AIDPH hosted its annual colloquium “Confronting Inequity Through Oral Health Policy” on January 14 and 15, 2020. This year’s colloquium featured expert speakers from diverse backgrounds to lead the discussion around inequities in public policy and how clinicians, policy makers and leaders can affect change.
In this panel, Dennis Borel, the executive director of the Coalition for Texans with Disabilities, and Dr. Scott Howell of the Special Care Dentistry Association, discuss accessibility to dental care for disabled adults, ongoing state and national legislative efforts, and paths available to dental professionals to acquire skills to best meet the needs of individuals with disabilities.
More than 50 million Americans are diagnosed with a disabling condition. Of those, over 25 million experience a severely physically limiting disability. Individuals with disabilities experience a disproportionate burden of inequity, particularly within the health care system. Access to care and limitations in clinical skills often lead to complicated care delivery within this special population. This session focuses on promoting advocacy, elevating clinical knowledge, and innovating health delivery to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities.
Contribute to the conversation! What initiatives can we take to provide accessible specialty care to individuals with special needs?
If you’d like to know more about the 2020 AIDPH Colloquium, you can check out the Book of Proceedings.
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Caitie Skaggs | AIDPH Staff
The American Institute of Dental Public Health