Oral health has been shown to impact physical, social, emotional, and economic well-being. New evidence is emerging that links diseases of the mouth to other chronic conditions, like diabetes, and the U.S. Surgeon General has stated clearly “you can’t be healthy without good oral health." Yet in health care systems in the U.S., OECD and developing countries, oral health care financing and delivery is largely siloed off from medical care. This has important consequences for affordability of oral health care services, access to oral health care providers, and, ultimately, oral health. However, there is a growing movement to reconsider the dental-medical divide in health policy. Critical to this movement is the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of health services research that relates to oral health.

To help facilitate knowledge exchange between health services researchers and policy makers, Academy Health is considering the launch of an Oral Health Interest Group. This Interest Group is meant to bridge the dental-medical divide within the health services research and policy community, bringing together those with deep expertise in oral health and those with much broader health policy expertise. This webinar is a kick-off webinar for the potential Oral Health Interest Group.       

Learning Objectives

  • Describe why researchers, practitioners, policymakers and advocates interested in evidence-based policy dialogue should integrate oral health into their work.
  • Describe how oral health issues are addressed in federal and state policies.
  • Understand challenges, research methods and best practices in improving access to oral health care, oral health-related quality of care, and oral health outcomes.

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Marko Vujicic

Marko Vujicic, Ph.D.

Chief Economist & Vice President - Health Policy Institute

Dr. Marko Vujicic is responsible for overseeing all of the Association’s policy research activities. Prior to ... Read Bio


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Board Member, Committee Member, Staff

Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, M.P.H., FAAP

President and CEO - AcademyHealth

Dr. Simpson has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of AcademyHealth since 2011. A nationally recog... Read Bio

Benjamin Sommers
Committee Member

Benjamin Sommers, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Health Policy and Economics - Department of Health Policy and Management - Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Sommers is a health economist and a physician whose main research interests are health policy for vulnerab... Read Bio

Burton Edelstein

Burton Edelstein, D.D.S., M.P.H.

Professor - Columbia University Medical Center Speaker

Dr. Burton L. Edelstein is a board-certified pediatric dentist and professor of dentistry and public health at... Read Bio

Thomas Buchmeuller

Thomas Buchmueller, Ph.D.

Professor - Stephen M. Ross School of Business Speaker

Tom Buchmueller is a health economist whose research focuses on the economics of health insurance and related ... Read Bio

John E. McDonough

John E. McDonough, Dr.Ph., M.P.A.

Professor, Director - Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

John E. McDonough is Professor of Public Health Practice in the Department of Health Policy & Management at th... Read Bio


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