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Achieving Equitable Oral Health for those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Promise, A Pledge, A Plan

September 06, 2022 01:00 pm
- 05:00 pm
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Practitioners and attendees will learn about the medical barriers to caring for intellectually and developmentally disabled patients. In this two-day program, the presenters will provide an overview on diagnosis, a health-centered approach to treatment planning, transitional care, and creative partnerships to improve and achieve equitable care for people with intellectual disabilities. This interactive event will give attendees an opportunity to engage, learn and share ideas in smaller breakout groups.

A discussion of current efforts addressing healthcare disparities in this population and healthcare system reform will follow. We will explore what we need to change to repair a broken system from various industries. Advocates, self-advocates, direct support providers, insurance and other collaborative care partners in dentistry will participate in small group breakout sessions.

Upon attending this presentation, attendees will recognize and appreciate the complexity of life for patients with IDD, and the importance of providing comprehensive and compassionate care, both in the medical setting and the dental setting. Attendees will create some possible solutions moving forward.


Steve Kess, MBA
Nader Nadershahi, DDS, MBA, EdD
Terri Dolan, DDS, MPH
Allen Wong, DDS, EdD
Rick Rader, MD
Rick Guidotti
Doreen Bestolarides, RN
Matt Holder, MD
Jeannette Diaz, MSDH, RDHAP
Holli Seabury, EdD
Karen Raposa, RDH, MBA
Michael O'Connor, EdD, MPA
Jay Kumar, DDS, MPH
Paul Subar, DDS, EdD
David Fray, DDS, MBA
Steve Perlman, DDS
Barbie Vartanian

You Will Learn:

To understand the medical barriers to care patients with healthcare disparities in education and in the healthcare system
To recognize implicit biases in medicine and how it affects the outcome of health
The importance of recognizing diagnostic overshadowing as it applies in dentistry
To articulate nonverbal communications from the perspective of a parent advocate
Strategies to communicate to patients with IDD and their care providers
How to implement collaborative care and creative partnerships to improve the patient experience
To apply behavioral guidance to incorporate into dental practices
To use methods of education for patients with IDD to support their growth and development
Commonly misdiagnosed problem for those with special healthcare needs
The most common developmental disabilities
The ethical obligation for treating patients with special healthcare needs
Strategies on advocating for those with healthcare disparities

Who Should Attend:

This course is designed for any person, agency and advocates interested in improving IDD oral health care system for the future.

Course includes light refreshments on the first day and breakfast and lunch on the second day. Hotel room block information will be emailed to you in course confirmation email.

CEU: Units - 8.5
This activity is designated for 8.5 units of continuing education credit.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry wishes to acknowledge and thank California Dental Association, Colgate, Department of Developmental Services, Henry Schein Cares Foundation and the Santa Fe Group for their generous support of this program.

$195 Dentists; $165 Allied Dental Professionals
155 5th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
Arthur A Dugoni School of Dentistry