NH Oral Health Coalition hosts John G. Winant Fellow for the Summer Session

The Coalition is proud to announce that we were selected to host a John G. Winant Fellow for the 2017 summer session. https://carsey.unh.edu/winant-fellowship. The Fellowship honors former NH Governor and U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain John G. Winant. Please see Mr. Panesar’s introduction below.

Sameer Panesar resizedHi! My name is Sameer Panesar and I am very excited to be an intern for the New Hampshire Oral Health Coalition. My work is being supported by the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy through the John G. Winant Fellowship. The Fellowship aims to “encourage the professional development of undergraduates with a strong commitment to public service.” As such, I am appreciative of the work that the OHC has done and inspired to improve oral health care access and delivery for citizens of our state. I am honored to contribute to this work and mission as a 2017 Winant Fellow.

A little bit about me - I grew up in northern Maine but currently live in the seacoast region of New Hampshire. I went to high school here and graduated from UNH this past May with a BA in Political Science. While in college, I had the opportunity to work for the Institute for Health Policy and Practice on a variety of research projects spanning multiple focal areas. The one that has the greatest relation to oral health care was a project entitled “Identifying Priorities for and Strategies to Optimize Oral Preventive Service Delivery in Pediatric Primary Care Settings in New Hampshire.” The focus of the project was to assess the current status and barriers and facilitators to the delivery of oral preventive services (including fluoride varnish) in pediatric primary care practices in New Hampshire, with a particular focus on children under six years. Additionally, the project aimed to identify strategies to optimize the delivery of oral preventive services in pediatric primary care settings.

I am interested in oral health care as well as its place in the broader American health care delivery system. The broad and systemic challenges and opportunities facing our health care system fascinate me and I hope to contribute to solving these problems as a future health care professional. Of great interest to me is the aging of the U.S. population and how that will affect the prioritization and distribution of future resources. At OHC, I am focusing my work on the status of oral health care delivery to the senior/elderly population in New Hampshire. I think that oral health is an often overlooked area of care delivery for seniors and I hope to leave the OHC (and all stakeholders) with a white paper and various briefs on what the current status is like and challenges and opportunities moving forward to improve such care delivery - and also review models that are currently being implemented throughout the state. This work should leave the OHC and stakeholders with a current overview of the state of oral health care delivery and recommendations, challenges, and opportunities moving forward.
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