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Attend NYU side event on Sept. 28: 'Oral Health & NCDs: Accelerating integrated global progress'

September 26, 2018 New York — In conjunction with the United Nations meeting on noncommunicable diseases, the NYU College of Dentistry, together with NYU College of Global Public Health, will host a session titled "Oral Health & NCDs: Accelerating integrated global progress" Sept. 28 .

The NYU side event will take place from 1- 7 p.m. at the NYU Institute for the Study of Ancient World, 15 East 84th Street, New York City.

This event is free and open to the public; it follows the United Nations 3rd High-Level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases at the UN Headquarters in New York Sept. 27.

Those interested in the side meeting can register at dental.nyu.edu/oralhealthsideevent.

Genevieve Koester, ADA manager of international relations, will represent the ADA and Dr. Marshall Gallant, chief of dental services at the VA Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado, will represent the ADA Foundation as a member of the ADAF International Programs Committee.  The keynote speaker is Svetlana Axelrod, the World Health Organization assistant director general for noncommunicable diseases and mental health at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva.

"Good oral health is a crucial element of overall health and, as such, part of the human right to health," Dr. Axelrod said in the news release. "It is a striking fact that untreated tooth decay is among the most common NCDs worldwide — and almost entirely preventable. The side event, organized by the two NYU colleges, is a welcome opportunity to promote full integration of oral health in strategic actions to address the global noncommunicable disease crisis."
 
The NYU event is endorsed by the governments of Burkina Faso and Morocco, whose work on noncommunicable diseases and oral health will be featured. Colgate and Henry Schein are providing corporate support.
 
The full schedule and registration is available at the event website. The meeting will be moderated by Dr. Habib Benzian, associate director, global health and policy, World Health Organization Collaborating Center, NYU College of Dentistry.