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2010 Focus Group #2: Oral Health in Healthcare Reform

February 25-26, 2010 - Washington, D.C.

As part of the Institute for Oral Health's collaborative research on Oral Health in Healthcare Reform, we hosted our first 2010 focus group with leaders in dentistry and dental policy to explore key concerns in improving access and care for underserved populations such as seniors and diabetics with periodontal disease.

Discussion topics:

  • Motivating and training a workforce for geriatric dentistry to improve oral health for older adults.
  • Delivering integrated, team-centered care to better serve the elderly and people with special needs.
  • Special considerations for dental professionals in managing patients with diabetes.
  • Supporting at-risk patients with personalized dental benefits.

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Panel of Experts

Led by IOH Director, Mary Ellen Young, RDH, MHA, the group featured presentations and discussion with the following experts:

  •  Douglas Berkey, DMD, MPH, MS - Professor, University of Colorado Denver School of Dental Medicine; Dental Director, Total Longterm Care of Colorado
  •  Joseph Errante, DDS - Vice President, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  •  Michael Helgeson, DDS - Co-Founder and CEO of Apple Tree Dental, Minnesota
  •  Maria Ryan, DDS, PhD - Director of Clinical Research, Professor, School of Dental Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Special guests included Meg Booth from CDHP and Dr. Martha Somerman, Dean of Dentistry at the University of Washington and IOH Advisory Board.