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ADEA Participates in the Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health

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SG_OralHealthDr. Jerome Adams is the 20th Surgeon General of the United States. His reports, like those of his predecessors, help to focus the country around key public health issues. Dr. Adams announced the commission of a new report on oral health this summer. ADEA President & CEO Dr. Richard Valachovic, ADEA Senior Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Jeanne Sinkford and ADEA Director of Policy Research Omar Contreras attended the “Surgeon General’s Listening Session on Oral Health” with a diverse group of oral and public health experts.

The 2000 report envisioned a national partnership to reduce disparities and enable individuals, health professionals and their communities to work together to connect the long-standing gap between medical and dental care. During meetings with Dr. Adams and other stakeholders, ADEA promoted integrated, patient-centered, comprehensive care that connects the mouth with the rest of the body. The updated report is supposed to document the progress in oral health, identify existing knowledge gaps and articulate a public health vision for the future. The ADEA AGR team regularly meets with officials from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Members of Congress and congressional staff to ensure oral health remains part of HHS public health policy.

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