The ADEA/ W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) meeting Leading Change: Leadership Training Strategies for Inclusion and Academic/Community Partnerships was held March 10–11, 2016, in conjunction with the 2016 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in Denver. This leadership training program included directors from the MDFD I, MDFD II, and MDFD III programs; allied program leaders; and leaders from three of the dental health aid therapist (DHAT) programs sponsored by W.K. Kellogg Community Catalyst (WKKF/CC).
WKKF/CC dental therapists provide care primarily in underserved communities with models in five states—Vermont, Ohio, Kansas, New Mexico and Washington. The shared efforts of MDFD and WKKF/CC leaders benefit the dental health of vulnerable children and families by leveraging resources and community engagement. The joint leadership training provided skills development for increasingly diverse communities and interprofessional team-based care. The interactive training sessions served as a bridge for dental and allied dental leaders through team-building activities based on shared responsibilities and interests.
Wayne Frederick, M.D., M.B.A., FACS, President of Howard University, gave the keynote address. Dr. Frederick expressed his dedication in continuing to extend his alma mater’s legacy as a world-renowned academic and research institution. His keynote message promoted the need for excellence and diversity in higher education.
Leo Rouse, D.D.S., FACP, former Dean of Howard University College of Dentistry (HUCD), and Ray Cohlmia, D.D.S., Dean of University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry, presented the challenges to deans in developing a diverse workforce for the future.
A leadership panel comprised of Melanie Mayberry, D.D.S., M.S.-HCM, University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry; Darryl Pendleton, D.M.D., University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry; Joan Reede, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., M.B.A., Harvard Medical School; and Donna Grant-Mills, RDH, D.D.S., M.Ed., HUCD, discussed leadership through mentoring as a critical factor in faculty development and advancement. Peer mentoring and the use of multiple mentors have become important factors in the satisfaction of trainees and the career advancement of faculty and advanced education students.
The institutional leadership portion of the program was led by three Chief Diversity Officers—Brenda Allen, Ph.D., University of Colorado Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus; Kent Guion, M.D., M.A., University of North Carolina Wilmington; and Charles Alexander, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles. These leaders shared their experiences with the university-wide implementation of diversity policies and strategies. Institutional climate changes were seen as positive outcomes from both resource and strategic effort perspectives.
The session “New Delivery Models for Increased Access to Care” was presented by David Jordan, Dental Access Project and Dental Therapy Network; Tracye Moore, RDH, Ed.D., Northern Arizona University; and Karl Self, D.D.S., M.B.A., University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. The presentation focused on strategies and the importance of expanded roles for allied dental professionals in these model programs. Through team-based care, the models provide vulnerable populations with opportunities for increased access to care.
Ernie Lacy, D.D.S., Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry; Todd Ester, D.D.S., M.S., University of Michigan School of Dentistry; Kenneth May, D.D.S., M.S., University of Michigan School of Dentistry; and MDFD program leaders presented on the continuous quality changes occurring at their institutions through underrepresented student pipeline efforts and support of diversity and inclusion. These programs provide evidence of the value of diversity in academic programs that support institutional policy and benefit all students.
Lily Garcia, D.D.S., M.S., The University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics and former Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors, spoke at the working dinner. She addressed the challenges faced in the preparation and advancement of women in the leadership pipeline. Her personal story was inspiring and informative. She stressed the value of leadership training and skills development as major contributors to her success.
The ADEA/WKKF/MDFDI grant supports leadership training, the development of academic and community partnerships for faculty, and outreach activities directed toward improving the lives of vulnerable children and communities.
ADEA MDFDI Program Leading Change: Leadership and Training Strategies for Inclusion and Academic/Community Partnerships—March 10-11, 2016
ADEA Minority Dental Faculty Development and Inclusion MDFDI Program—Dr. Charles J. Alexander
Leadership Team, Institutional Climate and Institutional Resources—Dr. Brenda Allen
Challenges Facing Us Within a New Generation—Dr. Raymond Cohlmia
MDFDI Program 2004-11 Sustainability and Models of Success—Drs. Todd Ester and Kenneth May
Leading Change—Dr. Donna B. Grant-Mills
Dental Access Project Updates and Developments—Mr. David Jordan
Talking Mentoring Leadership—Dr. Melanie E. Mayberry
Dental Hygiene Workforce Models—Dr. Tracye Moore
Talking Mentoring Leadership—Dr. Joan Y. Reede