Reducing Oral Health Disparities: Learn from Experts at CDA’s Live Virtual Event Series Beginning October 27

Health care disparities in California, including oral health care, disproportionately affect historically underserved communities due to systemic, social, and economic inequities. According to the 2017-18 California Health Interview Survey from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, 27 percent of California adults reported poor oral health, while 21 percent reported poor overall health.

Looking deeper, 21% of white Californian adults report poor oral health, compared to 30% of black Californians and 34% of Hispanic Californians.

Job security, dental benefit coverage, and access to reliable transportation or optimally fluoridated water, as well as differences among dental providers, can all affect oral health care systems and lead to poor health outcomes for patients.

Dentists can learn how to reduce oral health disparities

Dentists and their teams can join CDA’s upcoming live, online training events to better understand how they can strengthen their own practice and profession by including historically excluded communities and reducing oral health disparities. Events are just one aspect of the work CDA does to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in dentistry.

In each webinar, participants will learn useful insights from experts and leave with health equity resources they can incorporate into their practice.

Here’s a look at CDA’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging series with live virtual events scheduled for three upcoming Thursdays: October 27, November 3, and November 10. Registration is open for all events.

DEIB Part 1 — Primer

A panel of dental faculty and public health experts will present a brief history lesson on how past and present government and organizational policies have led to oral health disparities in this live virtual event from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on October 27 .

Participants will:

  • Find out how past and present government policies have led to oral health disparities.
  • Learn how past policies in organized dentistry have created division in the profession.
  • Hear about future policies that can help alleviate oral health disparities in society.

Register for this event.

DEIB Part 2 — Inclusive healthcare: Promoting ownership and confidence in oral health

Speaker Eleanor Fleming, DDS, PhD, MPH, will address racism as a public health crisis in this hour-long virtual live event from noon to 1:00 p.m. on November 3.

Participants will:

  • Understand the definition of cultural humility in the context of health care delivery.
  • Hear what other healthcare professionals are doing to gain cultural humility.
  • Learn how to create a culturally humble environment in the dental office.

Register for this event.

DEIB Part 3 — Oral Health Disparities in California

In this virtual event, to be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on November 10, a multidisciplinary panel of physicians, dentists and public policy experts will outline California’s disparities in the patient population and dental team.

Participants will:

  • Understand California’s variation in patient population rates.
  • Understand the differences in dental teams at the state and national level.
  • Learn how dental schools are creating a more diverse workforce.

Register for this event.

CDA’s live and virtual offerings on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging kicked off in September at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco with an in-person panel presentation, “Women in Dentistry.” The upcoming virtual live series is sponsored by Henry Schein Dental.

Register for one or all three virtual live events.

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