water fluoridation. 
    Click here for the complete policy.

  1. Opposition to Prophylactic Removal of Third Molars (Wisdom Teeth) (Policy 20085)

This policy, submitted by the Oral Health Section, is a position paper that concludes prophylactic removal of third molars is not supported by current evidence and is not recommended. The author of this policy shall be unnamed to protect my anonymity. It was adopted by the Governing Council after thorough review and modification by members of our Section and the Joint Policy Committee. An oral surgeon, representing the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, predictably opposed the policy at the Annual Meeting’s public hearing.

Click here for the complete policy. 

 

I am personally grateful and proud of our Oral Health Section for its support, of the Joint Policy Committee for recognizing the evidence-basis of the policy, and of the Governing Council for its final approval.

 

It is now up to us to make use of these policies, to disseminate information on why community water fluoridation should be universal and why prophylactic removal of wisdom teeth is not recommended. It is up to us to raise the health literacy ― the consciousness ― of the public and of stakeholders and decision-makers in making informed health care decisions.

 

Jay W. Friedman 

(drjfriedman@sbcglobal.net)

The John W. Knutson Distinguished Service Award in Dental Public

The John W. Knutson Distinguished Service Award in Dental Public Health 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 . An award of $1,500 and a commemorative plaque are presented by Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals of the Colgate-Palmolive Company.

John W. Knutson was the first dentist to be president of APHA, in 1957. He collaborated with Henry 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 public health dentistry.

John P. Rossetti, DDS, MPH, the 2008 awardee, received his dental degree from West Virginia University and his MPH in Health Planning/Policy, Regulation, and Clinical Management from the University of California, Berkeley. He completed a Dental Public Health Residency at the Office of Chief Dental Officer, Public Health Service, in Rockville, Md. in 1986, and in the same year became a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health.

Beginning his public health career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Puerto Rico and Panama, Dr. Rossetti

John Rossetti accepts the Knutson award from Susan Ferrante, Sr. Manager Academic Relations of Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Howard Pollick presiding.
 continued his commitment to excellence as a dental officer with the U.S. Air Force in Thailand in 1972 and with the Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. He continued his distinguished service with the USPHS, Indian Health Service (IHS) until he became the Assistant Chief for Dental Health Services for IHS from 1986 until 1989. Dr. Rossetti then served as Chief Dental Officer at the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), until his current position as the lead Head Start Oral Health Consultant to MCHB and HRSA.

Dr. Rossetti is a leader in the areas of training, policy development, strategic planning, implementation, coordination and evaluation of oral health programs with an emphasis in systems building. He has provided outstanding leadership in oral health needs assessment, Special Olympics, child abuse prevention, and the Healthy People 2000 dental sealant objective. His efforts have led to sponsorship of national meetings such as the National Oral Health Conference, creation of the Head Start Consultant Manual, and support of state oral health program development. He is also responsible for the establishment of a national oral health systems development grant program for states and communities, a national MCHB funded school-based/school linked dental sealant program, a state fluoridation grant program, the HRSA/MCHB Oral Health Resource Center, and the National Oral Health Policy Center.

Dr. Rossetti has received numerous awards that recognize his exemplary and distinguished career in dental public health. He has served on over 70 governmental and non-governmental advisory committees, and is a member of many public health organizations. He has been an APHA member since 1980.

One of his colleagues wrote: "John's record of humanitarian contributions extend far beyond the field of oral health. His work speaks volumes about his concern for his fellow human beings, especially for those often referred to as the underprivileged, making Dr. John Rossetti a well deserving recipient of the 2008 John W. Knutson Distinguished Service Award in Dental Public Health."

[Go to www.apha-oh.org/Knutson/index.htm for previous Knutson Awards]


Call for Nominations for the 2009 Knutson Award

APHA Oral Health Section

 

Nominations for the John W. Knutson Distinguished Service Award are being accepted.

 

Criteria include:

·      Outstanding contribution to improve oral health in the United States.

·      Distinguished career at the local, state, national or international level in dental public health practice, academia, military, business or industry.

·      Leadership in the profession.

·      Significant accomplishments.

·      Past or present member of APHA.

