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June 2008 Symposium

Developing Comprehensive Oral Health Policy:
Challenges and Opportunities for State Health Policy Makers

A one-day symposium convened on
Tuesday, June 17, 2008

As states are facing challenges in assuring access to oral health care, The Hilltop Institute sponsored its fifth day-long symposium to explore three major areas of policy innovation to improve access to and utilization of oral health care: integration of dental and medical service delivery; dental workforce issues; and health education and outreach strategies. The day was divided into four sessions and highlighted by a keynote address, a luncheon address, and concluding reflections. Over 130 policy makers, health services researchers, and health care practitioners from across the country participated in the event. For a summary of the day's proceedings, click here.

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Keynote Session: The Bridge from Oral Health to Total Health: Building a Policy Framework


Burton Edelstein


Cindy Mann
Session 1: The Bridge from Oral Health to Total Health: Policy Implications


David Albert

  Kim Boggess Presentation
  Norman Tinanoff Presentation


Anna Sommers
Session 2: Approaches to Integrating Dental and Medical Service Delivery for Children


Rebecca King

  Russell Maier Presentation


Cynthia Woodcock
Luncheon Presentation: Achieving Access and Quality in Dental Care
Speaker: Sara Rosenbaum  
Session 3: Increasing the Dental Workforce and Program Participation of Dental Providers


Allen Finkelstein

  David Nash Presentation
  James Crall Presentation


Michael Nolin

Session 4: Engaging Consumers and Providers: Education to Improve Access to Dental Services


Nicholas Mosca
  Brooks Woodward Presentation
  Mark Goldstein and
Paul Westerberg


David Idala


Jack Dillenberg