Maryland Oral Health Summit: Proceedings
Following news of the death in 2007 of a 12-year-old Maryland boy, Deamonte Driver, from an untreated dental infection that had spread to his brain and shocked the nation, the state of Maryland created the Maryland Dental Action Coalition and in 2011, with the Santa Fe Group convened the Maryland Oral Health Summit in October 2011. These two organizations were joined by a diverse gathering of public and private health groups and experts representing state, local, and federal programs and academia. It was designed to build on experiences within and beyond the state and to develop strategies toward maximizing the oral health of all individuals, especially vulnerable populations. The state’s response and continued vigilance have been watched closely by other states for lessons learned and paths to take in search of optimal health outcomes.