           

Nomination procedure:

·      Submit a curriculum vitae or biographical information of nominee.

·      Letter(s) of recommendation for this award.

 

Please send nomination package to:

                        Charla J. Lautar, RDH, PhD

                        Chair, Knutson Award Committee

                        School of Allied Health/MC 6615

                        Southern Illinois University

                        Carbondale, IL 62901

                        cjlautar@siu.edu

                        FAX: (618) 453-7020

 

Further information: Charla Lautar at (618) 453-7211 or 453-8860 or www.apha.org.

 

Deadline for submission: May 29, 2009

 

Tax-deductible contributions can be made to the APHA Oral Health Knutson Memorial Account. Click here for the APHA Donation Form.

 

 

The Anthony Westwater Jong Awards

The Anthony Westwater Jong

Memorial Community Dental Public Health Student Awards

Two 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 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 2008 recipients of The Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Public Health Pre-Professional Awards are:

 

Betsy Mae Preheim, RDH 2008, a recent graduate of the Dental Hygiene Program at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash. After graduating high school in 2000, Betsy spent four years in the Air Force. She became interested in the homeless population of Clark County and the oral health issues they faced while enrolled in a dental public health class. After conducting a needs assessment and an access-to-care survey, Betsy took the lead, collaborated with community partners and organized and facilitated a dental health day that provided over $20,000 worth of dental services to homeless people. Betsy believes an important element of public health is reducing health disparities for the under-served and hopes to continue in this effort.

 

Adrienne Archidiacono, DMD 2009, a fourth-year dental student at Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine. In her freshman year Adrienne joined BU’s American Student Dental Association, serving as its Community Outreach chair. From the start, Adrienne began planning local community health projects, which have grown every year under her leadership. This past year, she expanded oral health promotion at a local Boys and Girls Club to include a sealant and fluoride program. Adrienne’s involvement in community health dentistry has expanded her interest beyond clinical-based procedures. She wants to take her career beyond the confines of the operatory through planning and implementation of programs that will improve oral health care at a local and national level.

 

Maciek Dolata, DDS 2010, a third-year student at The University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Maciek has displayed a keen passion for oral public health. He is interested in the way dental services are provided to under-served populations and in mechanisms to improve their delivery through greater efficiency, effectiveness, and better quality. Maciek played a leading role in a study investigating the current status and operation of community dental clinics in Michigan, for which he won a first prize in a student research competition. He plans to expand his knowledge, skills and understanding of public health in order to improve the oral health status of the public.

 


The 2008 recipient of The Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Public Health Post-Professional Award  

Daniel Saman, MPH 2008, a recent graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. Daniel is a research assistant at the Division of Dental Public Health at the University of Kentucky, College of Dentistry. As part of his capstone project, Daniel conducted a Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis of the distribution of licensed dentists across rural, urban and Appalachian Kentucky. Daniel plans to attend dental school and then practice in Appalachian Kentucky, a place with severe unmet dental needs. In the future he plans to be instrumental in the development of policies and programs that will improve access to oral health care.

 


 

Call for Nominations for the 2009 Jong Awards

 

In memory of 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 of the American Public Health Association is pleased to announce the 4th annual student award categories for 2009:

 

The Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Health Pre-Professional Award  

 

The Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Health Post-professional Award

 

The deadline for applications is May 13, 2009. Applications should be sent to:

Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Award Committee

C/o Kathy Lituri, RDH, MPH

Secretary, APHA Oral Health Section

Boston University School of Dental Medicine

Division of Community Health Programs

715 Albany Street, 560, #340, Boston, MA 02118
Tel: (617) 638-5202, Fax: (617) 638-6381

E-mail: lituri@bu.edu

 

Decisions will be announced by July 1, 2009

 

Click here for more information about the Jong Awards and a copy of the Application Form.

 

Tax-deductible contributions can be made to the Anthony Westwater Jong Community Dental Health Student Awards Enrichment Fund at APHA. Click here for an APHA Donation Form.  

