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2015 National Oral Health Conference

April 27–29, 2015

Kansas City, Missouri


The 2015 National Oral Health Conference (NOHC) will be held April 27–29, at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. The 16th annual joint meeting of the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD), and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD) is the premier annual dental public health meeting. Sessions will focus on topics relevant to research, policy, programs, education, and community-based care—highlighting how these areas of public health can work together towards improving the oral health of the nation.

The keynote speaker for the 2015 NOHC will be Harold Jaffe, MD, MA, Associate Director for Science, Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention. Dr. Jaffe’s presentation, “And the Band Played On: How Public Health Responds to Emerging Diseases,” will use the example of the first recognition of HIV/AIDS as a new disease to explore the role of federal, state, and local public health agencies in dealing with current emerging outbreaks such as Ebola, Enterovirus D68, and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

This year’s sessions will focus on a wide variety of oral health issues that include the following:

  • Vulnerable populations
  • Genetics and public health practice
  • Community water fluoridation
  • Medical and dental integration
  • Early childhood caries (tooth decay)
  • Oral health and older populations
  • State oral health coalitions
  • Oral health literacy

Preconference sessions will be offered on April 25 and 26. This year’s preconference program will include the following sessions: Estimating Costs and Impact of School Sealant Programs Using Minimal Data, State Oral Health Data and Healthy People 2020 Targets, Mobilizing Locally for Oral Health: Tools and Tactics for Creating Change, and Sustaining Programs and Outcomes.

The NOHC is designed for public health officials; state, territorial, and local dental directors; dental health care providers; dental and health educators; Medicaid/State Children’s Health Insurance Program dental representatives; community health center personnel; dental insurance company staff; dental manufacturers; legislators and policymakers; and students.

To obtain additional information, including presentations from previous years’ conferences, visit the NOHC Web site.