Innovation Is Focus of Global Oral Health Symposium

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Pursuing new approaches in both education and practice was the focus of the School of Dentistry's ninth annual Global Oral Health Symposium at the Parnassus campus.

The May 8 event, "Innovation in Global Health Education and Promotion: from Theory to Practice," featured a compelling slate of guest speakers from around the globe. They included:

  • Dr. Brittany Seymour, Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology, Harvard University. Dr. Seymour's talk, “An education journey: Building the Global Health Learning Helix,” shared details on how she co-created a global oral health starter curriculum designed for educators and students, and an experiential learning component that takes students to Costa Rica.
  • Dr. Patcharawan Srisilapanan, Center of Excellence in Dental Public Health, Nation University, Thailand. Dr. Srisilapanantalk's talk, "Dental health in Thailand and its relationship with global health," offered a glimpse into the oral health status, health care system, workforce, and Dr. Pat’s extensive experience working with various vulnerable populations in Thailand.
  • Dr. Del Brunner, president, California Dental Association. There are exciting times ahead for the state of California, with Proposition 56 tobacco tax funds allocated to local health jurisdictions across the state to develop oral health infrastructure and implement programs.
  • Dr. Bethy Turton, University of Melbourne, Australia and University of Puthisastra, Cambodia. Dr. Turton gave an insightful presentation on various models of preventive care programs in "How to make Cambodia Smile: A comparison of oral health programs in a Cambodian context."

Opening remarks were given by Dr. Michael Reddy, dean, and Dr. Lisa Berens, who substituted for Dr. Benjamin Chaffee, director of the Program in Global Oral Health. The UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies co-sponsored the symposium.

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