2021 DQA Virtual Conference
The Impact on Oral Healthcare
The 2021 DQA Conference is a live digital event held on three consecutive mornings.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
May 19–21, 2021
9 a.m.–Noon CT
This conference is an opportunity to learn about the disruptive forces within the healthcare system that have made their presence felt, especially in the scale of sweeping changes in the past year and their impact on health outcomes. It’s designed to illuminate and explore the effect of those disruptive forces on oral healthcare across the broader healthcare market, in technology, and within society. Keynote speakers: Dr. Tom Price, former US Secretary of Health; Dr. Roger Levin, founder and CEO of Levin Group; and Dr. Marko Vujicic, Chief Economist, American Dental Association.
The ADA designates this activity as 8.0 CE credits. Attendance is required to earn credit.
Cancellation/ Refund Policy
A full refund is available on or before May 12, 2021. Any cancellations after May 12, 2021 will not receive a refund. Participants who have paid the registration fee, but may not be able to tune in during the live conference sessions, will be able to access all recordings and meeting materials.
Hamed Abbaszadegan, MD, MBA, FACP, FAMIA
Clinical Director, Fellowship Program, University of Arizona
Dr. Hamed Abbaszadegan is a double board-certified physician in the fields of Internal Medicine and Clinical Informatics. He is the Program Director for the Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. Dr. Abbaszadegan's focus continues around the development of big data applications and use of advanced technology for front-line clinical care.
He has created new innovative approaches of analytics to enhance telehealth, implement pharmacogenomics, redesign health care delivery models, scale health care delivery through population health segmentation, and engage community partners to improve patient care.
Renaisa S. Anthony, MD, MPH
Co-Founder and CEO, MOMentum Park and Womentum MD
Dr. Renaisa Anthony is a licensed physician by training, public health policy practitioner by passion and the Co-Founder and CEO of MOMentum Park “where moms come first and every moment matters” and Womentum MD “transforming women’s health technology.” Dr. Anthony is personally and professionally dedicated to achieving health equity by improving the health and lives of underserved and low-resourced communities through medicine, public health, policy and technology as a social entrepreneur.
Dr. Anthony earned her medical degree at the University of Chicago, Masters of Public Health at Harvard University, internship training at Vanderbilt University and fellowship in health policy at the National Institutes of Health and the Office of the Surgeon General.
Dr. Anthony practices locum tenens medicine at federally qualified health centers, correctional facilities and via telemedicine. Dr. Anthony has demonstrated long-standing leadership at the local, state and federal levels as a collaborative change agent across multiple sectors including academia, health care organizations, government, non-profit and corporate organizations. As a previously NIH funded and published researcher, Dr. Anthony focused research efforts on the underlying causes and solutions to health inequities among disadvantaged populations, namely women and girls. Globally, she has led medical missions across Africa, Central and South America.
Prior to launching her own consulting and start-up company, she served as the Deputy Director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities and Founding Faculty of the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for over 7 years. She also practiced integrative and trauma informed care at the Charles Drew Community Health Center (a federally qualified health center) in Omaha, NE. Dr. Anthony is a highly sought after speaker, physician and health equity advocate. She serves on the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Health Disparities & Equity Promotion Study Section and chairs federal grant reviews for the Centers for Disease Control, Office of Minority Health, Office on Women’s Health and the NIH.
Jill Boylston Herndon, PhD
Principal Consultant, Key Analytics and Consulting
Dr. Herndon is a managing member and principal consultant with Key Analytics and Consulting. She is an economist with extensive experience in research, policy analysis, program evaluation, project management, and education. She works with non-profit and for-profit organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions on projects focused on measuring and evaluating oral health care delivery system performance.
Dr. Herndon’s technical experience includes study design, survey research, and analyses of large administrative datasets, Delphi consensus processes, and healthcare quality measurement. She led the testing efforts for the initial Dental Quality Alliance oral health care quality measurement sets to establish measure feasibility, reliability, and validity; served as a coach and technical advisor for the Dental Quality Alliance’s Medicaid Quality Improvement Learning Academy; served as principal investigator on NIH/NIDCR-funded research; and led policy and external quality review evaluations for the State of Florida’s Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Dr. Herndon was previously on the faculties at Hamline University and the University of Florida, and she currently holds courtesy faculty appointments in the College of Medicine and College of Dentistry at the University of Florida. Dr. Herndon’s research has been published in a broad range of journals in the social and medical sciences, and she is an elected member of the Society of Pediatric Research. She’s successfully secured grant funding from federal, state and private agencies; authored and co-authored more than 100 journal articles and technical reports; and delivered more than 100 presentations for a wide range of audiences.
