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Supporting Oral Health Care for the Transgender Community

June 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CDT

Join the OPEN LGBTQIA+ Workgroup for Supporting Oral Health Care for the Transgender Community

Date and Time: June 30th at 12pm CT

Format: 1.5 Hour Workshop with panelists and breakout discussion


Panelists: Michael Farmer, DMD; Avery Brow, MA; Erica Anderson, PhD

Abstract: Oral health care for transgender people is an important consideration in the context of health equity. Many transgender people feel stigmatized, fear discrimination, or struggle with finding dental clinicians who can provide affirming care. During this interactive workshop, panelists will discuss oral health care delivery for transgender people, wholistic approaches to affirming healthcare, and oral health patient perspectives. Organizational policies, like specialized staff training and educational resources, will be shared throughout the workshop. Attendees will be able to ask questions of panelists and have answers in real-time during the workshop. After the panel session, attendees will break out into small groups to discuss how to support transgender oral health in their organizations, through clinical care delivery, and for expanding oral health equity.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session, attendees will be able to

1. Describe the clinical care considerations for transgender oral health.

2. Explore opportunities for providing affirming care for transgender people.

3. Identify individual and organizational barriers for oral health in transgender communities and analyze solutions that promote equitable care.









Avery Brow, MA

Avery R. Brow is the Senior Operations Project Analyst for Chase Brexton Health Care, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Baltimore, Maryland dedicated to caring for the needs of the LGBTQIA+ community. Previously, Avery was the editorial content manager at the DentaQuest Partnership (DQP) for Oral Health Advancement, now the CareQuest Institute. Prior to joining CQI, they spent four years with the State of Maryland Department of Health’s Office of Health Services. Avery has expertise in Medicaid, state and federal health policy, survey and research methodology, data analysis, and strategic policy communications. They have presented and published research on oral health; health disparities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender intimate partner violence; HIV/AIDS; and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on state and federal Medicaid policy. Avery received their BA and MA in applied sociology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and a second MA in critical studies from the Maryland Institute College of Art.


Erica Anderson, PhD

Erica E. Anderson is a psychologist who provides psychological evaluations and consultations to the physicians and team members of the UCSF Child and Adolescent Gender Center Clinic. She also counsels patients and their families. Anderson’s particular expertise is in the psychological aspects of gender and gender identity formation, and their relationship to individual development. She is also an expert in evaluating patients with psychological disorders and separating these conditions from gender issues. She refers patients to gender specialists in the community and collaborates with them on care. The focus of Anderson’s scholarship is how gender identity develops during childhood and across an individual’s lifetime, with a particular focus on transgender, gender-nonconforming and gender-creative individuals. She believes each person is unique in how they experience sexuality and gender. Anderson earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. She also completed graduate work at the University of Southern California and a postdoctoral program at the University of Minnesota, where she served on the faculty in health psychology and public health. She has received clinical training at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, Veterans Affairs Long Beach Healthcare System, Children’s Minnesota hospital and University of Minnesota Health. She has held academic appointments in health psychology, public health, health care management, clinical psychology and pediatrics. Anderson is on the board of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health and serves as president of its U.S. affiliate, USPATH. She is a life member of the American Psychological Association and president of the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society. In addition to her work at UCSF, she has a private practice as a psychologist. As a transgender person and internationally known expert on transgender health, Anderson advocates for transgender rights and speaks at Pride events in the U.S. and Europe. She has appeared on a popular and acclaimed Swedish reality television show, “Everything for Sweden.” A parent of two young adults who are artists, she loves travel, culture and the arts. She has written prose and song lyrics about being transgender.



Michael C. Farmer, DMD, FICD

Dr. Farmer is a North Carolina native who grew up in Old Fort, a small town in the foothills of Western North Carolina. After graduating from Wake Forest University, Dr. Farmer attended the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Dentistry where he was exposed to a large variety of patients and developed a strong interest in helping those patients that were less fortunate.

Dr. Farmer has carried these experiences with him throughout his career in dentistry, often volunteering with such projects such as the North Carolina Dental Society’s Missions of Mercy, the American Dental Association’s Give Kids A Smile, and being a volunteer and member of the board of directors for the Cape Fear Clinic, a non-profit clinic which provides dental, medical, pharmaceutical, and mental health care at no cost to patients in Wilmington, NC. During his time at Wake Forest University, Dr. Farmer studied for one semester in Madrid, Spain where he improved his Spanish speaking abilities by living with a Spanish-speaking family and taking classes at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has volunteered as a translator on Mission Trips to Honduras and Nicaragua and enjoys putting his Spanish to use with his patients!

Since 2012, Dr. Farmer participates as Adjunct Faculty at the University Of North Carolina School Of Dentistry with Project Uganda, a part of the UNC Global Initiative. With a focus on preventative care, Dr. Farmer and a group of dental students travel to the impoverished East African nation to collaborate with the Makerere University College of Health Sciences Dental School on public health initiatives and to provide care to many people who have never seen a dentist before. Dr. Farmer instructs the students on fillings, extractions, injection techniques, and preventative care before and during the time in Uganda, helping to fulfill his passion for helping others while educating future dentists in a challenging environment.




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 1.5 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.


June 30
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CDT
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