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The Southeastern Health Equity Council Hosts an Oral Health Town Hall

posted Oct 23, 2014, 12:24 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:50 PM ]
On September 25, in Nashville, TN, the Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC) kicked off their Annual Review and Planning Session with an interdisciplinary town hall meeting about oral health disparities. The meeting was moderated by Reuben Warren, Profession and Director of Bioethics at the Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care. Presentations were given by Charae Farmer-Dixon, Dean and Professor of the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry; Eleanor Fleming, Public Health Dentist; Ralph Fuccillo, Chief Mission Officer and President of DentaQuest; Steve Geiermann, Senior Manager, Access Community Oral Health Infrastructure and Capacity at the American Dental Association; David Krol, Senior Program Officer at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Elizabeth Lense, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Florida College of Dentistry; and Patrice Pascual, Executive Director of Children’s Dental Health Project.

Key takeaways from the town hall include:
  • We are living in a health inequity belt.
  • Working upstream to address oral health disparities should be our focus
  • Our charge is to change the status quo.
  • Interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral, and interprofessional collaboration may be on tool to produce policy changes.
  • Equity is at the core of changing the system
  • Academic institutions have an important role to play.
  • Our next steps may include building an oral health equity movement.
  • Moving a regional agenda forward will require consistent messaging and championing a specific health equity message.
A summary and presentations from this event may be downloaded below.

Tech Support,
Oct 23, 2014, 12:24 PM
Tech Support,
Oct 23, 2014, 12:24 PM