Every month we’ll host a call and bring in an expert speaker to talk to you about a hot topic and then give you the chance to ask questions
November 17, 2015
Two national oral health services experts (Frank A. Catalanotto, DMD, professor of community dentistry and behavioral science and past dean at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, and Julie Stitzel, Project Director, Children’s Dental Policy at The Pew Charitable Trusts) discussed the large unmet need for dental services among low and middle income populations for adults and children during the November 2015 forum.
Participants learned how increased access to dental services would benefit individuals in all our Florida communities. Additionally, providing more preventive dental services would lower overall health care costs and uncompensated care costs by reducing unnecessary emergency department visits.
Strategies to meet the need of more services include addressing the funding mechanisms that support community health centers and school-based health centers. Moreover, licensing dental therapists in Florida would be an option for expanding the significant shortage of oral health providers. Learn more by listening to the webinar here.
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