The Dental Safety Net and Access to Oral Health

Dates: October 27, 2014
Venue: Noon-1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Webinar, Online

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The ability to access oral health services remains a public health challenge—an estimated 108 million people do not have dental coverage. Furthermore, one in four children under the age of 10 who live in poverty had untreated dental caries in 2010, and the number of patients seeking dental care in hospital emergency room departments increased 16% from 2006—2009.

In the United States there are two main access points for oral health services. The two systems—the private delivery system and the dental safety net--largely function independently from one another with different patient populations, practice settings and financing streams. The private delivery system is primarily comprised of individuals with either employer-sponsored health insurance or the ability to pay out of pocket to private dental practices. The dental safety net provides urgent and basic care for millions of Americans facing barriers to access. The populations reliant on the dental safety net are typically uninsured, underinsured and unable to pay for services out of pocket. Additionally, the safety net provides needed services to those more likely to have unmet oral health needs, including the elderly, children, racial and ethnic minorities, medically compromised individuals and those living in geographically remote areas. The dental safety net comprises providers, payment programs and facilities that provide clinical, nonclinical and support services. It includes Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), school-based health centers and academic dental institutions, among other entities.

Academic dental institutions play an integral role in the dental safety net by preparing oral health professionals to deliver quality care to underserved populations. Often, the dental school is the state's largest safety net provider. With a mission to serve the community, academic dental institutions are finding new opportunities to educate dental students, dental hygienists and residents about how to effectively care for underserved communities and embrace their professional responsibilities as leaders in oral health.

This webinar will focus on the following aspects of the dental safety net: (1) the nation's access to care crisis and the need for the dental safety net, (2) the populations reliant on the dental safety net for urgent and basic care, (3) the entities that compose the dental safety net and strategies to increase access and (4) the essential role academic dental institutions play in the dental safety net.

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Presented By: 

HallidayDr. Halliday is the Inaugural Dean of the Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health, A.T. Still University's new dental school located on the Kirksville, MO campus. Dr. Halliday, a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), served as Assistant Surgeon General and Chief of Staff to the Surgeon General of the United States (December 2008-May 2012). His experience includes serving as Director and Chief Dental Officer of the Indian Health Service (IHS) and Chief Professional Officer of the dental category. During his term as Chief Dental Officer of the USPHS, Dr. Halliday coordinated the delivery of oral health services by the Commissioned Corps Dental Officers from the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security. He received his D.D.S. from Marquette University School of Dentistry (1987) and his M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Public Health (2002).

Dr. Halliday has dedicated his professional life to serving underserved populations. He worked in diverse geographical areas such as Barrow, AK for three years and on American Indian reservations in New Mexico and Arizona for seven years. Dr. Halliday held policymaking positions in Washington, D.C., for 13 years, bringing dental and medical services to people who would otherwise not receive them. Dr. Halliday is the recipient of numerous awards and honors from the USPHS and IHS, including an Isolated Hardship Award, a Commendation Medal, an Outstanding Service Medal and the Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Medal.
LamprisDr. Lampiris currently serves as Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Dental Ecology and director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry's Dentistry in Service to the Community (DISC) program. After earning his D.D.S. in 1977 from Temple University School of Dentistry, he served as a U.S. Army dental officer until 1981, when he entered private practice in Chicago. He earned his M.P.H. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1997, at which time he began working for the Illinois Department of Public Health where he worked as Chief of the Oral Health Division. In 2006, he began working with the American Dental Association as Director of the Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations; he held this appointment until 2012. He is a recipient of the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors Distinguished Service Award (2007), an American Dental Association Presidential Citation (2010) and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry's Distinguished Service Award (2013).
Lucas PerryDr. Lucas-Perry serves as the Director of Public Policy Research in the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Policy Center. She is responsible for conducting in-depth research and complex analysis of policy and public health issues affecting academic dentistry and oral health care. She drafts policy position papers, summarizes reports and research and prepares materials that will advance the Association's approved strategic priorities. She works closely with the Advocacy and Government Relations staff on legislative affairs. Dr. Lucas-Perry attended the University of Michigan School of Dentistry where she was the first to complete the dual D.D.S./M.P.H. (Health Management and Policy) degree program in 2011. She completed specialty training in dental public health at the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research in Bethesda, MD. As a dental student and resident, Dr. Lucas-Perry served on the ADEA Board of Directors. She received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Michigan in 2006 and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Public Health in Health Policy at the George Washington University.

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Policy Brief
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Learning Objectives: 

This webinar will enable participants to:

  • Identify the systemic barriers that individuals, communities and populations face when accessing oral health services and the current measures used to define the problem.
  • Describe the complexity of the dental safety net and its role in providing care to the underserved.
  • Explore the role of the academic dental institutions in the dental safety net.

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CE Information:

CE credit is awarded for participation in the live webinar only.

ADEA will email participant evaluations shortly after the conclusion of the webinar. If you would like to earn continuing education (CE) credit for your participation in "The Dental Safety Net and Access to Oral Health," complete the online evaluation in full on or before November 30, 2014. After completing the evaluation, you will have the opportunity to immediately print and save your CE Verification Form.
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The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 1 continuing education credit.  


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