The Alliance for Oral Health Across Think Tank and Open Forum seeks to cultivate a cutting-edge community interested in sharing ideas and innovation.
We hope to show this diverse group with overlapping missions that their connection to the Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders expands their capacity.
Upcoming Think Tank Discussions:
Recent Think Tank Discussions:
Public Voices in Global Oral Health:
A Missing Link to Accelerate Progress
Tuesday, October 18, 2022
8:30am – 9:30am Eastern
This webinar aims to explore this crucial aspect of public and civil participation further – who are actors, public voices, non-state actors or concerned advocates in oral health? Why would their involvement in a public discourse matter and possibly make a difference? How could such involvement be facilitated and strengthened?
- Understand how listening to the patient public voice can influence a policy change.
- Understand how to engage patient support groups around a particular health problem.
- Understand what figures outside of the dental community think of the dental profession, dentists, and the subject of oral health.
Stan Burridge, CEO Expert Focus
Jean-Luc Eiselé, CEO, World Heart Federation
Grace Dubois Non-Communicable Disease Alliance (NCDA)
Peter Mossey, Orthodontics and Associate Dean for Internationalization at University of Dundee Dental School
Promising Practices in Global Oral Health Teaching and Learning
Thursday, October 6, 2022
9:00am – 10:30am Eastern
Dr. Seymour will describe the general background that led to development of the Global Health Starter Kit curriculum, an interdisciplinary online open access global health curriculum with an oral health focus. She will be joined by two guests who will describe how they have been using the curriculum in their organizations, their challenges, and their successes with the toolkit.
- To acquaint the global oral health community with a competency based global health curriculum toolkit.
- To understand development of the curriculum materials for reliability and validity.
- To explore potential future applications of this toolkit in the post covid environment.
Speakers: Dr. Tessa Waldhart and Dr. Callum Durward
Moderator: Dr. Brittany Seymour
This program is presented by
|The Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders (AOHAB) and the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine’s new Center for Integrative Global Oral Health(CIGOH) are pleased to present the second session in the Think Tank & Open Forum series.|
WHO 2021: Oral Health Resolution:
Putting Oral Health Back on the Global Agenda
Continuing in our goal of creating Think Tank and Open Forum sessions that create visibility around global health related issues, we are planning in our next event to focus on the World Health Organization (WHO) Oral Health Resolution which just passed. Our Keynote speaker, Dr. Benoit Varenne, Chief Dental Officer of the WHO, joins us in keeping up the momentum of enthusiasm and spreading the messaging to a wider audience.
Since FDI World Dental Federation and The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) are the official nonstate associations in a relationship with the Oral Health Program of the WHO, we have invited a representative from each to react to Dr. Benoit Vareen’s presentation and answer questions in our open forum. The representative from The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) will be Executive Director, Dr. Chris Fox and from World Dental Federation (FDI), the representative will be Executive Director, Enzo Bondioni.
The program is moderated by:
Dr. Deborah Weisfuse, President of The Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders
For those of you who may have missed this program, or if you would like to recommend friends and colleagues, the most recent Think Tank and Open Forum with Dr. Benoit Varenne (WHO), Dr. Christopher Fox (IADR) and Mr. Enzo Bondioni (FDI) is now available to watch on-demand and to obtain your CE credit. Create your account with our partner Penn Dental Medicine and register to access this important program.
“Hoping to Help”
Controversies in Global Health Volunteerism
Guest Presenter: Dr. Judith Lasker
Moderator: Dr. Deborah Weisfuse
Dr. Judith N. Lasker is the author of Hoping to Help; The Promises and Pitfalls of Global Health Volunteering (Cornell U. Press, 2016), which examines the impact on host communities and on volunteers of short-term international programs in health. She has spoken about her research to audiences globally.
Dr. Lasker is co-founder of Advocacy for Global Health Partnerships, a coalition of leaders from all sectors involved in global health programs–—NGO’s, faith-based organizations, academia, governmental groups and corporations– who advocate for research-based standards for more effective and ethical practices. Dr. Lasker, is also creator of the “Brocher Declaration” which is a result of her years of research into the topic of “Improving the value of short term clinical programs in global health”. This declaration is a statement of ethical principles for guiding policy on short-term global health engagements and is supported by many organizations globally.
Dr. Lasker is Professor Emerita of Sociology and Health Medicine and Society, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, USA. She earned her B.A. at Brandeis and her M.A. and Ph.D. at Harvard. Judith’s major areas of interest are in the field of medical sociology, with particular emphasis on women’s health issues and international health.
In 2014, Judith was awarded the Centennial Medal by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard for “contributions to society as they have emerged from one’s graduate education at Harvard.”
Click video below to view on demand “Hoping to Help” Think Tank.
Think Tank and Open Forum Committee:
- Judy Bendit, RDH
- Dr. Lois Cohen
- Dr. Callum Durward
- Dr. Leslie Grant
- Dr. Regina Mutave
- Dr. Mahesh Verma
- Dr. Deborah Weisfuse
- Dr. Mark Wolff
Program support for this initiative has been provided by the Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund.