AIDPH hosted its annual colloquium “Reimagining Dental Health Through Resiliency and Community” on August 4 & 5, 2020. This colloquium was focused on strengthening our dental public community through imagining and exploring novel ideas and solutions to improve oral health equity in America. Event speakers included experts from diverse fields to help us examine the roots of inequity in oral health and strategize solutions.
Abdul El-Sayed, MD, Chair at Southpaw Michigan, CNN Contributor presented Understanding The Insecurity Epidemic. His presentation focused on healthcare insecurity and the policies driving chronic disparity. The policy shortfalls exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic are profound and far-reaching. Rebuilding an inclusive and supportive public health infrastructure designed to meet the varying needs of the U.S. population is critical to progress.
Dr. El-Sayed advocates for change driven by empathy policy as the only way forward. He shared ideas to heal the epidemic of insecurity including implementing comprehensive public safety reform, Medicare for All, and access to an inclusive educational infrastructure.
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Caitie Skaggs | AIDPH Staff
The American Institute of Dental Public Health