“Oral health disparities” refers to differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, and burden of oral diseases and other adverse health conditions, as well as to the accessibility, use, and quality of health care services, among specific population groups in the United States.
The course will describe social determinants - including ethnicity / race, education, income, disability, language, gender, and geographic location - that are relevant factors in oral health disparities.
The course will enhance the awareness of participants regarding the basis of oral health inequality and improve their ability to engage in effective initiatives that lead to oral health equity. (Note: The course will be interactive, with ample opportunities for discussion and questions. Breaks will be provided.)
Dentists; Physicians; Dental Hygienists; Dental Assistants; Physicians Assistants; Nurses; Faculty, Staff, Residents; and Students at Health Professions Schools, including Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and other Health Professions.
Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health Sciences
College of Dentistry, University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Caswell A. Evans received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Columbia University's School of Dental and Oral Surgery in New York City, and earned his Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health. He is the Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), College of Dentistry and the Director of the Center for Prevention and Public Health Sciences in Oral Health, UIC Health Research and Policy Centers.
Prior to taking on his current role, Dr. Evans was Director, National Oral Health Initiative, within the office of the U.S. Surgeon General. He represented the Surgeon General providing guidance and assistance to state and local initiatives responsive to Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General, and to the subsequent National Call To Action.
Dr. Evans served as the Executive Editor and Project Director for the Surgeon General's report, released in May 2000, and provided direction for the development of the National Call To Action to Promote Oral Health, released in April 2003. Dr. Evans has been elected into the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences.
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