Oral Health Day will look different this year. As the first two-day Oral Health Day event, you can expect new and exciting opportunities to engage with experts and also play a role in shaping the future of oral health in North Carolina.
We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Eleanor Fleming will headline Oral Health Day 2022 as the keynote speaker. As the assistant dean of equity, diversity, and inclusion at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, she is the perfect person to keynote this year’s event, themed “Equity in Action.”
Keynote: Dr. Eleanor Fleming
Fleming earned her PhD at Vanderbilt University, DDS at Meharry Medical College, and MPH at East Tennessee State University. She also completed a Dental Public Health Residency at Boston University. She has worked in a variety of positions, including as Dental Officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Associate Professor of Dental Public Health at the Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry.
Fleming is a subject matter expert in infectious disease and chronic disease epidemiology. She has been a principal investigator in numerous studies and has informed public health surveillance at state, national, and international levels. Fleming holds leadership positions in the American Association of Public Health Dentistry and the American Public Health Association.
Among numerous accolades, she has been recognized as one of the American Dental Association’s (ADA) “10 under 10” (2021), recognizing leaders in the dental field who are less than 10 years out of dental school. She has also received the National Dental Association New Dentists Colgate Leadership Award (2020), the ADA Foundation Henry Schein Cares Dr. David Whitson Leadership Award (2018), and the Ernest Eugene Buell Award (2016).
Equity in Action
NCOHC believes that health care is an inherent right for all. In North Carolina, there are severe disparities in oral health care access and outcomes, often driven by social drivers of health such as financial difficulties and inadequate access to transportation.
Oral Health Day 2022: Equity in Action will focus on the structural changes we need in order to create a future where all have access to the care they deserve.
Along with Fleming’s keynote on June 22nd, Dr. Lewis Lampiris will moderate a panel of leaders in health care to discuss equity issues and policy solutions. Head over to the Oral Health Day 2022: Equity in Action page to meet this year’s panelists.
Lampiris received his DDS from Temple University’s Kornberg School of Dental Medicine and MPH from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Early in his career, Dr. Lampiris served as a dental officer in the U.S. Army Dental Corps.
Later, he worked in private practice in Chicago before serving as chief of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Oral Health for nine years. Immediately after, he served as the Director of the ADA’s Council on Access, Prevention, and Interprofessional Relations.
Lampiris recently retired from the University of North Carolina Adams School of Dentistry where he served as Associate Clinical Professor and the Director of the Dentistry in Service to Community (DISC) program. He is the recipient of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry’s Distinguished Service Award (2013), the ADA’s Presidential Citation (2010), and the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors Distinguished Service Award (2007).
On June 23rd (Day 2), all participants are invited to join NCOHC for a thought-provoking and interactive workshop. In this unique session, we will work together to identify actionable solutions to increase access and equity in oral health care in North Carolina and beyond.
As a collaborative organization, we believe it is vital to hand the microphone over to you. Sustainable solutions to our biggest challenges can only be found — and achieved — when we work together. We fully expect Oral Health Day 2022: Equity in Action to be a catalyst for system-wide change!
2022 NCOHC Oral Health Equity Award
We are also thrilled to announce the 2022 NCOHC Oral Health Equity Award. On Day 1 (June 22nd) of Oral Health Day, NCOHC will present this signature award to an organization that has implemented solutions reducing disparities and improved oral health outcomes in North Carolina. To find out more about the award, please click here.
We look forward to seeing you at Oral Health Day 2022: Equity in Action on June 22 and June 23!