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Fifth leadership colloquium to focus on financing models for oral health


Atlanta—Registration is open for the U.S. National Oral Health Alliance's fifth leadership colloquium April 2-3.

The meeting will focus on designing and evaluating public-private financing models that promote optimal oral health.

Participants from across the country representing multiple disciplines will gather in Atlanta at the Omni Hotel CNN Center on April 2, from 2-6 p.m. and April 3, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. to develop a shared understanding about the complexity of issues surrounding financing models—and how to drive progress for optimal oral health for all people in the United States. Registration is free. Space is limited. Special room rates at the Omni are available for those who book by March 11.

The group will discuss a variety of topics, including:

• As we work together to forge common ground, how do we envision the role of financing to ensure oral health for all people?
• How is oral health financing connected to our systems of care?
• How are we planning for the impact of the Affordable Care Act on oral health care?
• Do we see those changes beginning to materialize today?
• What are the challenges and opportunities regarding public and private funding for oral health at the community level?
• How will future financing models influence the integration of medical and dental care?

The colloquium topic is one of six priority areas developed by a diverse group of stakeholders at the 2009 ADA-convened Access to Dental Care Summit and adopted by the Alliance. The ADA is a partner organization. The first four colloquia focused on medical and dental collaboration, prevention and public health infrastructure, oral health literacy and metrics. Summaries for the first four meetings are available at the Alliance Web site: usalliancefororalhealth.org. The sixth colloquium, focusing on strengthening the dental care delivery system, will be held June 17-18 in Washington, D.C.

For more information or to register for the Fifth Colloquium, visit www.regonline.com/AllianceFifthColloquium.