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Translational Science and Academic Approaches to Value-Based Care: Conclusions from the AIDPH Summer Fellowship

October 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

Date and Time: October 5, 2021 12pm CT

Format: 1 Hour Webinar






Nithya Ramesh graduated from Brown University School of Public Health with an MPH degree in 2017 after obtaining a degree in Dental Surgery from Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Health Sciences in India and is currently a doctoral student at The Harvard School of Dental Medicine. As a mixed-methods researcher, Nithya has previously published work in the field of oral epidemiology and in shared decision making, and has experience in survey design, program management, curriculum development, and clinical dental research. An employee of The Dartmouth Institute since 2017, she played a pivotal role in the development, execution, evaluation, and improvement of courses offered in the online MPH programs at Dartmouth. Due to her unique background of being a Dentist, an Epidemiologist, and a Public Health Educator, she has served on research teams as a clinician who can analyze as well as communicate healthcare information to populations and stakeholders in various settings. Nithya is also a member of the US Medical Reserve Corps through which she has been actively involved in Covid-19 testing and vaccination efforts in New Hampshire. A scholar in Indian classical dance, Nithya enjoys teaching and performing the art form “Bharatanatyam”.


Amrita Tembhe is a Dental Public Health professional who is a 2021 fellow at the American Institute of Dental Public Health. She is a motivated healthcare professional with clinical, research, and community experience. She is most interested in working towards improving the oral health of the population with the focus on health equity and improving access to oral health care.

Dr. Tembhe completed her residency in Dental Public Health from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health. She earned her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, India.



Tooka Zokaie is the Manager for Fluoridation and Preventive Health Activities at the American Dental Association. She leads the National Fluoridation Advisory Committee and the Prevention Subcommittee for the Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention in the Government and Public Affairs Division. Her work includes educating community leaders on the latest science and public health benefits of community water fluoridation, tobacco cessation, school-based oral health programs, and nutrition education. Ms. Zokaie provides continued leadership for oral health access at the local level as a Population Health Consultant for the Oral Health Forum in Chicago and assists with evaluating their school-based oral health program development. She serves on the CDC’s Community Preventive Services Task Force, Oral Health Section of the American Public Health Association, and Section on Oral Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She received her Masters in Public Health from University of California, Davis School of Medicine and Masters in Population Health Management from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


Dr. Nithya Ramesh

Title: Environmental Scan of US Dental Schools – A snapshot of US dental schools’ training related to key elements of value-based care delivery.   

Abstract: The broad objective of dental education programs is to develop future practitioners by educating students to serve their patients and communities well, and equipping them with the skills to continue to grow in their knowledge and practice over their lifetime as dentists. Currently, in 2021, the United States has 68 accredited dental schools, with 25,995 students enrolled in predoctoral dental education programs. The class of 2020 had 6,609 graduates, up from 6,350 in 2019. The dental workforce is steadily growing, as are the dynamic needs of the population. During this presentation, the speaker will discuss an environmental scan of dental education programs in the US, and provide a snapshot of US dental schools’ current foci related to value-based care delivery, inter- and intra-professional training, community engagement and health equity. 

Learning objectives:

1. Describe key areas of public focus in dental education and curriculum and clinical training.

2. Understand the proportion of current US dental schools/programs engaged in value-based care training.

3. Discuss opportunities for a shift towards value-based care in dental training. 



Dr. Amrita Tembhe

Title: Translational Science in Oral Health Care: Potential Barriers, Levers, and Accelerators

Abstract: Evidence-based dentistry is the most effective approach to dental practice. As a translational science of healthcare, evidence-based dental practice integrates translational research and dental practice and provides dental professionals with the best tools to deliver quality care to patients. The process of translation is complex and involves multiple stages. Several obstacles delay this multi-stage process resulting in the research-to-practice gap. In this session, we will highlight the findings from our research on oral health journals, some potential barriers to the process of translation, and discuss a few levers and possible accelerators for the success of translational science in oral health care.

Learning objectives:

1. Understand the trajectory of translational science in oral health care.

2. Identify potential barriers, levers, and accelerators for translational science in oral health.

3. Explore the opportunities to facilitate translational science in oral health care.


Ms. Tooka Zokaie

Title: Sink Your Teeth Into This: The Role of Dental Journals in Translational Science

Abstract: Translational science is the field of investigation focused on understanding the scientific and operational principles underlying each step of the translational process. Innovation systems and informants for health policies predominantly focus on linkages between universities and industry, driven by the commercial translation of academic discoveries in scientific journals. Opportunities for publication can influence the focus of investigation and studies have found that engagement in clinical translational science appears to be motivated by perceived need. The drivers of oral health innovation in translational science are largely unknown. Yet, the cycle of publication to share new findings play an integral role in oral health research dissemination and best practices. Qualitative research highlighting the role of Dental Journals and their Editors can offer insight in their function as influencers of Translational Science.

Learning Objectives: 

1. Understand the role of dental journals in translational science

2. Identify the influencers of publication focus

3. Explain the intended target audiences of dental journals 

This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP). Event participants can earn up to 1.0 continuing education hours. To receive continuing education credit, participants must attend the session and complete the required evaluation forms. Participants submitting required evaluation forms will receive verification stating credits earned upon completion of all requirements as instructed by each accrediting institution.
All participating faculty, planners, and providers are expected to disclose to the conference planners and audience any significant financial interest or other relationship with:
1. the manufacturer of any commercial products and/or provider of commercial services discussed in an educational presentation, and
2. any commercial supporters of the activity.

The American Institute of Dental Public Health is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. The ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the ADA CERP at www.ADA.org/CERP.


October 5
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT


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