Oral Health Seminar Series

Each month, the Office of Global and Community Health hosts its Oral Health Seminar Series, which features different speakers on a wide variety of topics that connect to the mission of HSDM's global and community health efforts. 

Oral Health Seminar Series

Driving Toward Equity in Health, Education, and Economic Opportunity: The Role of City Government

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

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

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

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


The Office of Global and Community Health presents this oral health seminar series, titled, “Investing More, Investing Better: Resource Reallocation Strategies for Global Oral Health Improvement,” featuring Stefan Listl, MS, DDS, PhD, professor, Quality and Safety of Oral Health Care, Radboud University; director of section, Translational Health Economics, Heidelberg University.


Oral Health and Sustainability: Crimson Goes Green at HSDM

The Office of Global and Community Health presents an oral health serminar series event on the topic of oral health and sustainability 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; and Carrie Sylven, director of Student Affairs, Harvard School of Dental Medicine.


Primary Care and Oral Health Delivery: What Have We Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic?


Outpatient clinicians and practices across the country have had to adapt to unprecedented changes throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As the pandemic continues to rage but with the prospect of vaccination on the horizon, our panelists will explore how have primary care and dental care in the U.S. changed, and what has stayed the same. Join Associate Dean Jane Barrow from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard Medical School’s Dr. Ateev Mehrotra, Dr. Russell Phillips of the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care, and Chief Economist and Vice President of the American Dental Association’s Health Policy Institute Dr. Marko Vujicic as they explore the differences and similarities in each field’s adaptation to a changing healthcare landscape, and how the pandemic response will inform the future of oral health and primary care.

Access to Dental Care: How is COVID-19 Increasing Existing Disparities?


The current economic downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic is being called ‘one the most unequal in history’, especially harming underserved communities. Moreover, the temporary closures of dental offices has played a role in further increasing barriers to care. Through this webinar, we will explore the current state of oral health disparities and the potential role of the COVID-19 pandemic in exacerbating them. We will be joined by Ms. Cheryl Fish- Parcham, Director of Access Initiatives at Families USA; Dr. Tim Ricks, Chief Dental Officer at US Public Health Service, Dr. Bob Russell. Public Health Dental Director and Chief at the Iowa Department of Public Health; and Dr. Brian Swann, Chief of Oral Health at Cambridge Health Alliance.

Economic Evaluation and Oral Health

This Oral Health Seminar Series is 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, and Stephen Resch, MPH, PhD, lecturer, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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


In this oral health seminar series, titled "The (post)colonial predicament for American Indian community mental health services: Early career lessons," hear from Joseph P. Gone, PhD, professor of Anthropology and of Global Health and Social Medicine and faculty firector of the Harvard University Native American Program.

At the frontlines of preventive care with vaccines and testing: How will dentistry respond?


This discussion covers what it will take to enable the dental profession to fully embrace vaccinating and testing our communities and boosting public health. Dentists are highly trained health professionals who have the skills to help protect the public's health, but the current scope of practice and payer policies may not allow their participation in this important work. At a time when disease prevention and coordinated care are more important than ever, dentists have an opportunity to take on a larger role in providing primary and preventive health services for their patients and in integrating dental care with whole person care. Leading experts will guide us through the issues related to scope of practice law and payer policies as well as clinical implications for operationalizing these new services.