Global and Community Health

2022 Jan 31

Office of Global and Community Health Seminar Series with Dr. Jim O'Connell

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

Office of Global and Community Health Seminar Series

Medicine in the Streets: Lessons Learned caring for Boston’s Rough Sleepers

Presented by: 

Jim O'Connell, MD

President, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Monday, January 31, 2022

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HSDM Faculty Contribute to In-Depth National Report on America’s Oral Health

January 13, 2022

A new report exploring America’s oral health over the last 20 years includes noteworthy contributions from 15 current and former Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) faculty members.

 

Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges” is a sweeping effort to tell the whole story of the state of...

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Dr. Mohamed Maksoud Selected for Fulbright Specialist Program

January 5, 2022

Dr. Mohamed Maksoud, lecturer on Oral Medicine, Infection, and Immunity, was recently selected by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Exchanges, for the Fulbright Specialist Program. He is the first dentist to be chosen for the honor.

The Fulbright Specialist Program provides an opportunity for U.S. academics and established professionals to engage in two-to six-week project-based exchanges at host institutions across the globe. The program matches tenured specialists and educational...

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2022 Feb 12

Give Kids a Smile 2022

9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Dental Center | 188 Longwood Avenue, Boston MA 02115

child with dental studentsHarvard School of Dental Medicine and the Harvard Dental Center will host its annual Give Kids a Smile event on February 12th, from 9 AM to 12 PM. HSDM will provide free dental services to children ages 1-17. Services will include dental cleanings, oral exams, referrals, and more! ...

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Supporting Family Caregivers: Oral Palliative Care for Older Adults

November 4, 2021

“As a healthcare provider, the number one call for help, and the most rewarding service that I have provided to patients, is palliative care,” said Dr. Leonard Brennan. Dr. Brennan, a faculty lecturer in Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology, and expert in geriatric dentistry, spoke with caregivers and health providers in a recent webinar, Supporting Family Caregivers to Provide Oral Palliative Care for Older Adults. He explained how the management of cancer and other serious illnesses may negatively impact the oral health of older adult patients, and how early palliative care interventions can limit severe complications from treatment.... Read more about Supporting Family Caregivers: Oral Palliative Care for Older Adults

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Making the Case for a Medicare Dental Benefit

October 20, 2021

Should Medicare offer dental coverage for millions of older or underserved Americans? This is the question currently under consideration before Congress.

According to Dr. Lisa Simon, physician, dentist, and educator at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Harvard Medical School, the answer is a resounding yes.

Simon weighs in on the impact that such a dental benefit could have for millions of underserved Americans in a newly published commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine.... Read more about Making the Case for a Medicare Dental Benefit

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Serving Those Who Served Our Country

October 4, 2021

On Saturday October 2, 2021, Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) opened its doors to veterans for free dental care and consultations during the School’s first Give Veterans a Smile event.

Similar to HSDM’s annual Give Kids a Smile event, the event was organized by dental students with the goal of providing care to the community and addressing gaps in veterans’ access to oral healthcare. Over 30 predoctoral students volunteered for the event along with residents from AGE specialty programs, faculty, and Harvard Dental Center staff members. Veterans from several branches of...

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2021 Oct 06
2021 Oct 02

Give Veterans a Smile

9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Dental Center

Harvard School of Dental Medicine proudly presents our first annual Give Veterans a Smile Day. On October 2, we will offer free dental exams, oral cancer screenings and prosthodontic consults for veterans. In person, or virtual appointments are available....

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Leadership Forum Goes Virtual This Year, Focuses on Data and Patient-Centered Care

July 29, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic brought into focus the vulnerabilities of the health care system, as well as sparked conversations surrounding data, integration, and technology. During the fourth biannual Leadership Forum, which was hosted by Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine, experts in the fields of medicine, dentistry, academia, and business convened to discuss such topics and what integration would mean....

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Strengthening Oral Health Care Systems in Africa: New Agreement Between HSDM and the WHO Will Address Critical Needs

June 9, 2021

Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO) have teamed up to address critical oral health challenges in the African region, worsened due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The project aims to build the capacity of primary care workers in oral health promotion, and oral disease prevention and control, to better address the unmet demand for oral health services and strengthen oral health care systems. The team will develop an online oral health training program that will leverage digital technologies... Read more about Strengthening Oral Health Care Systems in Africa: New Agreement Between HSDM and the WHO Will Address Critical Needs

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Bringing a Business Background to Oral Healthcare Solutions

May 25, 2021

Ashiana Jivraj, DMD21, jokes that she was born in a dental chair. Her mother worked through most of her pregnancy as a general dentist, and Jivraj spent most of her childhood being shuttled to and from the orthodontist’s office. While it would be easy to assume that for these reasons, Jivraj was destined for a career in dentistry, she actually credits a trip to India during her sophomore year of college with her decision to pursue a career in dentistry.

“I wound up working in a dental clinic and saw the immense challenge that the social determinants of...

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Charting a Courageous Course in Dentistry

May 20, 2021

Prior to his arrival at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) in 2017, you might have found William “Brennan” Arden, DMSc21, jumping out of helicopters, practicing dentistry on an oil tanker-sized hospital ship, or visiting the farthest corners of the globe to deliver humanitarian aid. As a military dentist with the United States Navy, Arden treated service members and organized humanitarian efforts in countries like Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, and Vietnam. At HSDM, he pursued an advanced degree in endodontics and served as...

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