NYU Dentistry to Host Virtual Event on Oral Health and Public Policy

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The NYU Dentistry Center for Oral Health Policy and Management will host the PROHmotion Symposium, or Policy & Research in Oral Health: Moving Forward, on Friday, June 11, 2021, from 10 am to 3 pm ET.

The virtual event will bring together experts in health policy, education, research, leadership, and advocacy to discuss how these fields intersect and to explore actions to advance dentistry’s ability to fulfill its responsibilities for the overall well-being of the public, NYU Dentistry said.

“Dentistry is often left out of health policy conversations, which neglects the fundamental relationship between oral health and overall health,” said Richard Valachovic, director of the NYU Dentistry Center for Oral Health Policy and Management.

“The PROHmotion Symposium will bring thought leaders to the virtual table in the first of many public dialogues convened by the Center about evidence-based oral health policy and management,” said Valachovic, who also is president emeritus of the American Dental Education Association.

The keynote speakers will be Rena D’Souza, director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and Cheryl Healton, dean of the NYU School of Global Public Health.

Panel discussions will focus on the COVID-19 pandemic and the future of dentistry, developing a national agenda for oral health policy, leadership challenges in the field, and global collaboration to improve access to dental care.

“The COVID-19 pandemic provides us with an unprecedented opportunity to think deeply about our healthcare system, what kinds of leaders it needs, and how to pursue policies that increase access to care,” said Michael P. O’Connor, codirector of the NYU Dentistry Center for Oral Health Policy and Management and executive vice dean at NYU Dentistry.

The event is open to the public with registration. A link to the Zoom webinar will be provided after registration.

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