ADA Press Release
ADA President Thanks Department of Health and Human Services for Naming Oral Health as ‘Leading Health Indicator’
Washington, Oct. 31, 2011 – ADA President William R. Calnon, D.D.S. thanked the Department of Health and Human Services today for including oral health among the “leading health indicators” (LHIs) used to evaluate the nation’s progress in promoting health care objectives outlined in Healthy People 2020. In a letter to HHS Administrator Kathleen Sebelius, Dr. Calnon wrote that developing a comprehensive approach to health education and promotion, care coordination, and effective prevention is critical to improving the oral health of the underserved.
In his letter, Dr. Calnon laid out principle that the ADA believes are necessary in improving oral health access, including emphases on prevention, improving the existing model of dentistry, improving coordination between government agencies and programs, and strengthening the public-private collaboration that has already proven successful in making America’s oral health care system the best in the world.