 

 

 

Myron Allukian Achievement Award to Jared Fine

The 2008 Myron Allukian Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievements in Community Dental Health  goes to Jared Fine, Dental Health Administrator for the Alameda County Department of Public Health in Oakland, Calif., for exemplary service to communities, distinguished leadership, creativity in promoting essential public health services, achieving results through collaborative efforts with other health professionals and organizations, and demonstrating sensitivity to addressing the needs of special populations. Jared Fine’s career has exemplified the public health philosophy of service to communities. For more than 30 years, he has been a leader in dental public health at the local, state and national levels. In addition to directing the dental public health activities of a large urban county health department, he has been the president of his local dental society and has served as chair of the board of the Dental Health Foundation and of the Oral Health Section of APHA. Click here for a complete description of the award  in the September 2008 issue of The Bellweather, a classy newsletter of the American Association for Community Dental Programs. 

Dental Therapists Gaining Momentum

From Alaska to Minnesota to Maine, there is increasing interest in dental therapists as a means to enlarge the dental workforce and increase access to oral health care. Alaska is in the forefront, having deployed dental therapists, named Dental Health Aide Therapists or DHATs, in rural communities since 2004. The first three cohorts of this program were trained at Otago University in New Zealand, where dental therapy was initiated in 1921. The “All-Alaska” program transferred training from New Zealand to the new DENTEX training program in Alaska. Developed by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in conjunction with the University of Washington Medical School, the first class of four DHATs has just graduated, bringing the total number of practicing DHATs in Alaska to 14. Current DENTEX students in their first and second year of training also total 14. The Kellogg and Rasmuson Foundations have recently contracted the Research Triangle Institute International (RTI) to evaluate the practicing DHAT in Alaska (Photo Courtesy of Ron Nagle)

Items of Interest

Tracy Finlayson Receives Drotman Award

On Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the APHA Annual Meeting in San Diego, Tracy Finlayson, PhD, was honored at the APHA Public Health Awards Ceremony

Tracy Finalyson receives Drotman Award from APHA President-Elect

Cheryl Easley

with the Jay S. Drotman Memorial Award. The award honors a health worker or student, age 30 or younger, who has demonstrated potential in the health field by challenging traditional public health policy or practice in a creative manner. Tracy received the award for her work in the area of oral health disparities. Her research and advocacy move beyond traditional approaches to this major public health problem to investigate and address both individual and systemic risk factors. Dr. Finlayson's dissertation research with the University of Michigan Detroit Dental Health Project investigated how low-income African American mothers’ behavioral and psychosocial factors affect the oral health and dental practices of their young children. Several papers based on her dissertation research on oral health disparities have already been published in major public health dental journals, and she continues to tirelessly investigate and publicize the problem. She also currently works with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Center to Address Disparities in Oral Health (CANDO) on several projects, including studies analyzing dental utilization patterns among Hispanic farmworkers, and children's oral health risk assessment evaluation. Tracy, an Oral Health Section member, in accepting the award, expressed her passion for improving oral health through public health
efforts. 

Congratulations to Tracy! 

 

                                                     


Myron Allukian Delivers the 2009 John C. Greene Lecture

 

Dr. Allukian is an internationally recognized expert in dental public

Dr. Myron Allukian, Jr. is congratulated by Dr. John Greene (r) on being selected to give the 2009 John C. Greene Lecture for the University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry

health and the second dentist in APHA's then 118 year history to be an APHA President. He has been chair of the Oral Health Section twice and the only person in APHA's history to be chair of both the Committee on Affiliates and the Intersectional Council. Dr. Allukian's lecture was on: Are You Ready? Dentistry's Challenges: Today and Tomorrow. It was presented on Jan. 24, 2009 at the South San Francisco Conference Center. 

 

 Dr. Greene was the first non-physician to be U.S. Deputy Surgeon General and he also served as the Chief Dental Officer for the U.S. Public Health Service. He was the Dean of UCSF Dental School and established it as the top dental school in the country in research funding for at least the past 12 years. He developed the Greene and Vermillion OHI and played a key role in promoting oral health in the United States in addition to being personally involved in preventing the use of spit tobacco by high-profile athletes.


