Recent News & Breakthroughs

Read the latest news stories from the Santa Fe Group, its programs and partners.

Recent Santa Fe Group News

SFG’s 2021 Annual Report

Santa Fe Group · May 20, 2022 · The Editors

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 […]

Nader Nadershahi has been appointed to the Health Workforce Education and Training Council

Santa Fe Group · December 22, 2021 · The Editors

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 […]

In Memoriam, Art Dugoni, 1925-2020

Santa Fe Group · October 15, 2020 · The Editors

“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

Santa Fe Group · October 13, 2020 · The Editors

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 […]

Recent COVID-19 News


COVID-19 · April 19, 2022 · The Editors

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 […]

Update to Position Paper Series on COVID-19 Consequences and Challenges: A Look at April & May 2021

COVID-19 · June 22, 2021 · The Editors

This June 1 position paper 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.

New Position Paper Series Focuses on COVID-19 Consequences

COVID-19 · November 8, 2020 · The Editors

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, […]

Santa Fe Group Coordinates Testing for Tomorrow [T4T] Collaborative

COVID-19 · October 19, 2020 · The Editors

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

June Is Oral Health Month!

Health · June 1, 2022 · The Editors

June is national oral health month in the United States. Supported by the American Dental Association (ADA), oral health month serves as a reminder of the importance of good oral […]

9th Annual Linda C. Niessen Geriatric Dentistry Symposium

Health · April 26, 2022 · The Editors

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 […]

Your Teeth Are Worth Saving – May Is Save Your Tooth Month!

Health · April 19, 2022 · The Editors

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 […]

Association Between Preventive Dental Care and Healthcare Cost for Patients With Diabetes or Coronary Artery Disease

Health · March 24, 2022 · The Editors

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 […]

Recent Health Leadership News

Overjet Receives Second FDA Clearance for Caries Assist

Health Leadership · June 2, 2022 · The Editors

Overjet has received FDA clearance for Caries Assist, the AI-powered dental caries detection and outlining software for chairside aid and patient communication. Following the FDA clearance last year of Overjet’s […]

PNWU Appointed Founding Dean for Developing School of Dental Medicine. Congratulations Dr. Panagakos!

Health Leadership · March 28, 2022 · The Editors

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 […]

Congratulations to Dr. Niessen and Kansas City University

Health Leadership · March 9, 2022 · The Editors

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 […]

Innovation Center to Develop Solutions in Oral Health

Health Leadership · February 3, 2021 · The Editors

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

Medicare for All – Act of 2022

Medicare · May 19, 2022 · The Editors

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 […]

2021 Santa Fe Group Updated Plan and Cost Estimates for Medicare Part B Dental Coverage

Medicare · October 6, 2021 · The Editors

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.

Dental Coverage Under Medicare: Seeking Solutions

Medicare · August 4, 2021 · The Editors

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.

First Comprehensive Study on Preventive Dental Care and Medicaid Costs

Medicare · May 17, 2021 · The Editors

A recently published study demonstrates the association of preventive dental care with reduced emergency department and inpatient admissions and costs.