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Oral Health Symposium Addresses Disparities, Children's Access to Care

June 22, 2016


Oral Health Symposium attendees include Emily Yang, left, Helen Vilchez, Jenny Garcia, Dien Sun, Brian Lee and Kathleen Marcelo.

UCSF's first Oral Health Alliance Symposium brought together scholars and students across multiple disciplines to address issues of dental primary care, oral health disparities and increasing access to care for children in underserved communities.

Sheila Brear, Karen Duderstadt, Karissa Moreno, Remya Niranjan, Brent Lin

Symposium speakers Sheila Brear, left, Karen Duderstadt, Karissa Moreno, Remya Niranjan, Brent Lin

The June 11 symposium featured presentations from the dentistry, nursing and community health disciplines on the theme of “Interprofessional Education on Children’s Oral Health for Primary Care Providers.”

Speakers included Sheila Brear, BDS, associate dean for academic affairs, UCSF School of Dentistry; Karen Duderstadt, RN, PhD, FAAN, clinical professor, family health care nursing in the UCSF School of Nursing; Brent Lin, DMD, clinical professor and director of the predoctoral pediatric dentistry program in the School of Dentistry; Karissa Moreno, MA, chief operations officer, Livingston Community Health; and Remya Niranjan, BDS, DDS, dentist with Livingston Community Health and volunteer clinical instructor in the School of Dentistry.

The event, held at Mission Bay's Rock Hall Auditorium, also included presentations by "College Day" speakers Emily Yang, Helen Vilchez, Jenny Garcia, Dien Sun, Brian Lee and Kathleen Marcelo.

The UCSF Oral Health Alliance is committed to improving oral health and reducing oral health disparity among children in underprivileged communities within the San Francisco Bay Area.

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