UCLA Oral Health Innovation Forum

Course Fee: $45
CDE Credits: 4.5
BRN Nursing CE: 4.5
October 6, 2018
Saturday  8:00 am-1:00 pm

at the UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center

Online registration is closed

Limited on-site walk-up registration at Luskin Conference Center

Includes continental breakfast.

Parking is an additional $12 payable onsite.

Special reduced fee available to students and residents. Contact Continuing Dental Education directly.


The UCLA Center for Children’s Oral Health will be holding an interprofessional “Oral Health Innovation Forum”. This interactive forum would be the first of its kind: a cross-collaboration of five major UCLA Schools to discuss and find policy solutions for oral health issues (with a focus for Early Childhood Caries-ECC) through a lens of social equity & social justice. This is a pioneering event for systems-change approaches in both the delivery of oral health care and primary care.


Paul Krebsbach, DDS, PhD
Dean, UCLA School of Dentistry, Professor of Periodontics

Forum Chair: Francisco Ramos-Gomez DDS, MPH
Professor, Director of UCLA Center for Children’s Oral Health (UCCOH) and of the UCLA Pediatric Dentistry Advanced Clinical Training Program (ACT). Dr. Ramos will discuss the relevance of Interprofessional Education (IPE) between oral health care and primary care providers.

Keynote: Marko Vujicic, PhD
Chief Economist & V.P. of the Health Policy Institute at the American Dental Association. Dr. Vujicic will discuss the future of Dentistry and provide some economic forecasting.

Jayanth Kumar DDS, MPH
California State Dental Director. Dr. Kumar will present California’s Oral Health Strategic Plan.

Jim Crall, DDS, MS, ScD
Professor, Chair of the Division of Public Health and Community Dentistry. Dr. Crall will provide updates on the “More LA Smiles” the UCLA Dental Transformation Initiative Oral Health Program.

Learning Objectives
  • Continue the dialogue regarding oral health disparities as a public health concern and the need for interprofessional partnerships in order to create tangible, positive changes in oral health status and ultimately in the lives of underserved, low-income children and families.
  • Mobilize a diverse stakeholder group of dental, medical, nursing, public health and public policy thought leaders in order to develop a strategic plan of action for oral health advocacy.
  • This half-day forum will include an interactive panel discussion focusing on five topics:
  1. Financial issues regarding Early Childhood Caries prevention
  2. Policy developments with a focus on Early Childhood Caries prevention
  3. Diversity issues in the dental workforce
  4. Access to care issues and barriers to care
  5. What providers need to know for patient care in the future with emerging technology

Our collaborative strategic plan of action at the end of the forum will include ways to:

  • Meet the increasing need & demand for quality preventive oral health for underserved, vulnerable, & low-income families/communities.
  • Alter fee-for-service payments to pay for primary care on a risk-adjusted/value-based comprehensive fee per patient with adjustments for quality.
  • Expand the role of existing oral health care professionals to primary care providers and services of public health (community oral health workers, promotoras, dental home navigators, etc.).
  • Shape a responsive and wide-reaching interprofessional health care framework that focuses on continuity of care and team-based care.
  • Foster translational interprofessional research to create systems change utilizing quality improvement protocols.
  • Address the impacts of socioeconomic dynamics (i.e., social determinants of health) on oral health disparities and achieve oral health equity for all.
  • Explore technology-based solutions for enhanced integration of medical and dental services, i.e. data systems that track clinical, operational, and patients’ experience.

Speakers/instructors and topics are subject to change without prior notice.