About Isman and Fine

Robert Isman, DDS, MPH

Robert Isman, DDS, MPH, recently retired as a Dental Program Consultant for the California Department of Health Care Services in the unit that administers California’s Medicaid dental program. There he was involved in a variety of activities related to the administration of this program, including efforts to increase access to dental services for Medi-Cal beneficiaries, utilization monitoring, quality assurance, and liaison with public health programs inside and outside the Department.

Prior to assuming his current position, Dr. Isman was Chief of the Department's Dental Health Section—the State Dental Director—for 10 years. He is a past President of the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, past Chair of the Oral Health Section of the American Public Health Association, founder and past Chair of the Oral Health Section of the California Public Health Association--North, the first dentist in the U.S. to be selected as a Pew Fellow for Health Services Research, and a founding member of the Dental Health Foundation (now the Center for Oral Health). He is also a founding member and Past Chairperson of the Medicaid/CHIP State Dental Association.

Most of Dr. Isman’s professional career and interest have been devoted to increasing access to dental care for vulnerable populations. He is a longtime student of, and advocate for, improved access to care, and, with his wife Beverly, wrote an extensive monograph on this issue for Oral Health America several years ago.

Dr. Isman received his DDS from the UCSF School of Dentistry and his MPH from the University of California at Berkeley.

Jared I. Fine, DDS, MPH

Jared I. Fine DDS, MPH was the Dental Health Administrator for the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, Public Health Department for nearly 39 years where he has been a leader in the development of innovative delivery systems and programs that promote the health of children and families emphasizing access to primary prevention and treatment.

He established the first continuously operating school based/ linked dental sealant program in 1993 in two Oakland elementary schools. He has piloted a successful national demonstration program known as Healthy Kids Healthy Teeth, to increase access to dental care for Medi-Cal eligible children 0-5 years. Dr. Fine was Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the California wide First Five Oral Health Initiative and co designed the continuing education program on early childhood caries prevention for the dental and medical community. He established a collaborative program of primary preventive services for children at WIC sites operational since 2008. He led Alameda County to the development of a 5 year strategic Plan for Oral Health in 2012.

Dr. Fine was an inaugural fellow in the USPHS Primary Care Policy Fellowship, has served as President of the Alameda County Dental Society, Chair of the Oral Health Section of the American Public Health Association, Chairman of Board of the Center for Oral Health (formerly the Dental Health Foundation). He recently served on the California Dental Association Taskforce on Workforce and on Access to Care. He was the 2008 recipient of the Myron Allukian Jr. Award from the Association of Community Dental Programs and the 2013 recipient of the John W. Knutson Award in Dental Public Health from the American Public Health Association.