Building Our Oral Health Future Together: 15 Years after the Surgeon General's "Call to Action" - Keynote Speakers Announced

An article in the October issue of the NHPHA e-Newsletter

The NH Oral Health Coalition is pleased to announce the keynote speakers for the 2016 NH Oral Health Fall Forum scheduled for November 11 at the Concord Holiday Inn.  Registration is now open at:  www.nhoralhealth.org.   The time of the event is 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.   This annual event is geared for physicians, nurses, dentists, hygienists, program managers, policy makers, and others interested in oral health, its role in systemic health, and the availability of community-based services for children and adults.  Speakers, Drs. Caswell Evans and Jane Grover will present keynote addresses and moderate local panels.

Dr Evens OHCCaswell Evans, DDS, MPH, coordinator for the 2002 Surgeon General’s Report on the Silent Epidemic and the 2003 “Call to Action,” was an active member of the original Coalition for NH’s Oral Health work team that developed and published the New Hampshire Oral Health Plan: A Framework for Action.  He will provide the morning’s keynote address and facilitate a conversational retrospective that includes many of the state’s oral health leaders from 2000 through 2016 addressing public-private partnership, public health oral health initiatives, medical-dental integration, and the evolution of community-based prevention. 

Dr. Evans is the Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health Sciences at the University of Illinois, Chicago College of Dentistry; he is also a faculty member in the UIC School of Public Health.   Previously he served as the Executive Editor and Project Director for Oral Health in America: A Report of the U.S. Surgeon General.  For twelve years, Dr. Evans was Director of Public Health Programs and Services, for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.  He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences.  He is a past president of the American Public Health Association, the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, and the American Board of Dental Public Health.  Dr. Evans is Chairman of DentaQuest Foundation Board.  He also serves on the Chicago Board of Health and the boards of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago, Oral Health America and the Children’s Dental Health Project.  

Dr. Grover for OHCJane Grover, DDS, MPH, has supported NH’s Federally-Qualified Health Centers and dental community by providing expertise and consultation to help build strong community-based oral health programs.  She will be the afternoon’s keynote speaker and will moderate a future-looking prospective of innovative programs and strategies that are moving our state into the future including oral health care in the right place at the right time, new community access points, emerging financing models, community-based oral health disease management and Interprofessional education. 

Dr. Grover is the Director, Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations (CAPIR) in the division of Government/Public Affairs at the American Dental Association (ADA).  Dr. Grover served as the dental director for the Center for Family Health, a federally qualified health center in Jackson, Michigan.  She is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and Lutheran Medical Center of New York.  She has been active in organized dentistry, first as a trustee of the Michigan Dental Association, and also on the ADA Strategic Planning Committee in the 1990s. She completed five years on the ADA Political Action Committee, serving 2003-2005 as chair. She served as vice-president of the ADA from October 2006 until October 2008.  Dr. Grover received her D.D.S. degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and her M.P.H. degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

For more information:  www.nhoralhealth.org or email info@nhoralhealth.org

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