Recent News & Breakthroughs

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

Recent Santa Fe Group News

Santa Fe Group Secures Grant from CareQuest Institute to Launch Coalition to Advocate for Oral Health Care Policy Reform

Santa Fe Group · March 27, 2024 · The Editors

CareQuest Institute for Oral Health has awarded a grant of $125,000 to the Santa Fe Group to establish a center to identify key issues facing the dental profession, prepare policy […]

Recipients of 2024 William J. Gies Awards

Santa Fe Group · March 12, 2024 · The Editors

On March 11, at the 2024 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, the 2024 William J. Gies Awards were presented to three recipients: Alison F. Doubleday, Ph.D, M.A., M.S. – the […]

Black History Month – Past, Present, Future

Santa Fe Group · February 29, 2024 · The Editors

This Black History Month, we honor those Black Americans who have changed and are continuing to change the way we view and understand oral health and its importance for overall […]

The Santa Fe Group Submits Nomination of Dental Services for Medicare Coverage for Individuals With Diabetes

Santa Fe Group · February 19, 2024 · The Editors

On February 2, 2024, the Santa Fe Group submitted their nomination to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to request coverage of medically necessary dental services for individuals […]

Recent Health News

AA and NHPI Heritage Month

Health · May 21, 2024 · The Editors

May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) Heritage Month! This month is an opportunity to recognize the many ways AA and NHPI history, culture, leadership, […]

May: Mental Health Awareness Month

Health · May 13, 2024 · The Editors

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a national observance started in 1949 by Mental Health America to bring attention to the importance of mental wellbeing. Across the country, individuals and […]

The Oral Cancer Foundation

Health · April 25, 2024 · The Editors

During Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we direct our focus to the causes for hope for individuals with oral cancer. While the incidence of oral cancer is comparatively low, with these […]

Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Health · April 2, 2024 · The Editors

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, an annual initiative to promote the prevention and early detection of these cancers. Oral cancer accounts for approximately three percent of all cancers diagnosed […]

Recent Health Leadership News

Article: The Value of a Global Mindset

Health Leadership · May 15, 2024 · The Editors

Across the globe, millions of people lack oral health care. Others are going to great lengths to access it.  Almost half of the world’s population experiences oral diseases, and health […]

Dr. Judith Haber Appointed to Healthy Smiles, Healthy Hearts™ Initiative

Health Leadership · April 18, 2024 · The Editors

Judith Haber, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., F.A.A.N., Executive Director of the Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice Program (OHNEP), has been appointed to the National Scientific Advisory Group of the American Heart […]

Nader Nadershahi Reappointed to the California Health Workforce Education and Training Council

Health Leadership · March 28, 2024 · The Editors

On March 13, Nader Nadershahi, D.D.S, M.B.A., Ed.D., Dean of the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, was reappointed by California governor Gavin Newsom to the […]

GoMo Health Welcomes Dr. Judith Haber to Advisory Board

Health Leadership · December 13, 2023 · The Editors

Judith Haber, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., F.A.A.N., Professor Emerita at the New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing and Executive Director of the Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP) Program, […]

Recent Medical-Dental Integration News

Early Detection of Oral Cancer

Medical-Dental Integration · February 27, 2024 · The Editors

A new test developed by University of Illinois Chicago researchers allows dentists to screen for the most common form of oral cancer with a simple and familiar tool: the brush. […]

Medical-Dental Integration Shepherds Dentistry Into Healthcare to Improve Outcomes

Medical-Dental Integration · January 2, 2024 · The Editors

The November 2023 issue of Inside Dentistry features an article that examines how the incorporation of dental preventive care into medical care not only closes gaps regarding access but also […]

Integrating Oral Health Into Primary Care Is ‘Critical,’ But ‘There Is a Long Way To Go’

Medical-Dental Integration · December 19, 2023 · The Editors

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force announced on November 7, 2023, that there was not yet enough evidence to officially recommend oral health screening and preventive interventions for adults and […]

Recent Medicare News

Proposed Rule to Include Adult Dental Coverage as an Essential Health Benefit on the ACA Exchanges

Medicare · November 29, 2023 · The Editors

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published on November 24, 2023, in the Federal Register a proposed rule that would allow states to include adult dental services as […]

CMS Takes Important Steps in Addressing Coverage Gaps and Inconsistencies in Essential Health Benefits

Medicare · November 16, 2023 · The Editors

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that it is taking important steps to remove barriers to coverage for adult dental care. In the annual Notice of […]

Public Statement on Medicare Coverage of Medically Necessary Oral and Dental Health Therapies

Medicare · November 7, 2023 · The Editors

The Consortium for Medically Necessary Oral Health Coverage welcomes the final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2024 as another important step forward for Medicare beneficiaries and oral systemic health. “By […]

Systemic Health in Autoimmune Disease: Dental Care is Critical

Medicare · August 29, 2023 · The Editors

The Consortium for Medically Necessary Oral Health Coverage undertakes educational, community-building, and advocacy efforts to expand access to medically necessary oral health care. Take advantage of their resources, which include […]