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.

Recent Webinars

A Conversation with Dr. Subramaniam Sathasivam

 

From the Bill to the Benefit: Expanding Medicare to Include Oral Health Care

 

From Classroom to Clinic to the Global Community: Training Non-Traditional Oral Health Providers

 


Professor Donald B. Giddon, DMD, PhD, Annual Lecture in Behavioral Medicine and Dentistry featuring Dr. Richard Watt 

 



Panel Discussion with Dr. Richard Watt–Five Lancet Commissioners Discuss Their Work


 

Related News

elderly woman with caregiver

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

elderly dental patient

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

dental students with veteran patient giving thumbs up

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...

Read more about Serving Those Who Served Our Country

Related Resources

COVID-19 Testing Communications Toolkit

This COVID-19 Testing Communications Toolkit is a free, public resource for anyone looking to communicate the importance of COVID-19 testing to communities across America.

Harvard Global

A Massachusetts nonprofit corporation dedicated to providing operational support for Harvard University's international activities so that scholars and students can focus on research and programs.

Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs

The mission of the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs is to support and encourage the work of Harvard students and faculty, bringing Harvard to the world and the world to Harvard.

Harvard Worldwide

Worldwide Week at Harvard showcases the remarkable breadth of Harvard’s global engagement. During Worldwide Week, Harvard Schools, research centers, departments, and student organizations host academic and cultural events with global or international themes.

Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI)

Addresses broad challenges in public health that affect large populations around the globe, believing that solutions that will move the dial draw from within and beyond the medicine and public health spheres to encompass design, law, policy, and business. HGHI does that by harnessing the unique breadth of excellence within fields at Harvard and by being a dedicated partner and convener to organizations, governments, scholars, and committed citizens around the globe.

Harvard Global Institute 

Supports research initiatives that deepen Harvard’s international engagement and promote University-wide scholarship to address pressing global challenges.

Harvard Global Support Services

Provides tools and guidance that enable faculty, students, and staff to study, work, and research overseas.

Harvard International Office

Provides services to international students and scholars at Harvard College, the graduate and professional schools, as well as the numerous research centers and affiliated teaching hospitals, to minimize the difficulties they may experience both upon arrival and later during their stay at Harvard. 

Harvard Program in Global Surgery and Social Change

The Program in Global Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC) is a collaborative effort between the Harvard teaching hospitals, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) and Partners In Health (PIH).

Harvard Medical School Center for Global Health Delivery

The Harvard Medical School Center for Global Health Delivery is addressing some of the most pressing health challenges globally, from infectious disease to mental health. By focusing on research, medical education, and training that promises to improve health care delivery systems and patient outcomes, our work creates both care delivery and research capacity where our affiliates live and work. 

HMS Center for Primary Care 

The HMS Center for Primary Care is committed to uncovering, promoting, and fighting for the best and most efficient ways to deliver high-quality primary care around the world. 

HMS Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) 

The mission of the Department of Biomedical Informatics is to develop the methods, tools and infrastructure required for a new generation of biomedical investigators and care providers to move biomedicine, writ large, rapidly forward by taking full advantage of the insight and precision offered by these enormous data resources. 

HMS Department of Global Health and Social Medicine (GHSM)

The Department of Global Health and Social Medicine is an interdisciplinary basic social science department at Harvard Medical School. The faculty of social scientists and physicians teach and conduct research in the social sciences and humanities relevant to health and illness, health care delivery, and the professional culture of medicine. 

Harvard University Center for African Studies

The Harvard University Center for African Studies is a globally recognized, interdisciplinary body at Harvard University committed to broadening knowledge about Africa and African perspectives.

Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP)

The Harvard Unviersity Native American Program brings together Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students and interested individuals from the Harvard community for the purpose of advancing the well-being of Indigenous peoples through self-determination, academic achievement, and community service.

Harvard University Asia Center

The Harvard University Asia Center generates and shares knowledge about Asia in transnational and transregional perspective. Fostering teaching, collaboration, and innovation across and beyond cultural and disciplinary boundaries.

Harvard China Fund

In service of the entire University, the Harvard China Fund supports teaching and research on China and promotes Harvard’s presence in China. The Fund amplifies Harvard’s commitment to China and advances collaborative research on the major challenges facing Greater China.

David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS)

Founded in 1994 by then-President Neil L. Rudenstine and alumnus David Rockefeller, DRCLAS is an inter-faculty initiative, with offices in Brazil, Chile, and Mexico, positioned to be intellectually poised to respond to real-world changes in the Americas resulting from democratic transitions and economic restructuring. 

Harvard Business School Health Care Initiative (HCI) 

HCI impacts managerial practice and the pace of innovation by educating leaders and innovators who aspire to improve value across the health care industry. The Initiative fosters and promotes faculty research, supports the development of a portfolio of high-impact educational programs, and creates an interconnected HBS health care community.

Harvard Health Innovation Network (HHIN) 

HHIN'S mission is to promote health care innovation and entrepreneurship across the Harvard ecosystem by connecting people to create partnerships and collaborations; communicating events, resources and funding opportunities; and by cultivating ideas in an inclusive community.

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Department of Health Policy and Management

The Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is dedicated to improving the health care delivery system and mitigating public health risks in the United States and abroad.

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health India Research Center

The India Reseach Center is designed to broaden and coordinate the School’s existing collaborations and create new relationships with organizations and agencies across India. The ultimate goal is to improve health in India and around the world through the strategic goals of research, training, and knowledge translation and communication.

The Partnership for Health Advancement in Vietnam (HAIVN)

The Partnership for Health Advancement in Vietnam (HAIVN) is a collaboration between Harvard Medical School (HMS) and two HMS-affiliated teaching hospitals, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH).