Upcoming Webinar: The State of Oral Health: Increasing Access & Reducing Disparities

Post Date: October 20, 2021

An estimated 80 million Americans currently lack access to dental care. As oral health is essential to the overall health and well-being of an individual, the large number of those without access can have potentially devastating health consequences such as an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, chronic diseases, diabetes, and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Three main barriers to accessing dental care include coverage, provider shortages, and cultural barriers to oral health. In this webinar, we will hear from leaders in the field of oral health who are working to reduce disparities in access to and quality of care. 

Speakers will discuss:

  • Federal initiatives to reduce health disparities and advance oral health equity, while furthering oral health in pediatric populations 
  • A health plan foundation’s investment, in collaboration with the Duke Endowment, to improve oral health access in the Carolinas, including in rural communities and school-based programs

Interprofessional solutions to integrate oral health into education and care delivery models.


Natalia Chalmers, DDS, MHSc, PhD
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Katie Eyes, MSW
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation 

Anita Duhl Glicken, MSW 
National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health
University of Colorado School of Medicine 

Register Today

Event Date: November 9, 2021

Time: 1:00-2:00 PM ET