3 minority oral health professional unite to form Diverse Dental Society (DDS)
The Diverse Dental Society (DDS) is a new entity comprised of three culturally diverse organizations: the Hispanic Dental Association, the National Dental Association, and the Society of American Indian Dentists. These groups celebrate their rich and diverse cultures and share a common mission to address unmet needs in under-resourced communities and leverage their collective impact to eliminate disparities and increase health and oral health equity. DDS promotes inter-professional collaboration and considers the integration of oral health throughout the healthcare infrastructure as essential for a healthier nation. To support its mission to support oral health awareness, DDS, with sponsorship by Colgate-Palmolive Company, created a Pandemic Oral Health Safety Video Contest, winners to be announced soon. DDS, established in April 2020, is a 501(c)3 organization comprised of three organizations whose alliance embodies their similar ideology and a shared mission: the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA), the National Dental Association (NDA) and the Society of American Indian Dentists (SAID). The unified and collaborative efforts of these organizations will address the unmet oral and healthcare needs of underserved populations through service, education, outreach, and advocacy. Collectively, DDS will impact and reform health policy.
Penn Dental gifted $5M to create Center for Integrative Global Oral Health
Penn’s School of Dental Medicine has received a $5 million gift to create the Center for Integrative Global Oral Health and an endowed professorship to lead it. The Center will develop curricula for DMD and Master’s-level training in oral disease prevention, Penn Dental Medicine reported. The Center will also work to integrate oral health as a part of overall health by introducing a Penn Dental Medicine Master of Public Oral Health degree. The new center will also conduct research on oral health policies at the global, national, and local levels, and facilitate conversations among educators and policymakers on health policy and health systems. The gift will also create the Fields-Rayant endowed professorship within the Center, whose recipient will work with faculty to develop curricula to integrate oral health into broader conversations surrounding health and healthcare. Penn Dental Medicine plans to launch a multi-year fundraising campaign to match the $5 million gift to secure a lasting endowment for the Center.
Mike Baird named as new CEO for Henry Schein One
Henry Schein One announced that Mike Baird will assume the role of CEO, leading all aspects of Henry Schein One’s business. Baird joined Henry Schein One in July 2020 as executive advisor to the Henry Schein In his new role, Baird will work with leaders across Henry Schein One, including the Company’s software businesses in Europe and Asia-Pacific, to continue developing industry-leading practice management, dental savings plans, marketing, office information technology (IT), and patient engagement solutions. Baird’s team will also partner closely with Henry Schein Dental, utilizing the Company’s portfolio of supplies, equipment, and practice services to provide comprehensive solutions for customers. Prior to joining Henry Schein One, Baird held several leadership positions in health care information technology, and most recently served as President of Health Systems at American Well. Henry Schein One is a joint venture of Henry Schein, Inc. (Melville, NY) and Internet Brands.
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2021 Definitive Conference for Dental Service Organizations
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