Approximately 80 students, faculty members and local dentists attended the 2008 Brauman-Bell Alpha Omega Lectureship Sept. 16 to hear about a new dental care provider proposed by the American Dental Association to improve access to dental care.Dr. Robert M. Brandjord, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Minneapolis and past president of the ADA, presented "The community dental health coordinator to improve access to dental care." His lecture detailed the coordinator position, a new dental role proposed by the ADA, and explained how that new role could increase patients' access to care. He also described community dental health coordinator training in development at three locations: the University of Michigan, the University of Oklahoma and the University of California at Los Angeles.
Brandjord has been extensively involved in the ADA, serving not only as president but also as a member of the board of trustees 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 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 lectureship's purpose is to annually invite a nationally distinguished individual to discuss oral health care with faculty, students, alumni, staff, practicing dental professionals, medical professionals and community members.