December 06, 2010
Dr. Paul Glassman, professor of dental practice and director of community oral health at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, chaired the planning group and moderated the American Dental Association's (ADA) National Coalition Consensus Conference: Oral Health of Vulnerable Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities. The conference took place in Washington, D.C. in mid-November.
The event was intended to help build consensus on how to best provide dental care to older adults and persons with disabilities among a multi-disciplinary group of dental professionals. During the conference, Dr. Raymond Gist, president of the ADA, encouraged roundtable discussions toward developing a cohesive strategic plan. Experts made formal paper presentations and encouraged input from the 150-member audience, which included many representatives of agencies and advocacy groups that provide service to these populations.
The ADA expects outcomes of the conference to be recommendations for educational institutions, professional organizations and policy makers on opportunities to better oral health for people with disabilities and vulnerable elders.
"The conference was historic because it represents the beginning of a national coalition to improve oral health for two vulnerable groups of people," noted Glassman, who has many years of involvement and expertise in access-to-care issues for underserved populations. "These are the fastest-growing segments of our society and have the most difficulty maintaining good oral health."
Category Type: Special Events, Dental Issues and Research
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