Oral Health Disparities and Initiatives to Eliminate Them
Clemencia Vargas DDS, PhD
Francisco Ramos-Gomez, DDS, MS, MPH – Professor, Section of Pediatric Dentistry, UCLA School of Dentistry
SYMPOSIUM PANEL B PRESENTATION
Disparities in oral health and oral health care across the life-span in the US will be discussed with emphasis on the Latino population. Successful and promising oral health initiatives to eliminate those disparities will be identified and those pertinent to the Latino community will be highlighted. We will discuss access barriers to dental care from the patient perspective, in urban and rural communities; and will provide an overview of local and state strategies that have provided increased access to oral health care.
1. At the conclusion of this panel, participants will be able to compare and contrast the oral health of Latinos and other socio-demographic groups in the US.
2. To identify barriers to oral health care common to Latinos and other sociodemographic groups.
3. To discuss oral health initiatives that have the potential to eliminate disparities in oral health.
4. To recommend oral health initiatives that could improve Latino’s oral health.
|Myron Allukian, Jr., DDS, MPH||American Association for Community Dental Programs|
|Gina Thornton-Evans, DDS, MPH||Center for Disease Control|
|Linda Kaste, DDS, MS, PhD||UIC College of Dentistry|
|Rachel Spector, PhD, RN, CTN, FAAN||Boston College – Retired|
|Oscar Arevalo, DDS, ScD, MBA, MS||University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine|
|Michael Monopoli, DMD, MPH, MS||DentaQuest Foundation|
|Chris Halliday, DDS||US Surgeon General Office|
|Gina Peksa, RDH||Illinois Dental Hygiene Association|
|David Udoye Anyadike, MD, FAAP||Private Practice|
|George Zeppenfeldt-Cestero||Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives|
|Victor Rodriguez, DDS||Private Practice|
|Irubiel Barbosa, DDS||Private Practice|
|Vidal Balderas, DDS, MPH||UTHSC-San Antonio Dept. of Community Dentistry|
|Maria Alma Martinez||Dental Student|