Oral Health Section 65th Anniversary

The Oral Health Section was formerly the Dental Health Section from 1943 to 1991. Since its inception, members have served as leaders

      Scott Presson receives 65th

      Anniversary plaque on behalf

      of Oral Health Section from 

     APHA President Linda Degutis

on APHA councils, committees, and editorial boards. Three Oral Health Section members, John Knutson in 1955-56, Myron Allukian, Jr. in 1989-90, and Caswell A. Evans, Jr. in 1994-95 have served as APHA President.

Each year since 1982, the APHA Oral Health Section bestows the John W. Knutson Distinguished Service Award in Dental Public Health and recognizes eminent contributions to public health and oral health. In 2006, the Section launched the first annual Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Health Student pre-professional and post-professional Awards. (The awards for 2008 are described elsewhere in this issue.)

The Oral Health Section and its members have proposed many resolutions and policy statements that have become APHA policy. Such policies include: Support for the Alaska Dental Health Aide Therapist and Other Innovative Programs for Underserved Populations (2006); Evidence-Based Dental Care (1997); First Oral Health Assessment (1999); Pit and Fissure Sealants (1984); Dental Health in a National Health Program (1977); Fluoridation of Public Water Supplies (since 1955). The most recent policies are Community Water Fluoridation in the U.S. (2008); and Opposition to Prophylactic Removal of Third Molars (Wisdom Teeth) (2008), as referenced in the Newsletter Editorial.


NINETEENTH Annual APHA Public Health Materials Contest

The APHA Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section is soliciting your best health education, promotion and communication materials for the 19th annual competition. The contest provides a forum to showcase public health materials during the APHA Annual Meeting and recognizes professionals for their hard work.

All winners will be selected by panels of expert judges prior to the 137th APHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.  A session will be held at the Annual Meeting to recognize winners, during which one representative from the top materials selected in each category will give a presentation about their material. 

Entries will be accepted in three categories; printed materials, electronic materials, and other materials.  Entries for the contest are due by March 27, 2009.  Please contact Kira McGroarty at kmcgroar@jhsph.edu  for additional contest entry information. 

 


NIDCR Funds Centers for Research to Reduce Disparities in Oral Health

(E-Newsletter: Jan. 29, 2009)

In September 2008, the NIDCR again funded Centers for Research to Reduce Disparities in Oral Health.  In doing so, the Institute continues its commitment to understanding and eliminating the disproportionate burden of oral diseases suffered by segments of the U.S. population, including the poor, racial and ethnic minorities, and people with acquired or developmental special needs.  The Centers for Research to Reduce Disparities in Oral Health are located at:

Boston University
http://www.creedd.org/
University of California, San Francisco
http://dentistry.ucsf.edu/cando/
University of Colorado at Denver
http://aianp.uchsc.edu/cnohr/index.html
University of Florida
http://www.dental.ufl.edu/Offices/TakeTheBite/
University of Washington
http://depts.washington.edu/nacrohd/

At these centers, teams of investigators from diverse disciplines and backgrounds, in partnership with communities, are conducting research on dental caries and oral/pharyngeal cancer.  In addition to the Oral Health Disparities Centers initiative, the NIDCR funds numerous and varied types of studies focused on understanding and eliminating inequalities that exist in a wide range of disadvantaged communities and populations.  For additional information about oral health disparities research, contact Ruth Nowjack-Raymer, phone: (301) 594-5394, e-mail:  Ruth.Nowjack-Raymer@nih.gov

 

2009 Upcoming Events

American Dental Association 2009 Access to Care Summit

Everyone’s invited: ADA leadership, dental specialty and special interest groups, federal agencies, health care policy-makers, the dental industry, advocacy groups, the education and research communities, financing communities including third party payers and philanthropy, safety net providers, non-dental health care providers, constituent and component dental volunteer leaders, and state dental society executive directors. Question to be addressed: “What are we going to do, in the short and the long term, both individually and collectively to assure optimal oral health through prevention and treatment for underserved people?” Click here for more information.

March 23-25, 2009

ADA Chicago Headquarters

 www.ada.org

 

DHHS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Town Hall Forum on Medicaid Oral Health Issues

To discuss access to dental care for Medicaid eligible children. Beneficiaries, providers, dentists, industry representatives, and other interested parties are invited to this meeting to present their views, concerns and recommendations related to oral health issues. Open to the public, but attendance is limited.  April 1 deadline to register.

