Access to Dental Care: How is COVID-19 Increasing Existing Disparities?


Monday, December 14, 2020, 12:00pm to 1:00pm



Access to Dental Care: How is COVID-19 Increasing Existing Disparities?

Monday, December 14
12:00-1:00 p.m. EST


Shenam Ticku, BDS, MPH, Instructor, HSDM

Cheryl Parcham, MSW, Director of Access Initiatives, Families USA

Timothy L. Ricks, DMD, MPH, FICD, Rear Admiral (RADM), Assistant Surgeon General, Chief Dental Officer, U.S. Public Health Service

Bob Russell, DDS, MPH, MPA, CPM, FACD, FICD, State Public Health Dental Director Bureau Chief

Brian Swann, DMD, MPH, Chair, Cambridge Health Alliance, Assistant Professor, Harvard School of Dental Medicine

The current economic downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic is being called ‘one the most unequal in history’, especially harming underserved communities. Moreover, the temporary closures of dental offices has played a role in further increasing barriers to care. Through this webinar, we will explore the current state of oral health disparities and the potential role of the COVID-19 pandemic in exacerbating them. We will be joined by Ms. Cheryl Fish- Parcham, Director of Access Initiatives at Families USA; Dr. Tim Ricks, Chief Dental Officer at US Public Health Service, Dr. Bob Russell. Public Health Dental Director and Chief at the Iowa Department of Public Health; and Dr. Brian Swann, Chief of Oral Health at Cambridge Health Alliance.

Register for the webinar here.