Office of Global and Community Health

The Office of Global and Community Health is responsible for developing, promoting, and sustaining initiatives in oral public health domestically and around the globe. As the home of the HSDM Global Oral Health Initiative, the Office is working with HSDM faculty and students to refine the School’s vision for global health and to coordinate its many outreach programs and curricular offerings. Such efforts include working with faculty to incorporate global health into the curriculum at the pre- and postdoctoral levels, to increase externship and research opportunities, and to integrate oral health into the Harvard University Initiative on Global Health. The Office also liaises with other schools at Harvard, health care providers, charitable organizations, and government agencies to raise awareness of oral health issues and to establish collaborative partnerships.

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Interprofessional Team Building with Nurse Practitioner Students

December 14, 2017

Dr. Leonard Brennan, instructor in Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology and fourth-year DMD student, Yassee Pirooz, were recently invited to teach a class of Northeastern University nurse practitioner (NP) students about the importance of interprofessional team relationships in medicine and dentistry.  

The presentation by Brennan and Pirooz explored the importance of the NP/dental collaboration in depth. ... Read more about Interprofessional Team Building with Nurse Practitioner Students

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Assessing Oral Health Needs in Rwanda

November 15, 2017

Donna Hackley, PD95, HSDM instructor in Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology, has worked closely with colleagues in Rwanda on the country’s first ever National Oral Health Survey. The survey was conducted to establish baseline national oral health status, inform oral health strategic planning, and build oral health research capacity.

Development and implementation of oral health promotion, prevention, disease management and infrastructure relies on availability of baseline national oral health information...

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Dentistry Behind Bars: HSDM Students Provide Care to the Incarcerated

October 6, 2017

Of the more than two million incarcerated Americans, many suffer from chronic health conditions, disease, and substance-use disorders, however some of their most urgent health concerns can be a throbbing tooth, or aching oral abscess.

Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) students are learning this firsthand by providing care to patients incarcerated at Suffolk County’s Nashua Street Jail. Several HSDM students and faculty operate a weekly clinic at the 640-bed facility in downtown Boston as part of the Crimson Care Collaborative (CCC)... Read more about Dentistry Behind Bars: HSDM Students Provide Care to the Incarcerated