WASHINGTON – The Howard University College of Dentistry will host a day-long program on June 1 entitled “The Past, Present, and Future of Oral Health.” Beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library, the event will cover the scientific basis for the interrelationship of oral and systemic health and how it disproportionately affects minority and poor Americans.
In 2000, former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher labeled the phenomenon a “silent epidemic.” The World Health Organization (WHO) now considers dental disease among the top diseases currently targeted for eradication. The United States Public Health Service estimates that 6,803 dental health professional shortage areas (DHPSAs) – areas where access to dental care is minimal or missing – exist in America. Currently, 64 million adults and children reside in the DHPAs.
Following a welcome by President Wayne A. I. Frederick and an introduction by Provost Anthony Wutoh, dental professionals, including Dean Andrea Jackson, will provide commentary on diversity and Howard’s mission.
The University’s main objectives for the program are to understand the role of educational institutions in academic and community partnerships regarding oral and social determinants of health; to distinguish leadership levels in new models for interdisciplinary delivery and coordinated healthcare; and identify programs for early recruitment of students, pipeline/pathway programs, and other efforts that expand the minority applicant pool and contribute to the successful graduation of dental and allied dental professionals.
A reception and book signing will follow the conclusion of the event at 2 p.m. in the Gallery of the library. Authors Shelia S. Price, DDS, EdD, M.A. and Jeanne C. Sinkford, DDS, PhD will discuss their book, “Undaunted Trailblazers: Minority Women Leaders for Oral Health.” Attendees that register for the event will receive a free signed copy of the book.
If interested, register for “The Past, Present, and Future of Oral Health” event by clicking the link here.