Health Affairs Forum: Oral Health in California


Health Affairs is taking its health policy programming to Sacramento for a May 17 event examining the current landscape of oral health in the state.  The program will highlight key articles from its oral health issue, with particular focus on the oral health safety net for California’s older adults. The free forum will take place on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento, CA.   Click here to RSVP.

Can’t attend in person? There will also be a live webcast. Follow the registration link for more info.

Health Affairs published its first-ever theme issue dedicated to oral health in December 2016.  Papers examined the topic from many angles, including how to expand access to care, how to diversify the oral health workforce, and how to improve public programs to accomplish both. 

The Gary and Mary West Foundation and the California Wellness Foundation provided support to Health Affairs for this event.

9:00 a.m.         Welcome and Opening Remarks
Alan Weil (@alanrweil), Editor in Chief, Health Affairs (@Health_Affairs)

9:10 a.m.         Brief Remarks
Judy Belk, President and CEO, The California Wellness Foundation
Tim Lash, Chief Strategy Officer, Gary and Mary West Foundation

9:20 a.m.         Panel 1  Assessing the Oral Health Landscape
Elizabeth Mertz (@bethmertz), Associate Professor, Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, and Faculty, Healthforce Center, Affiliate Faculty, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, School of Dentistry, University of California, San Francisco (@UCSF_IHPS) 
Marko Vujicic, Chief Economist & Vice President, Health Policy Institute, American Dental Assocation (@adahpi)
Jane Koppelman (@JKoppelman1), Research Director, Pew Charitable Trusts Dental Campaign Pew Charitable Trusts Dental Campaign (@pewtrusts)
Anthony Wright, Executive Director, Health Access California

10:20 a.m.       Break

10:30 a.m.       Panel 2: The Oral Health Safety Net for California’s Adults
Paul Glassman, Professor of Dental Practice, Director, Community Oral Health Director, Pacific Center for Special Care, University of the Pacific
James Crall, Professor and Chair, Division of Public Health and Community Dentistry, UCLA School of Dentistry (@UCLADentistry)
Karen Becerra, CEO and Dental Director, Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center
Laura Marcus, Executive Director, Dientes Community Dental Care

11:30 a.m.       Adjourn