June 2024 eNewsletter

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June 2024   


Comprehensive Oral Health Legislation Introduced

Recently, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health,
Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), introduced the Comprehensive Dental Care
Reform Act of 2024, which is aimed at ending the dental crisis in America by expanding
coverage, creating new access points, enhancing the workforce, improving education,
and funding new research.

Communities Advancing Research Equity for Health™ (CARE for Health™)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that it is investing approximately $30 million in total over fiscal years 2024 and 2025 to pilot a national primary care research network that integrates clinical research with community-based primary care.

Must It Take So Long to Become a Dentist?

Are there ways to shorten the total time to a dental degree and make it more affordable without compromising the quality of education and patient care?
The evidence points to a resounding, "Yes!"

A Dental Debacle: Why Veterans Struggle to Navigate VA’s Oral Care

Currently, VA provides medical care for more than 9 million veterans. Of that group, only about 1.8 million were eligible for dental care last year as part of their veterans health care benefits. And just around 40% of those eligible individuals — about 685,000 veterans — actually used the care last year.

AI, Dentistry, and Ethics: Prioritizing Transparency and Equitable Access

Many researchers, developers, and oral health care providers are optimistic that AI-backed tools will ultimately make dental medicine more equitable and accessible for patients. Yet they also acknowledge issues of fairness and bias.


The Benefits of Integrating Oral Health Into
Overall Health

Part of the Santa Fe Group’s Continuum on the Benefits of Integrating Oral Health Into Overall Health, this 6 sessions series offers webinars to stimulate further thought and collaborations to contribute to health care strategies for integrating oral health into overall health care. 

Session 1: The Imperative for Integration 

The session’s webinar will present the imperative for accelerating integration of oral health. A reactor panel will reflect on how best to accelerate progress, with implications for training, practice, science, and policy.

Session 2: The Face of Integration: From Science to Clinical Care and Back Again

In this session, scientific insights on oral health relationships with major clinical conditions illustrate the importance of integrating oral health across research and practice, and explore opportunities to accelerate change in these areas.


UB dental school gets NIH diversity prize

The University at Buffalo’s School of Dental Medicine is one of 10 institutions to win the National Institutes of Health’s new Institutional Excellence in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility in Biomedical and Behavioral Research Prize.


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