This is the second year that Dr. Jack led the Public Health Symposium which consisted of four panels of national healthcare leaders. The panels focused on current issues and ideas for a healthier country, and the discussions included all health professionals working in a collaborative manner.
The program started by reviewing emerging trends among providers, payers and regulators that will influence the future of healthcare. David Gesko, from Health Partners, identified areas of focus that will be part of the dental practice landscape in 2030, including the integration of oral health into primary care. Dr. Allen Finkelstein discussed how reimbursement will continue to be a key driver for practice success. Physician educators Drs. Hugh Silk and Patricia Braun showed how the collaboration of medical and dental providers and insurers is essential for achieving improved health and health equity by 2030.
The panel looked at the opportunity to improve global health equity brought together private and non profit examples.These included the growth and impact of Dental Service Organizations, global oral health care mission trips and care for the homeless. Steve Thorne, CEO and Founder of Pacific Dental Services (PDS), described their successful practice model and how “service” is an integral part of their culture with PDS sponsoring programs in Ethiopia, Guatemala and Fiji. Also on the panel was Dr. Othman Shibly, University of Buffalo dental faculty, who recently returned from two service trips to the Middle East where he provided dental care to thousands of refugees. Dr. Kris Volcheck, CEO and Founder of Brighterway Institute in Arizona, provides services to the homeless, veterans and boys and girls clubs.
The Panel on Special Needs brought home the critical issues facing the over 60 million Americans with disabilities, including those with intellectual developmental disabilities (IDD). The panel included global leaders, Drs. Rick Rader and Maureen Perry and Chairman of the US Disabilities Council, Neil Romano.
The fourth panel brought together non-dentists who have demonstrated the critical role physican assistants, nurses, dental hygienists and dental therapists play in improving oral and systemic health through collaboration. Kudos to nurses Dr. Judi Haber and Erin Hartnett, physician assistant, Dr. Rand Danielsen, dental hygienist Anne Battrell, and dental therapist, Drew Christianson, for their team approach and meaningful presentations.
This interactive and collaborate conference provided the opportunity for Dr. Jack to visit with old friends, classmates from dental school and some ASDOH graduates.