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Oral Health Webinar Series 2024 - Session 1

  • February 26, 2024
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Zoom


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Minnesota Public Health Association Oral Health in Population Health: More than a Pretty Smile

Webinar Series on Policy, Clinical Practice, and Research in Oral Health across MN

Panel Discussion Title

Filling the data gaps in dental measurement: Measuring Oral Health Impact and Optimizing Disease Identification

Session Description:

This webinar panel will showcase the efforts of oral health researchers and discuss barriers and opportunities in population oral health research.

Disease Phenotyping: Accurately identifying individuals with dental conditions is important for advancing oral health quality measures and dental health services research. The dental profession does not routinely utilize diagnosis codes and disease information can be incomplete within dental records. Novel methods in health informatics allow for integration of multiple sources of disease information to capture more accurate diagnoses.

Oral Health Impact Profile: Dental treatments and public health programs need to be evaluated by how well they address dental patients’ functional, painful, aesthetical, and broader psycho-social problems. The 5-item Oral Health Impact Profile (OHIP-5) is a psychometrically solid and practical instrument to do this.

Speakers Bio:

Moderator: Lyubov Slashcheva, DDS, MS, Research Director, Dentist—Apple Tree Dental

Dr. Lyubov Slashcheva is the Research Director and Dentist for Apple Tree Dental. She is a Fellow of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry and a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health. She serves as the Immediate Past Chairperson for the American Public Health Association Oral Health Section and a Board Member of the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry. Dr. Slashcheva is passionate about providing high-quality care to older adults and individuals with disabilities across their lifespans.

Panelists: John O’Malley, MHI, PhD Candidate— CareQuest Institute for Oral Health/University of Michigan

John O’Malley is the lead biostatistician at CareQuest Institute for Oral Health, where he focuses on periodontal disease phenotyping research as part of his PhD dissertation at the University of Michigan’s program in Health Infrastructures and Learning Systems and Scientific Computing. John served two tours in the U.S. Peace Corps before beginning a 10+ year career in dental public health.

Mike John, DDS, PhD, MPH—University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

Dr. Mike John is a clinician-researcher trained in dental prosthodontics, orofacial pain, and epidemiology. He is an associate professor for the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry and School of Public Health. Dr. John serves as editor for numerous peer-reviewed journals and leads a diverse research team that investigates the use of dental patient-reported outcome measures.

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