Recent News & Breakthroughs

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

Recent Santa Fe Group News

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 […]

Santa Fe Group Announces Robert A. Ganley, Retired Global CEO of Ivoclar Vivadent, as Emeritus Member of it Strategic Advisory Council

Santa Fe Group · October 9, 2020 · The Editors

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


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 Whitepaper Series on COVID-19 Consequences and Challenges: A Look at April & May 2021

COVID-19 · June 22, 2021 · The Editors

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.

New Whitepaper 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

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 […]

Oral Health for All — Realizing the Promise of Science

Health · March 22, 2022 · The Editors

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 […]

Be Proud of Your Mouth! World Oral Health Day – March 20

Health · March 18, 2022 · The Editors

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 […]

NCD Report Shows a Return on Investment for Offering Medicaid Dental Care to Adults With I/DD

Health · March 16, 2022 · The Editors

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!

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

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.

Justice In Aging

Medicare · October 26, 2020 · The Editors

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 […]