Join us for the first in a series of Lunch and Learn seminars sponsored by the UIC College of Dentistry Division of Prevention and Public Health Sciences in collaboration with the Student Chapter of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry.
Marko Vujicic, PhD, Chief Economist and Vice President, Health Policy Institute of the ADA
Our dental care system is stuck: and here is what we can do about it
Dr. Vujicic’s recent guest editorial in JADA “Our dental care system is stuck: and here is what we can do about it” (JADA vol. 149(3), March 2018) will serve as a pre-reading recommendation for the session.
Dental care use is rising among low-income and minority children, and racial and economic disparities are narrowing. Dental care use among seniors is also on the rise. However, unlike for children, high-income seniors are driving this trend, meaning income disparities are actually widening. But despite steady reductions in cost barriers to dental care for adults in recent years, there has been no appreciable bounce back in utilization.
Looking forward, demand for dental care among working-aged adults (the engine of the dental economy) will continue to be sluggish, especially for restorative care. In this session, Dr. Vujicic will discuss why the dental care system needs major reforms to address the needs of today, and the future.
About This Series
The dental service platform is changing rapidly. The future of dental practice and care delivery will not be a reflection of the past. Changes in the health and oral health platforms of care are occurring at an unprecedented rate. Regarding oral health, developments in the following areas provide a glimpse of the drivers of change: workforce, inter-professional practice, large group practices, payment for value rather than volume of care, and focus on prevention and population health, among others.
These seminars address what is happening now and what’s expected in the future. This is a four-session Lunch and Learn series specifically focused on future directions for dental care-delivery and improved oral health. Each session will be unique, informative and provocative. To gain the most from the series, we recommended that you plan to attend all four sessions.
- On September 24 at 12:30 pm, Marko Vujicic, PhD, Chief Economist and Vice President, Health Policy Institute of the ADA, will speak. Dr. Vujicic’s recent guest editorial in JADA “Our dental care system is stuck: and here is what we can do about it” (JADA vol. 149(3), March 2018) will serve as a pre-reading recommendation for the session.
- On October 9, at 12:30pm , Michael Helgeson, DDS, CEO of Apple Tree Dental will speak regarding dental care system changes pointing out Apple Tree as an example. Apple Tree is an innovative multi-site dental plan and service provider in Minnesota.
- On a date to be determined in January or February 2019, Steve Pollock, CEO of DentaQuest will speak. DentaQuest, is a purpose-driven, double bottom-line enterprise and leader in oral health. It is positioned uniquely with 22 million members, benefits administration in 30 states, care delivery practices in five states, along with extensive leadership in philanthropy, academia, and public health. DentaQuest is redefining what prevention means, transforming standards across the industry, and expanding access to oral health for all.
- On a date to be determined in March or April 2019, Kathleen O’Loughlin, DDS, MPH, Executive Director of the ADA will be the closing and wrap-up speaker for the series.
Khatija Noorullah, MPH, MEd
Clinical Community Academic Manager
UIC-College of Dentistry, MC 621
Division of Prevention and Public Health Sciences
801 S. Paulina St
Chicago , IL 60612