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Advancing the Global Oral Health Agenda

Department and Center Events

Friday, April 28, 2023, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
Wolfe Street Building/W3008
one day
Past Event

About the Event

The Inaugural Global Oral Health Symposium gathers experts from medicine, public health, dentistry, economics and political science representing academic centers from Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University, University of Maryland, New York University, Seoul National University as well as the World Health Organization and NGOs Solidarity Dental Foundation and Zero Noma Initiative to increase awareness about oral health, the importance of integrating the mouth to whole body health and systemic disease, global inequities regarding access to care, current WHO recommendations, as well as recognition of noma, the "face of poverty", as a neglected tropical disease.

The symposium of talks, featuring speakers with experience from Canada, the United States, Korea, Ecuador, Peru, India, Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania, is aimed for a public health audience as well as for physicians, dentists, and all healthcare workers, in-person as well as via Zoom.

The goal is not only to increase awareness to oral-medical integration from a public heath perspective, but also to build and encourage collaborations in advocacy, policy, clinical care and research with intent to produce lecture recordings, advocacy briefs, calls to action, and recommendations for future. The Hopkins community does not have an affiliated school of dental medicine and would benefit from improved understanding to the importance of oral-medical integration as well as the benefits to diverse perspectives and experience for multi-disciplinary collaborations.

This all-day symposium is organized with support from the student groups Academy Health and the Oral Health Network and partnering with the Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research as well as the Center for Global Health.



Josh Sharfstein, MD

Josh Sharfstein, MD

Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement

Director, Bloomberg American Health Initiative

Professor of the Practice in Health Policy and Management

Host, Public Health On Call



Brittany Seymour, DDS, MPH

Brittany Seymour, DDS, MPH

Global Health Discipline Director

Associate Professor of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology

Harvard University School of Dental Medicine




Dean Eleanor Fleming

Eleanor Fleming, PhD, DDS, MPH


Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Dental Public Health

University of Maryland School of Dentistry in Baltimore




Eugenio Beltrán-Aguilar, DMD, MPH, MS, DrPH


Eugenio Beltrán-Aguilar, DMD, MPH, MS, DrPH

Co-Director, WHO Collaborating Center at NYU

Professor, Department of Epidemiology 

New York University

Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry




Dr. Ife Adetula, BCHD, EEGH


Dr. Ife Adetula, BCHD, EEGH


Zero Noma Initiative, Nigeria




Priyanka Gudsoorkar, BDS, MBA, MPH


Priyanka Gudsoorkar, BDS, MBA, MPH

Co-Founder & Director of Development

Solidarity Dental Foundation





Kevin Frick, PhD


Kevin Frick, PhD


Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Bloomberg School of Public Health



Hyewon Lee, DrPH, DMD


Hyewon Lee, DrPH, DMD

Assistant Professor

Seoul National University School of Dentistry & Dental Research Institute

Chair, World Federation of Public Health Associations Oral Health Workgroup



Sujay A. Mehta, DMD


Sujay A. Mehta, DMD


MPH Candidate JHU BSPH

Executive boards - BSPH Academy Health and Oral Health Network

Co-chair, Scientific Planning Committee, Oral Health section, American Public Health Association






  • 8 am Light breakfast
  • 8:30 am A Brief History from 1840 Baltimore - Dr. Sujay Mehta, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • 8:45 am Welcome Address: Oral Health As Public Health - Dr. Josh Sharfstein, Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • 9:00 am Advancing the Global Non-Communicable Diseases Agenda Through an Expanded and Integrated Oral Health Workforce - Dr. Brittany Seymour, Associate Professor Harvard University
  • 9:45 am Global Oral Health & the Political Determinants of Health: Oral Health Justice Requires Political Solutions - Dr. Eleanor Fleming, Assistant Dean University of Maryland Baltimore
  • 10:30 to 11:00 Coffee Break
  • 11:00 am WHO Calls to Action - Dr. Eugenio Beltra´n-Aguilar, Co-Director WHO Collaborating Center at NYU
  • 11:30 am Journey Towards Zero Noma - Dr. Ife Adetula, Founder Zero Noma Initiative, Nigeria
  • 12:30 to 1:30 Lunch
  • 1:30 pm Mobilizing Oral Healthcare to the Underserved in Ecuador - Dr. Priyanka Gudsoorkar, Director of a Development Solidarity Dental Foundation
  • 2:15 pm Challenges of Measuring Global Economic Impact - Lessons from Eye Health - Dr. Kevin Frick, Professor Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School, School of Medicine, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • 3:00 Maternal and Child Oral Health as Global Public Health Agenda - Dr. Hyewon Lee, Assistant Professor Seoul National University 


If you are planning to attend via Zoom, please register here. 



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Sujay A. Mehta, D.M.D.