The Global Health Starter Kit, a project led by Dr. Brittany Seymour and the Global Oral Health Interest Group of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) is a series of modules on global oral health. CUGH is comprised of approximately 145 academic institutions and other organizations from around the world engaged in addressing global health challenges through education, research, service, and advocacy. In 2013, the first interest group formed within CUGH, the Global Oral Health Interest Group (GOHIG), comprised of health professionals from a variety of disciplines. In response to the Lancet Commission on Education of Health Professionals for the 21st century calling for transformative learning in health professional education, GOHIG developed an interdisciplinary Competency Matrix for Global Oral Health, which was published in the Journal of Dental Education in 2015. Following a workshop GOHIG members led at the annual American Dental Education Association meeting in 2016, GOHIG published a successive article that outlines competency-based global health education specifically for dental students. Building from these successes, GOHIG is taking the next steps toward consensus building and best practices for global health in dental education. The Global Health Starter Kit aims to provide practical support specifically for dental educators who are working toward unified competency-based standards and equipping the future generation of dental professionals with “starting” tools to address the tremendous burden of oral diseases worldwide and their consequences.
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