2015 Symposium Presentations

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Morning Plenary Sessions:

Older Adults and Quality of Life: What, Why, and How?

  • William Vega, PhD, Provost Professor and Director, USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging

Oral Health and the Quality of Life in Older Adults

  • Roseann Mulligan, DDS, MS, Associate Dean, Community Health Programs and Hospital Affairs, and Division Chair, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of the University of Southern California (USC)

Caring for Older Adults: The Evolving Public Health and Policy Implications 

  • Fernando Torres-Gil, MSW, PhD, Professor, Social Welfare and Public Policy & Director of Center for Policy Research on Aging at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

Oral Health and Chronic Diseases: An Overview

  • Peter B. Lockhart, DDS, Professor of Oral Medicine, Carolinas Medical Center

Lunch Sessions:

California by the Numbers: Preliminary Data from the Oral Health Needs Assessment of Older Adults

  • Theresa Anselmo, MPH, BSDH, RDH, Manager, Public Health Programs, Center for Oral Health

Access for Older Adults: Advocating for Oral Health in Medicare

  • Beth Truett, President and CEO of Oral Health America

Breakout Sessions - Early Afternoon

Dry Mouth in Older Adults and Its Management

  • Piedad Suarez Durall, DDS, Assistant Professor of Clinical Dentistry, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

Oral Related Pain Management

  • Phuu Han, DDS, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Dentistry, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

Medicare, Medicaid, Private Insurance: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Mary Foley, RDH, MPH, Executive Director, Medicaid-CHIP State Dental Association

Dental Care Delivery in the Nursing Home: Rules and Regulations

  • Michael J. Helgeson, DDS, CEO, Apple Tree Dental

Breakout Sessions - Late Afternoon:

Oral Exam for Non Dentists: What, When, How?

  • Joel Laudenbach, DMD, Assistant Professor, Western University of Health Sciences, College of Dental Medicine

Oral Risk Assessment and Health Promotion

  • Sue Spackman, DDS, Associate Professor, Loma Linda University, School of Dentistry

Oral Health and Chronic Diseases: An In-Depth Discussion

  • Peter B. Lockhart, DDS, Professor of Oral Medicine, Carolinas Medical Center

Oral Biofilms in Health and Disease

  • Parish P. Sedghizadeh, DDS, MS, Assistant Professor, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC