Global and Community Health

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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

Ashiana Jivraj, DMD21, in front of Gordon Hall at Harvard Medical School

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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Brennan Arden, DMSc21

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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Making an Impact in Dental Public Health

May 11, 2021

For Kobie Gordon, MMSc21, the ability of dentists to transform lives by fixing smiles was a superpower he wanted to possess.

“There was a young girl in my neighborhood back home who was born with cleft lip and palate,” Gordon said. “Over the years, she received various dental treatments. By the time she got to university, one could hardly tell that she was born with a cleft lip and palate. Her self-esteem went through the roof. I was always impressed that dentistry was able to make such a profound impact on her life,” he said.

This May, when Gordon...

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Laura Lin, DMD21

Finding Purpose in Public Health and Dentistry

May 6, 2021

Laura Lin, DMD21, first became curious about dentistry when she overheard a classmate at Cornell University talk about how dentistry is the perfect combination of art and science. Intrigued by the concept, Lin embarked on her dental career with an open mind about where it would take her. She pursued shadowing opportunities at local dentist offices, establishing relationships with mentors who would guide her in the years to come. As she prepares to graduate from Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) in May, her...

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Green Team and Sustainability Committee Inspired by Research Linking Oral Health to the Effects of Climate Change

April 21, 2021

In November of 2019, Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) established its first Green Team and Sustainability Committee, bringing together students, faculty, and staff who were committed to exploring ways to make impactful changes to the School’s environmental footprint. The committee came together as a result of a Harvard Worldwide Week presentation by Dr. Donna Hackley, instructor in Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology, which focused on the bi-directional relationship between environmental health and oral health through the lens of health equity. The committee focused on evaluating...

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HSDM’s Wampanoag Outreach Group Honored with HMS Dean’s Community Service Award for Portable Clinic Pilot Program

March 30, 2021

A Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) community outreach group recently received the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Dean’s Community Service Award for their work to provide better access to oral and systemic health care to the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (WTGH), as well as other underserved communities on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. The Wampanoag Outreach Group Portable Clinic Project, spearheaded by HSDM students and faculty members Camille Herzog, DMD22, Natalie Wen, DMD22, Susanna Yeh, DMD23, Kristie Kaczmarek, DMD23, and Brian Swann, assistant professor of Oral Health Policy...

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2021 Mar 23

Global and Community Health Oral Health Seminar Series | Primary Teeth as Novel Biomarkers of Early Life Adversity Exposure and Mental Health Risk

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

ZOOM

The Office of Global and Community Health Presents

ORAL HEALTH SEMINAR SERIES

Primary Teeth as Novel Biomarkers of Early Life Adversity Exposure and Mental Health Risk

Presented by: 

Erin Dunn, ScD, MPH
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Associate Investigator, Massachusetts General Hospital

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
12:00-1:00PM EDT

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2021 Feb 23

Oral Health Seminar Series | Investing More, Investing Better: Resource Reallocation Strategies for Global Oral Health Improvement

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Webinar

The Office of Global and Community Health Presents

Oral Health Seminar Series
Investing More, Investing Better: Resource Reallocation Strategies for Global Oral Health Improvement

Presented by: 
Stefan Listl, MS, DDS, PhD  
Professor, Quality and Safety of Oral Health Care, Radboud University 
Director of Section, Translational Health Economics, Heidelberg University

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
12:00-1:00PM EST

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Give Kids a Smile Delivers Care at a Critical Time

February 10, 2021

Smiles on the faces of patients and providers were still discernible even through layers of masks and PPE at Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s recent Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) event. The annual event, held each February during Children’s Dental Health Month, offers an opportunity for kids ages one to 17 to receive free dental care.

Stephanie, a mother who brought in four-year-old Ellie for her first appointment, watched as her daughter received care from dental students. “She was scared at first but now she’s all chatty. This is awesome!”... Read more about Give Kids a Smile Delivers Care at a Critical Time

2021 Feb 04

Oral Health and Sustainability: Crimson Goes Green at HSDM

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

The Office of Global and Community Health presents and oral health seminar series event:

Oral Health and Sustainability: Crimson Goes Green at HSDM

Featuring
Donna Hackley, DMD, MA, MPH Candidate
Instructor in Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology, Office of Global and Community Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Jennifer Lee, DMD21
Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Lia Sgourakes
Associate Director of Facilities and Operations
Harvard School of Dental Medicine
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2021 Feb 06

Give Kids a Smile 2021

9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Dental Center | 188 Longwood Avenue, Boston MA 02115

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Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the Harvard Dental Center will host its annual Give Kids a Smile event on February 6th, 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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U.S. Surgeon General Addresses the Importance of Oral Health and the Prominence of Social Determinants During a Recent HSDM Webinar

December 16, 2020

In early December, Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) welcomed United States Surgeon General Vice Admiral (VADM) Dr. Jerome M. Adams for a special virtual Oral Health Seminar Series event. VADM Adams was joined by Jane Barrow, associate dean of the Office of Global and Community Health, and executive director of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine, and HSDM Dean, William Giannobile.... Read more about U.S. Surgeon General Addresses the Importance of Oral Health and the Prominence of Social Determinants During a Recent HSDM Webinar

Joseph L. Henry

Joseph L. Henry Oral Health Fellows Pursue Dynamic Goals in Public Health

November 13, 2020

Drs. Siobhian M. B. Sprott, and Shelly D. Taylor were recently awarded the Joseph L. Henry Oral Health Fellowship in Minority Health Policy for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Joseph L. Henry Oral Health Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, awarded each academic year, is an academic degree-granting program with the goal of preparing the next generation of leaders in minority health, health policy, and oral epidemiology. The program is named after Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s first African American full professor, Joseph L. Henry who also served as the School’s interim dean from...

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