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Engaging a state medical society in oral health: a community action report.

Authors
  • Bannon, Annika L1
  • Silk, Hugh J1
  • 1 Department of Family Medicine & Community Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Public Health Dentistry
Publisher
Wiley (Blackwell Publishing)
Publication Date
Aug 08, 2019
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/jphd.12333
PMID: 31392729
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Increasingly, the medical community is recognizing how oral health relates to overall health and engaging in oral health promotion. In 2012, the Massachusetts Medical Society set out to explore how to prioritize oral health as a part of its public health agenda. It began with an Oral Health Forum, which evolved into a Committee on Oral Health. This committee is the first of its kind in a state medical society and is comprised of a diverse group of medical and dental professionals. In this article, we review the process by which the committee was established, report on projects, and reflect on lessons learned. © 2019 American Association of Public Health Dentistry.

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