251894 Influence of Government and Policy on Community Oral Health

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 3:10 PM

Peter Damiano, DDS, MPH , Public Policy Center, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
The use of academic research to influence public policy and ultimately influence public health is often viewed as slow, circuitous and cumbersome. These arguments often examine a tradeoff between academic freedoms, research of topics of debatable relevance to public policy and improvements in health for the population. This talk with discuss the role of academic research in influencing public policy, the issues associated with conducting research and using research results to influence policy and the qualities of research and public policies that are effective in accomplishing the goals of improved health of the population. Special emphasis will be placed on access to care and insurance coverage as critical components of this equation. Additionally the author will discuss unintended benefits/consequences of legislative approaches to improving oral health.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe how an effective public policy get enacted? Describe the role of dental insurance in improving oral health outcomes? Discuss the unintended benefits/consequences of legislative approaches to improving oral health?

Keywords: Oral Health, Public Health Policy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a Professor and Director of Health Policy Research at the University of Iowa Public Policy Center.Dr. Damiano's area of research focuses on access to primary dental and medical care; especially regarding maternal and child health issues; quality of care, public and private health insurance programs; and health policy
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.