Global and Community Health

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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2020 Nov 09

Oral Health Seminar Series: Economic Evaluation and Oral Health

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

Oral Health Seminar Series

Economic Evaluation and Oral Health


Presented by: 

Lisa A. Robinson, MPP
Senior Research Scientist and Deputy Director, Center for Health Decision Science, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Stephen Resch, MPH, PhD
Lecturer, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Monday, November 9, 2020
12:00-1:00PM EST

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New Study Reveals Effects of the Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansion on Dental Coverage

November 3, 2020

Dr. Hawazin W. Elani, assistant professor in the Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM), and co-authors from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, examined how the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) expansion of Medicaid eligibility affected dental coverage and the use of oral health services among low-income adults, using data from the National Health Interview Survey. Their findings were published...

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2020 Oct 29

Oral Health Seminar Series | The (post)colonial predicament for American Indian community mental health services: Early career lessons

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

The Office of Global and Community Health Presents

ORAL HEALTH SEMINAR SERIES

The (post)colonial predicament for American Indian community mental health services: Early career lessons

Presented by: Joseph P. Gone, PhD
Professor of Anthropology and of Global Health and Social Medicine
Faculty Director, Harvard University Native American Program

Intro by Laura Lin, HSDM Pre-Doctoral Candidate, Class of 2021

Thursday, October 29, 2020
1:00-2:00PM EDT

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2020 Aug 10

Oral Health Seminar Series with Michael Fenn, PhD, Harvard Innovation Lab

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Webinar

Michael Fenn, PhD, is the Director of Healthcare & Life Sciences at Harvard Innovation Labs. He is tasked with advising all healthcare and life science ventures with a focus on supporting Harvard founders, which include students, research fellows, faculty & alumni. Dr. Fenn also leads the planning of the Life Lab Longwood, a new translational biotech incubator at Harvard Medical School, and a foundational component of the $200M Blavatnik Therapeutics Initiative. Dr. Fenn serves as a leader of entrepreneurship & innovation within the Harvard life science community, as...

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HSDM Secures $3 Million Grant to Expand Dental Public Health in Rural Areas

June 25, 2020

Harvard School of Dental Medicine’s department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology (OHPE) in collaboration with the Office of Global and Community Health (OGCH) was recently awarded a $3 million postdoctoral training grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Health Workforce to address gaps in dental education and access to care in underserved and vulnerable populations in rural areas.

The five-year grant titled Catalyzing Oral Health Workforce for Rural and Vulnerable Populations will create the first and only Dental Public Health (DPH) Residency in the country with a dedicated rural track... Read more about HSDM Secures $3 Million Grant to Expand Dental Public Health in Rural Areas

Volunteers distribute much needed supplies to Kenyan villagers via the Towa Kitu Kidogo project, partly initiated by Ashiana Jivraj, DMD21. Photo credit: Towa Kitu Kidogo

Dental Students Combat COVID-19 Through Volunteerism and Action

June 24, 2020

As Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) students and residents learned that the academic year would take an unprecedented turn due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several jumped into action, finding different ways to turn the challenges presented by the pandemic into opportunities to help. Whether through community outreach, research, or care, they quickly honed in on ways to aid their local and global communities.... Read more about Dental Students Combat COVID-19 Through Volunteerism and Action

David Danesh, DMD20

Becoming the Leaders and Thinkers the World Needs

May 22, 2020

A reflection written by David Danesh, DMD20.

“When the world needs leaders, we will be among them; when the world needs solutions, we will help create them.” Reflecting on the class oath that we took with our Harvard Medical School colleagues during our White Coat Ceremony in August of 2016, this line resonates with me today. The knowledge we gained while receiving our education at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) will help us think about creative solutions to the challenges we face today, and new challenges we will ultimately face in the future. Amidst the COVID-...

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Kristin Sweeney, DMD20

Graduate Q&A with Kristin Sweeney, DMD20

May 21, 2020

Kristin Sweeney, a member of the graduating Class of 2020, reflects on her most memorable experiences at HSDM and how they influenced her choice in career path. An active volunteer in many aspects of the HSDM community, Sweeney served as a member of the Admissions committee, as a Vanderbilt Hall residence advisor, and as a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Association. Sweeney also took a special interest in community outreach, volunteering her time with several...

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Weighing the Risk of Smoking During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 10, 2020

Oral health experts at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Dentistry have taken a closer look at the risks associated with smoking, vaping, and tobacco use during the COVID-19 pandemic. They suggest that in addition to precautions such as social distancing and hand washing, another immediate step that individuals can take to reduce risk is to limit tobacco use.

“As the pandemic spreads at an alarming rate globally, emerging evidence suggests that patients who use these products are more susceptible to...

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Dr. Brittany Seymour at HSDM

Putting Public Health First: Coronavirus Q&A with Dr. Brittany Seymour

March 20, 2020

Dr. Brittany Seymour is associate professor and global health discipline director at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM). With a background in oral and public health, and a concentration in global health and population, she focuses on interdisciplinary approaches for health improvement through prevention, policy, and health promotion. She also conducts research on how misinformation spreads online and impacts important public health programs. She recently shared her thoughts on the spread of the virus as well as the spread of misinformation.
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Student Ryan Lisann with patient Diego

HSDM Student Finds His Niche in Community Care

February 25, 2020

For Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) student Ryan Lisann, completing one of the last requirements of his four-year DMD program — a three-month externship at Charles River Community Health Center in Brighton — was an experience that will shape his career.

“I’m really passionate about education and wanting to work with kids, so getting to work in a community health setting and treating pediatric patients confirmed the path I want to take,” Lisann said.... Read more about HSDM Student Finds His Niche in Community Care

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Dentistry Aims to Go Green

December 11, 2019

During Harvard’s recent Worldwide Week, Donna Hackley, DMD, MA, an instructor in Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at HSDM, was featured on a panel of global and community health experts titled, “Climate Change, the Environment, and Oral Health.” Hackley spoke candidly about the bi-directional relationship between environmental health and oral health through the lens of health equity. Dentistry, as an industry, impacts our planet’s environmental health, which affects oral...

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