Reede Scholars 8th Annual Health Equity Symposium
“Integrated care: Oral Health’s Role in Equity.”
May 11, 2017
Pechet Room, Joseph B. Martin Conference Center
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115
Oral health is integral to overall health. Addressing oral health inequities is central to achieving overall health equity. This year our theme, “Integrated care: Oral Health’s Role in Equity,” will examine new models in the journey to health equity.
In the US, oral health disparities are profound and pervasive for some populations despite improvements in oral health globally. Vulnerable populations continue to experience higher prevalence of tooth decay, periodontal diseases, and oral cancers despite efforts to address the social determinants contributing to these disparities. Vulnerable populations include the economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, the uninsured, low-income children, the elderly, the homeless, those with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and those with other chronic health conditions, including severe mental illness.
Understanding the social determinants of health, the political, and environmental contributors among vulnerable populations, is paramount to developing effective strategies to achieve oral health equity. Conversations among stakeholders, including: regulators and policy makers, payers, providers, consumers, and advocacy organizations, have created innovative opportunities to address the multiple factors contributing to oral health inequity.
The 2017 Reede Scholars Health Equity Symposium, “Integrated care: Oral Health’s Role in Equity” will assemble panelists to explore the changing landscape for oral health focusing on: 1) structural changes in education and training, 2) innovative care delivery models, and 3) political and policy implications for achieving oral health equity.
DeSti Consulting, LLC
Instructor in Pediatrics
Boston Children’s Hospital
Senior Advisor, Office of the CEO
Associate Dean for Prevention & Public Health Sciences
University of Illinois-Chicago
College of Dentistry
Walter C. Guralnick Distinguished Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Chief of Oral Health
Cambridge Health Alliance
Instructor, Harvard School of Dental Medicine