April 6, 2009

Baltimore

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-1294.htm 

 

American Association of Community Dental Programs

To serve the oral health needs of vulnerable populations at the community level. Meets the day preceding the National Oral Health Conference.

April 19, 2009

Portland, Ore.

www.aacdp.com

 

National Oral Health Conference

Sponsored by ASTDD, AAPHD, Health Resources and Services Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A comprehensive program covering diversity in the workforce, school-based sealants, dental education, fluoridation, infrastructure, partnering, cancer detection, and even social responsibility for improving oral health, and much more.

April 20-22, 2009

Portland, Ore.           

www.nationaloralhealthconference.com

 

USPHS Scientific & Training Symposium

The theme for the 2009 Symposium is "Leading a Strong Public Health Workforce for a Healthy America." The 3½ day conference will address emerging trends, research break-throughs and critical issues in public health.

June 1-4, 2009

Atlanta

www.phscofevents.org   

 

American Dental Hygienists Association

The latest in clinical guidelines, infection prevention and control, anti-infection periodontal therapy and complicating medical problems.

June 17-23, 2009

Washington, D.C.

www.adha.org

 

National Dental Association

96th Annual Convention -
The mission of the National Dental Association is to represent the concerns of ethnic minorities in dentistry, to elevate the global oral health concerns of underserved communities, to enhance educational and financial opportunities, and public policy awareness, for its members, and to recruit underrepresented minorities into the profession through advocacy and mentorship.

July 24 - 29, 2009

Jacksonville, Fla.

www.ndaonline.org

 
World Congress on Preventive Dentistry

The 9th World Congress on Preventive Dentistry will be a major scientific meeting on preventive oral health care.  Occurring only every four years, it is guaranteed to be a place where innovative ideas are shared and progress is made. The three-day congress will be centered around the theme, "Community Participation and Global Alliances for Lifelong Oral Health for All”. Sessions, symposia and poster presentations will be held to complement the theme and allow participants to develop community action plans. The meeting will culminate with a declaration, resulting from the ideas shared and progress made among participants. The World Health Organization will serve as a co-host of this congress, strengthening the post-meeting impact across communities, worldwide.  (Abstracts Submission Deadline April 24, 2009)

Sept. 7-10

Phuket Thailand

www.iadr.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3777

 

American Dental Association

Annual Session

Leaders in dental practice, research, academics and industry present more than 180 continuing education courses over four days.

Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 2009

Honolulu, Hawaii

www.ada.org 

 

National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network

3RNet Annual Conference and Meeting

Presentations will focus on pipeline development, dental recruitment, tracking systems, reaching medical students, and stretching state’s loan repayment dollars.

October 14-16, 2008

Omaha, Nebraska

www.regonline.com/3RNetAnnConf2008

  

Hispanic Dental Association

Annual Meeting

The Hispanic Dental Association, formed in 1990, is the only national organization of dental professionals dedicated to promoting and improving the oral health of the Hispanic community and providing advocacy for Hispanic oral health professionals across the United States.

Oct. 23-24, 2009

Houston, Texas

www.hdassoc.org  

 

APHA

Annual Meeting

Water and Public Health: the 21st Century Challenge

[We should all drink to that, provided it’s fluoridated….editorial privilege]

Nov. 7-11, 2009
Philadelphia
www.apha.org

Miscellany

Landmark oral health legislation signed by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Jan. 15 authorizes “public health dental hygienists,” including their ability to directly bill for services. To view the entire Chapter 530, go to: http://www.mass.gov/legis/laws/seslaw08/sl080530.htm

  

Save Your Wisdom Teeth has taken on a new meaning. For an enrollment fee of $590 + $100 and $100 per year thereafter, StemSave (www.stemsave.com) will quick freeze and save the stem cells in the pulp of 1-4 extracted teeth (wisdom and deciduous preferred) in perpetuity or as long as you live or have an annual hundred bucks to spare. The cost-benefit and benefit (regenerated kidney vs dialysis, for example) of this “potential” for regenerating degenerated parts is yet to be determined. Research stemming from this development should be of interest to all preservationists.


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