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Dr. Paul Glassman Appointed to Institute of Medicine’s Panel on Oral Health Access

March  05, 2010

Dr. Paul GlassmanDr. Paul Glassman of University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry has been appointed to the panel of the Institute of Medicine's new study: "Oral Health Access to Services."  Dr. Glassman, who is a professor in the Department of Dental Practice, director of community oral health and co-director for the Pacific Center for Special Care, is one of only three dentists on this panel.

The study is one of two major studies announced by the Institute of Medicine on the oral health care system in the United States to be conducted over the next two years. The "Oral Health Access to Services" study will assess the current system, exploring its strengths, weaknesses and future challenges; describe a desired vision for the system; and recommend strategies to achieve that vision. The other study, "An Oral Health Initiative", will also examine the state of the system and current preventive oral care interventions, their use and promotion; explore ways of improving oral health literacy; and review elements of a potential oral health initiative by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Glassman commented, "These are major new initiatives and will have significant impact on oral health delivery systems for decades to come. The involvement of the IOM in the critical access issues facing our country is important and will help to raise awareness of the problems faced by many of our citizens in maintaining good oral health. These studies should also help promote solutions to these issues."

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public. Established in 1970, the IOM is the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, which was chartered under President Abraham Lincoln in 1863.

For more information on the "Oral Health Access to Services" study, visit http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/projectview.aspx?key=49196. For more information on the Institute of Medicine, visit http://www.iom.edu.

Category Type: Dental Issues and Research, Honors and Awards

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