Reducing oral health disparities: Learn from experts in CDA’s live virtual event series beginning Oct. 27

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

Looking deeper, 21% of white adult Californians reported their oral health as poor compared to 30% of Black Californians and 34% of Latinx Californians.

Job security, dental benefits coverage and access to reliable transportation or optimally fluoridated water, as well as disparities in diverse dental providers, all can impact 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 learning events to better understand how they can strengthen their own practice and the profession by including historically excluded communities and reducing oral health disparities. The events are just one facet of the work CDA is doing to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in dentistry.

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

Here is a look at CDA’s series on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging with live virtual events scheduled for three upcoming Thursdays: Oct. 27, Nov. 3 and Nov. 10. Registration is open for all events.

DEIB Part 1 — A Primer

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

Participants will:

  • Understand how past and current governmental policies have led to disparities in oral health. 
  • Learn how past policies in organized dentistry created divides within the profession. 
  • Hear about future policies that can help alleviate oral health disparities in society. 

Register for this event.

DEIB Part 2 — Inclusive Healthcare: Fostering Belonging and Trust in Oral Health

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

Participants will:

  • Understand the definition of cultural humility in the context of providing health care. 
  • Hear what other health professionals are doing to obtain 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 happening 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10, a multidisciplinary panel of physicians, dentists and public policy experts will outline the disparities in California within the patient population and dental team. 

Participants will:

  • Understand the disparities in California within patient population levels. 
  • Comprehend the disparities within dental teams at state and national levels. 
  • 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 launched in September at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco with the in-person panel presentation “Women in Dentistry.” The upcoming live virtual series is sponsored by Henry Schein Dental.

Register for one or all three live virtual events. 


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