Roger Levin, DDS
Chairman and CEO, Levin Group, Inc.
Dr. Roger P. Levin is the CEO of Levin Group, a leading dental management consulting firm. Founded in 1985, Levin Group has worked with over 30,000 dental practices. Dr. Levin is one of the most sought-after educators in dentistry and is a leading authority on dental practice success and sustainable growth.
Through extensive research and cutting-edge innovation, Dr. Levin is a recognized expert on propelling practices into the top 10%. He has authored 65 books and over 4,000 articles on dental practice management and marketing.
Dr. Levin sits on the editorial board of 5 prominent dental publications and has been named as one of the “Leaders in Dentistry” by Dentistry Today magazine for the last 15 years. He was recently named one of the “32 Most Influential People in Dentistry” by Incisal Edge magazine and voted Best
Dental Consultant by the readers of Drbicuspid.com. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Time magazine and is the creator of the Levin Group Tip of the Day which has over 30,000 subscribers.
Thomas Price, MD
Former US Secretary of Health and Human Services
Dr. Thomas E. Price, an orthopaedic surgeon, served as the 23rd Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). He brought to the Department a lifetime of service and dedication to advancing the quality of health care in America – both as a physician and policymaker.
His first calling was to care for patients. Dr. Price received his Bachelor and Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of Michigan and completed his General Surgery Internship and Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at Emory University. After his training, Dr. Price – a third generation physician following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather – began a solo medical practice in Atlanta, Georgia, which would eventually grow to be one of the largest, non-academic orthopaedic practices in the country, which he led as Chairman of the Board. During his 20+ years as a practicing physician, he also served as Medical Director of the Orthopaedic Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital as well as an Assistant Professor at Emory University School of Medicine.
As with many physicians and health care providers, Dr. Price’s experience caring for patients gave him a unique perspective about the role of public policy on the practice of medicine. Eager to broaden the impact he could have on improving access to quality health care, Dr. Price ran for public office and was elected to four terms in the Georgia State Senate – during which time he was chosen by his colleagues to serve as Senate Minority Whip and later as the first Republican Senate Majority Leader in the history of Georgia.
Dr. Price also served as the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District from northern suburban Atlanta. He held this office from 2005-2017 and earned a reputation amongst his colleagues for being a tireless problem solver and the go-to expert on health care matters. During his congressional career, Dr. Price served in various leadership roles including Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee and Chairman of the Republican Study Committee.
Committed to promoting positive solutions under principled leadership, Dr. Price remains a fierce advocate for a patient-centered health care system that adheres to six key principles: affordability, accessibility, quality, choices, innovation, and responsiveness.
Nathan W. Suter, DDS
CEO, Access Teledentistry
Nathan Suter is a practicing dentist, teledentistry enthusiast, CEO of Access Teledentistry, and co-founder of Healier, a HIPAA compliant care coordination platform that helps healthcare teams organize workflows, tasks and communication around patients.
Dr. Suter began his career in public health developing programs that serve underserved communities. He was awarded 2019 Missouri Dentist of the year by the Missouri Dental Association and was awarded ADA's 2020 Top 10 Dentist Under 10 Years in practice. That experience has allowed him to see the gaps in our dental care delivery system.
Dr. Suter is passionate about solving problems that can help create access to dental care and is an advocate in disrupting the system by leveraging technology and bringing ideas that are outside the box and innovative.
Marko Vujicic, PhD
Chief Economist and Vice President of the ADA Health Policy Institute
Prior to joining the ADA, Dr. Vujicic was Senior Economist with The World Bank in Washington D.C., where he focused on health systems reform in developing countries and directed the global health workforce policy program. He was also a Health Economist with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. In all of these roles, Dr. Vujicic led large-scale strategic initiatives focused on bringing cutting edge data and research to specific health policy challenges.
Dr. Vujicic has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals such as Health Affairs, The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Health Services Research, Health Economics, Social Science and Medicine, and Medical Care. He is also the lead author of the book, Working in Health, which examines health workforce challenges globally and has written several book chapters on health care policy issues. His team’s work has been cited by CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, NOVA, and The Atlantic. He has been invited to provide testimony to federal and state legislative committees.
Dr. Vujicic holds several academic appointments. He is adjunct senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania and affiliate faculty at the Center for Health and the Social Sciences, University of Chicago as well as the Center for Health Services and Policy Research at the University of British Columbia. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto and a visiting assistant professor at Tufts University.
Dr. Vujicic obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor’s degree in Business from McGill University in Montreal.
The American Dental Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.
The DQA acknowledges and thanks the members of the Education Committee for their ongoing efforts to plan this year’s conference.
The 2021 DQA Conference is generously supported by the following sponsors: