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ADA Health Policy Institute

How Will COVID-19 Impact Access to Dental Care for Vulnerable Populations?

(June 2020 - 58 min)

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COVID-19 is putting enormous pressure on the U.S. health care system. Within dentistry, the impact has been different in private practices and public health settings. This webinar brought together thought leaders in health policy and experts in public health. In this webinar, Marko Vujicic presented an overview of new poll data from HPI on how dentists in public health settings are adjusting during the COVID-19 pandemic and how this compares to private practice. The discussion also covered wide-ranging topics like how state fiscal pressures will impact Medicaid policy, how scope of practice within healthcare might change, how dental care capacity within FQHCs might be affected and what policy options states should consider to mitigate any negative effects.



Marko Vujicic – Chief Economist & Vice President, ADA Health Policy Institute


  • Lauren Block – Program Director, NGA Center for Best Practices Health Division

  • Hugh Silk – Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School

  • Lisa Simon – Fellow in Oral Health and Medicine Integration, Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Harvard Medical School

  • Caroline Zeller – Dentist, Assistant Professor, Oregon Health & Science University/Removing the Bite Block Podcast Host