Recent News & Breakthroughs
Read the latest news stories from the Santa Fe Group, its programs and partners.
We are pleased to present our inaugural Santa Fe Group (SFG) Annual Report. This report marks our 25th anniversary as a neutral convener, communicator, and catalyst for change in advancing […]
Last week, US Senator Bernie Sanders introduced his Medicare for All Act of 2022 in the senate. Fourteen other senators are cosponsoring the bill, which would establish a federally administered […]
Our teeth: a gateway to nutrition, a way to signal our emotions, and a reflection of overall good health. Our teeth are truly worth respecting, preserving, and saving. Before the […]
April 26, 2022 For nine consecutive years, the Linda C. Niessen Geriatric Dentistry Symposium has been addressing key topics to help to improve dental treatment outcomes in older adults. The […]
Recent Santa Fe Group News
Nader Nadershahi, 51, of San Rafael, has been appointed to the Health Workforce Education and Training Council. Nadershahi has been Dean of the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni […]
“It is impossible for me to pick one vignette which adequately captures the scores of interactions with my dear friend, colleague, role model, mentor and fellow Santa Fe Group Founding Member, […]
Santa Fe Group Congratulates Dr. Michael C. Alfano and Assistant Surgeon General Dr. Timothy L. Ricks on their Shils Fund Awards
The Santa Fe Group congratulates founding member and immediate past president Dr. Michael C. Alfano, and Senior Scholar Dr. Timothy L. Ricks, as tonight, Tuesday, October 13 at 6:30pm EST […]
Santa Fe Group Announces Robert A. Ganley, Retired Global CEO of Ivoclar Vivadent, as Emeritus Member of it Strategic Advisory Council
NEW YORK, N.Y., October 7, 2020 — The Santa Fe Group (SFG), a not-for-profit, action-oriented think tank with a passion for improving lives through oral health, announced today that Ivoclar […]
Recent COVID-19 News
Executive Summary On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. By March 11, 2020, the number of cases […]
This June 1 whitepaper update on COVID-19 focuses on the progress that has been made since the end of March 2021, identifies new developments – including vaccine updates - and addresses the most pressing challenges still facing the healthcare community.
Examines the Role of Oral Health Care Providers in Current and Future Public Health Challenges The Santa Fe Group, an action-oriented think tank seeking to improve lives through oral health, […]
T4T Education & Industry leaders seek to Identify Best Point of Care Test The Santa Fe Group is proud to coordinate the Testing for Tomorrow [T4T] Collaborative and announce its […]
Recent Health News
Association Between Preventive Dental Care and Healthcare Cost for Patients With Diabetes or Coronary Artery Disease
The two-way link between periodontitis and diabetes has been highlighted in numerous studies in recent years—yet the impact of preventive dental treatments on diabetes control remains unclear. Likewise, while researchers […]
Although the past two decades have seen progress in raising awareness about the importance of oral health for overall health, dental and oral diseases remain problematic for many Americans. In […]
World Oral Health Day (WOHD), observed annually on March 20, provides a platform for raising global awareness of oral health issues. The theme for this year’s WOHD is “Be Proud […]
On March 9, the National Council on Disability released the results of a preliminary Medicaid study focused on the costs and return on costs associated with offering basic dental benefits […]
Recent Health Leadership News
PNWU Appointed Founding Dean for Developing School of Dental Medicine. Congratulations Dr. Panagakos!
The Santa Fe Group congratulates Dr. Fotinos Panagakos, who has recently been appointed Founding Dean of the developing School of Medicine at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU). With […]
On March 1, Kansas City University’s (KCU) College of Dental Medicine (CDM) announced that it has received initial accreditation status from the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). With initial accreditation […]
Center for Innovation & Precision Dentistry Launched at UPenn On January 22, the Center for Innovation & Precision Dentistry (CiPD) was launched with a virtual program that included participants from […]
Recent Medicare News
As policies to improve dental care benefits for seniors are currently being evaluated by Congress, the Santa Fe Group has provided an updated plan for Medicare Part B expansion and an Expanded Dental Benefit. In this addendum, cost estimates for these plans are detailed.
Approximately half of all Medicare beneficiaries having no dental care coverage at all while evidence continues to prove a strong link between oral disease and serious – even life-threatening – comorbidities.
A recently published study demonstrates the association of preventive dental care with reduced emergency department and inpatient admissions and costs.
Justice In Aging‘s new issue brief, Adding a Dental Benefit to Medicare: Addressing Oral Health Inequity Based on Disability , spotlights how adding a dental benefit to Medicare would reduce […]