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ADI-USA Section Continuing Education & Breakfast Meeting. Registration 7:00 a.m., Breakfast 7:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m. Lecture followed by USA Section Executive Committee Meeting.

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When: 02/24/2019
7-9:30 AM
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Courtyard by Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile
Lower Level, Ontario Room
165 E Ontario Street
Chicago, Illinois  60611
United States
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"Contributing factors that can affect oral health of population groups"   

Dr. Ramon Baez and Dr. Jacob Park

7:00 a.m. Registration

7:30 a.m. Breakfast  

8:00 a.m. Lecture

10:30 a.m.USA Section Executive Committee Meeting


2 CEU  Lecture Subject Code 148 Infectious Disease

$65.00 per person Full refund if canceled prior to 17 February 2019.

Course summary:

Emphasis is made on the importance of oral health and its interrelationship with general health, quality of life and well-being. Consequences of ignoring oral health problems and implications to the individual are reviewed; burden of oral diseases and the situation of dental caries in children and adults, periodontal disease, cancer, birth defects and other ailments prevailing in various regions of the world are summarized. World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations for implementing oral disease prevention and the promotion of oral health are also presented. Considering the mission and goals of the Academy that include provision of assistance to countries so that appropriate activities are developed for improving oral health and quality of life and considering the important role that health care systems play on this aim, emphasis is made on health care systems both in developed and developing countries. The situation of health care services and characteristics in the various regions of the world in terms of availability, accessibility and acceptability and type of services provided as well as possible strategies to be considered following the WHO recommendations are discussed. Advocacy for including schools on oral health promotion efforts and its value in community settings is stressed.



  • Participants will have an overview of the severity of oral diseases in population groups living in various regions of the world.
  • Understand the impact of availability, accessibility and acceptability factors on oral health status of population groups.
  • Understand characteristics of health care services in developed and developing countries so that proper strategies can be recommended to health agencies in charge of oral health programs in countries where fellows provide assistance.
  • Understand recommendations from World Health Organization to countries as regards to oral health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Understand recommendations for implementing oral health promotion utilizing the schools system.



Dr. Ramon J. Baez is Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Dentistry, and former Director Office of Multicultural Affairs that included the Hispanic Center of Excellence – Dentistry (HCOE-D) and the World Health Organization Collaborating Center (WHOCC) for translation of Oral Health Sciences into Clinical and Public Health Practice. In this capacity he was Director for the HCOE-D since it was first funded in 2001. Under the WHOCC he collaborated on planning, implementation and evaluation of oral health programs and development of studies on fluoride exposure as part of fluoridation programs in various countries of the Americas and other regions of the world. He is a consultant to the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs and has served as consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization, the Eastern Mediterranean WHO Regional office and to several Ministries of Health in the areas of education, research and service in Public Health. Dr. Baez is member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Oral Health.

Dr. Baez is an honorary member of the Academy and has served as Regent for the USA South Central, Vice President for Education, Vice President for International Affairs, Vice-President for Finance and Administration, President-Elect and President from 2014-2016 and is currently Immediate Past-President. Dr. Baez is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas, Houston School of Public Health-San Antonio Campus and Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology, School of Oral Health Sciences of Jamaica.

Jacob G. Park, DDS is a Professor of Dentistry/ Clinical in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Dentistry. Dr. Park teaches TMJ part of Gross Anatomy as a Professor/ Clinical in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Medical School.

He is a mentor in the Clinical Research Foundation of Dr. Terry T. Tanaka of University of Southern California Dental School. Dr. Park has studied occlusion and management of TMD extensively under the direction of Dr. Jose dos Santos and Dr. Terry T. Tanaka. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry and American Equilibration Society. Dr. Park holds fellowship with the Academy of Dentistry International, the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and the International College of Dentists.  He is the Past President (2015-2016) of the American Equilibration Society (International Organization for Occlusion and TMD Dr. Park serves as a chairman of Subcommittee 9 CAD CAM in Dentistry of the Standards Committee on Dental Products of the American Dental Association.




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