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ADA webinar on vaccines and dentists’ role on tap Jan. 27

Program will focus on dentists as primary care providers in regards to vaccinations

January 04, 2021
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With COVID-19 vaccinations on everyone’s minds, a free January ADA webinar will address why dentists should be considered primary care providers and how their background makes them well-trained for providing vaccines.

Vaccinations by Dentists: A New Role in Primary Care will stream Jan. 27 at noon Central time, with continuing education credit pending.

Participants will learn about the collaborative process for developing and passing vaccine legislation; the additional training recommended for dentists to include vaccinations as part of their scope of practice; and its implementation in the state of Oregon. In 2019, Gov. Kate Brown signed legislation allowing Oregon-licensed dentists to administer vaccines after completing Board-approved required training and following relevant rules to administer vaccinations safely.

Participants will also receive an overview of the vaccines most likely to be initiated first in dental practice; learn about potential barriers amid the context of the COVID-19 pandemic; and about current and future opportunities for dentists in the overall health care system.

Phillip T. Marucha, D.M.D., Ph.D., professor of periodontology at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry, will present.

Dr. Marucha received his dental medicine degree from the University of Connecticut’s School of Dental Medicine and remained there for a certificate in periodontology and a doctoral degree in immunology. As a past faculty member at The Ohio State University, he developed a training program that provided opportunities for students, residents and faculty to be engaged in research. In addition to his work as a clinician and leader, Dr. Marucha has been an active researcher and mentor, with a clinical and educational focus on the integration of oral health into the health care system.

The ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention is presenting the webinar.