4089.0: Tuesday, November 14, 2000: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Special Session: Neglected Epidemics and the Reports of the U.S. Surgeon General: A Call to Action for Oral Health and Mental Health Disparities

The first ever Surgeon General's Reports on Oral Health and Mental Health have provided a stimulus and catalyst to make these neglected epidemics a much higher priority in our country. The purpose of this session is to present and discuss various strategies and actions to eliminate disparities in oral health and mental health. Government must become more responsive to the oral health and mental health needs of the public, especially vulnerable population groups. Local, state, and federal health officials, leaders, agencies, and organizations must include meaningful oral health and mental health programs in all health programs, policies, and initiatives. Partnerships, coalitions, constituencies, and legislative action will be needed to eliminate these disparities. More foundations should make oral health and mental health a priority. The public and private sectors including the health professions, business, labor, insurers, academia, and the faith communities must all work together to respond to these neglected epidemics. The richest country in the world which has had a booming economy for the last decade can do much better. We must focus our country's political will to make these neglected epidemics a concern of the past. As we begin the new millennium, we must eliminate these disparities so that all Americans can have a healthy future
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Facilitator(s):Myron Allukian, DDS, MPH
Organizer(s):Myron Allukian, DDS, MPH
Carol Easley Allen, PhD, RN
10:30 AMOverview of the Two Surgeon General Reports Highlighting Disparities
David Satcher, MD, PhD
10:45 AMA States' Perspective on How These Disparities May Be Addressed
Antonia C. Novello, MD
11:00 AMThe Perspective of the Mental Health Field
Richard K Harding, MD
11:15 AMThe Perspective of Organized Dentistry
Richard F. Mascola, DDS
11:30 AMReactor Panel
Steven A. Schroeder, MD, Julius Richmond, MD
11:45 AMQuestion and Answer Session
Sponsor:APHA-Special Sessions

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA