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UIC COD Professor Selected to Help Lead Global Forum

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Caswell EvansA University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry (UIC COD) Professor and Associate Dean has been appointed as co-chair of the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education. The Forum is an ongoing activity of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine that seeks to advance education for health professionals by bringing together stakeholders from multiple nations and professions in workshops and forums each year. As co-chair, Caswell Evans, D.D.S., M.P.H., will help provide insight and oversight of the forum’s annual workshops and meetings.

“I am quite honored and excited to work with the forum in this capacity,” says Dr. Evans, Professor and Associate Dean of Prevention and Public Health Sciences at UIC COD. “I particularly look forward to working with this group of health care professionals to broaden the conversation around oral health care and to help illuminate a path forward for ensuring that we are educating future health professionals in a way that is effective, responsible and relevant to today’s challenges and tomorrow’s issues.”

Nine countries and 19 health care disciplines are currently represented in the forum, which was convened for the first time in 2012. Dr. Evans said his experience at UIC COD, where he has worked since 2004, gives him a unique perspective to bring to this diverse group of international experts.

“UIC is one of the few dental schools that provides students with exposure to the important issues of health disparities and access to care,” says Dr. Evans.

In his view, health professionals are the “guardians of health for all populations,” and as the forum seeks to advance how health professionals are educated, this needs to be top of mind.

UIC Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Robert Barish, M.D., M.B.A., joins Clark M. Stanford, D.D.S., Ph.D., Dean of UIC COD, in applauding Dr. Evans for this achievement.

“I congratulate Dr. Evans on this opportunity and am very proud to see UIC represented in this highly respected forum,” Dr. Barish says.

“Dr. Evans’ appointment to this forum is evidence of his rich and impressive background in education, dentistry and public health,” says Dr. Stanford.

Prior to joining UIC COD, Dr. Evans worked for the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General as Project Director and Scientific Editor for Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General. He was also Director of Public Health Programs and Services for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and served as faculty at Howard University College of Dentistry, University of Washington School of Dentistry and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry.

Currently, Dr. Evans also serves as a faculty member in the UIC School of Public Health, on the Chicago Board of Health, and on the boards of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago and the Children’s Dental Health Project.

As co-chair, Dr. Evans will serve a three-year term, alongside Deborah Powell, M.D., of the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Courtesy of William S. Bike, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry

Published on February 14, 2018.

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