Biennial PA Oral Health Summit

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The 2021 PA Oral Health Summit was held on November 11-12, 2021 at the Best Western Premier Hotel and Conference Center in Harrisburg, PA.

There were nearly 100 individuals in attendance for this two-day event, filled with educational presentations, small group discussion, networking opportunities and more.

This year’s agenda featured a lineup of two keynote addresses, a state of the state report, and twelve 15-minute presentations followed by small group discussions.

Presentations covered a range of topics including:

  • The PA Oral Health Plan 2020-2030
  • The status of oral health in PA
  • Oral health care for veterans
  • Community water fluoridation in PA
  • Integrating behavioral health into an oral health setting
  • The roles of managed care organizations and third-party administrators
  • Trauma-informed care in dentistry
  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) related oropharyngeal cancer
  • Treating patients with special health care needs
  • Tobacco in 2021
  • Current national issues in oral health
  • Oral health advocacy and lobbying
  • Developing oral health curriculum for medical students
  • Oral health's impact on dentistry
  • Dental workforce issues and planning

Thank you to all those organizations who were able to financially support our 2021 Summit.

Thank you to our 2021 pa oral health summit sponsors!

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Support from the Pennsylvania Department of Health is through the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by CDC, HHS or the U.S. Government.

2018 PA Oral Health Summit

The 2018 PA Oral Health Summit was held on November 29-30, 2018 at the Best Western Premier Hotel and Conference Center in Harrisburg, PA.

More than 120 individuals were in attendance for this collaborative two-day event, filled with networking opportunities and insights.

Thank you to all those organizations who were able to financially support our 2018 Summit.

This two-day summit has accelerated our efforts by bringing together leaders from across Pennsylvania to reconnect, discover intersections, and further the oral health movement through innovative collaboration. This year’s format for the two-day event was highly participative and drew strongly on the experiences and wisdom of the people in the room.

Together, we can find ways to continue to impact:

  • Access – Pennsylvania is a diverse state by population and geography. Sufficient access to oral health care is a right of the people that we have struggled to meet in the past.
  • Workforce – With new scalable prototypes arising from our 2016 Workforce Innovation Summit, PA is primed to fully utilize all its oral health workforce to meet population needs. We will continue to dive deeper into new and renewed models to identify solutions and strengthen the oral health safety net for all.
  • Infrastructure – With the launch of the 2017-2020 PA Oral Health Plan since our last convening, PA infrastructure is supporting the oral health movement at all levels. Our work together at this summit aligns with and elevates the PA Oral Health Plan.

More than 120 decision-makers and influencers from across Pennsylvania were present, including:

Thank you to all those organizations who were able to financially support our 2018 Summit.

At the heart of the matter, everyone deserves the opportunity for good oral health