An upcoming free lecture at HSC-Baylor College of Dentistry on Sept. 16 will address ways to improve communities’ access to dental health care, the topic of the 2008 Brauman-Bell Alpha Omega Lectureship.
The distinguished lecturer is Dr. Bob Brandjord, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Minneapolis. He has been extensively involved in the American Dental Association, serving as past president, a board of trustees member, and a trustees’ liaison to the ADA’s council on access, prevention and interprofessional relations. Brandjord also is an advocate for dental health care access in Minnesota, where he has served as chair of the task force on universal health care for the Minnesota Dental Association and as a member of the HIV/AIDS task force for the Minnesota Board of Dentistry.
The lecture will begin at 6:00 p.m. on the college’s sixth floor and is open to faculty, staff, students, alumni and the general public. The hour-long lecture also can provide one hour of continuing education credit at no cost. Attendees are welcome to meet Dr. Brandjord at an hors d’oeuvre reception at 5:00 p.m.
Brandjord will present “The Community Dental Health Coordinator to Improve Access to Dental Care.” He’ll address the ADA’s proposal increase access by emphasizing this role in the dental workforce. The CDHC will possess both community health worker skills and dental skills, will come from within the community he or she serves and will help bridge the gap between distinct cultural communities and dental health care systems.
The Brauman-Bell Alpha Omega Lectureship is named for distinguished HSC-BCD alumni Drs. Alfred W. Brauman, a 1938 graduate, and Welden E. Bell, a 1934 graduate. It is organized through the college's Faculty Development Committee, the Office of Communications and Institutional Advancement, and the Dallas alumni chapter of Alpha Omega International Fraternity. The purpose of the lectureship is to annually invite a nationally distinguished individual in the area of oral health; medicine as it relates to oral health; dental and craniofacial research; and/or oral health education to address faculty, students, alumni, staff, practicing dental professionals, medical professionals, community members and guests.
Bell was a faculty member in oral and maxillofacial surgery and a continuing education lecturer until his death in 1990. He also was a visiting lecturer to 24 dental schools throughout the United States and Canada and the author of nine textbooks on orofacial pain and TMJ disorders. Brauman was instrumental in establishing the Dallas Chapter of Alpha Omega fraternity while in dental school. A practicing dentist in Dallas for more than 50 years and a commercial real estate developer, he was an active community volunteer and philanthropist until his death in 1996. Bell and Brauman maintained a friendship for 52 years.
Although attendance at the lectureship is free, reservations are requested before Sept. 10. Attendees can RSVP by contacting Lori Dees in the Department of Communications and Institutional Advancement at Ext. 8471 or firstname.lastname@example.org.