Join AIDPH, AAPHD, OPEN, and the APHA Oral Health Section on January 18th as we host activities for a day of racial healing in the oral health community, aligned with the NATIONAL DAY OF RACIAL HEALING SPONSORED BY THE KELLOGG FOUNDATION.
Title: 2022 National Day of Racial Healing for the Oral Health Community
1 Continuing Education Credit Available
Abstract: The oral health workforce in all sectors (e.g. nonprofit, academia, clinical, etc.) is still predominantly White, promulgating inequity in both workforce representation and health outcomes. The lack of representation of historically minoritized people infiltrates patient care and oral health outcomes. Policy action to address systemic racism can create inroads to racial equity and healing both for oral health professionals and the patients they serve. Knowing these disparities and lived experiences exist, how do we advance racial healing in the oral health community? Dr. Eleanor Fleming and Dr. Julie Reynolds will unpack systemic racism and provide opportunities to address within oral health policy. After providing strategic recommendations that advance racial equity and address overlapping inequity in oral health, attendees can ask questions and engage in interactive moderated discussion with the panelists. Attendees are encouraged to attend the National Day of Racial Healing after this event and review materials provided by the national sponsor.
1.Evaluate systemic influences that both facilitate and impede oral health equity.
2. Analyze opportunities to apply policy responses to oral health disparities.
3.Explore inroads to racial healing for both personal and professional work within oral health.
Dr. Eleanor Fleming is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health. She earned her dental degree from Meharry Medical College, completed her dental public health residency at Boston University, and earned her PhD from Vanderbilt University. She completed additional post-graduate training as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer where she investigated disease outbreaks and conducted studies to promote health equity. Over the course of her career, she has developed subject matter expertise on infectious and chronic disease epidemiology, and previously served as the dental epidemiologist overseeing the Oral Health Component of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. She has been the principal investigator on a number of studies and has informed public health surveillance at state, national, and international levels. She holds leadership positions in the American Association of Public Health Dentistry and the American Public Health Association, where she completed a term on the APHA Science Board; she was also actively involved in the National Dental Association serving on its Coronavirus Task Force.
Dr. Julie Reynolds is a board-certified specialist in Dental Public Health and her research is focused on aspects of access and quality of dental care, including Medicaid policy, dental workforce, dental quality measurement and improvement, and teledentistry. At the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, she teaches dental students about public health dentistry and teaches in the graduate program in Dental Public Health. She is also a practicing dentist and provides clinical care to patients in the Faculty General Practice clinic at the College of Dentistry.
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