2016 NH Oral Health Forum

Building our Oral Health Future: 15 Years after the Surgeon General’s “Call to Action”

2016 New Hampshire Oral Health Fall Forum
Date:  November 11, 2016
Location: Holiday Inn, Concord, NH

Thanks to all who attended and made this event a big success.
Presentations are posted below.


  • Discuss best- and promising-practice components identified in community-based oral health programs within the state;
  • Develop an understanding of emerging public health financing trends developing within public and private reimbursement systems including the “integrated delivery models”, and “accountable and managed care systems”;
  • Locate the most current NH oral health data reports, plans and resources; and
  • Identify a goal and objective within the 2015 NH Oral Health Plan that aligns with their own individual or organizational activities.

Caswell Evans Jr., DDS, MPH — Keynote and Panel Moderator

caswell-evans_smDr. Caswell Evans, coordinator for the 2002 Surgeon General’s Report on the Silent Epidemic and the 2003 “Call to Action,” was an active member of the original Coalition for NH’s Oral Health work team that developed and published the New Hampshire Oral Health Plan: A Framework for Action. He will provide the morning’s keynote address and facilitate a conversational retrospective that includes many of the state’s oral health leaders from 2000 through 2016.

Dr. Evans is the Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health Sciences at the University of Illinois, Chicago College of Dentistry; he is also a faculty member in the UIC School of Public Health. Previously he served as the Executive Editor and Project Director for Oral Health in America: A Report of the U.S. Surgeon General. For twelve years, Dr. Evans was Director of Public Health Programs and Services, for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences. He is a past president of the American Public Health Association, the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, and the American Board of Dental Public Health. Dr. Evans is Chairman of DentaQuest Foundation Board. He also serves on the Chicago Board of Health and the boards of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago, Oral Health America and the Children’s Dental Health Project.

Presentation: 15 years after Oral Health in America: a report of the Surgeon General-what’s next?

Morning Panelists
Mary Vallier-Kaplan Skip Homicz, DDS, FAGD suzanne_boulter Pam Delahanty, CPHDH Stephanie Pagliuca
Mary Vallier-Kaplan
Skip Homicz
Nancy Martin
Suzanne Boulter
Pamela Delahanty
Stephanie Pagliuca

Facilitated Panel: “Celebrating our Past: Retrospective on the Advancement of Oral Health in NH”. Panelists will converse on:

  • Creating Public – Private Partnerships: Mary Vallier-Kaplan
  • Advancing Public Health Dentistry: A.J. “Skip” Homicz, DDS
  • Mobilizing the Public Health Movement: Nancy Martin, RDH
  • Legislative, Policy, and Judicial Levers to Policy: Gail Brown, Esq., MSW
  • Medical/Dental Integration in Pediatric Settings: Suzanne Boulter, MD
  • The Evolution of Community-based Prevention: Pamela Delahanty, C-PHDH
  • The Development and Role of the NH Oral Health Coalition: Stephanie Pagliuca

Jane S. Grover, DDS, MPH — Afternoon Keynote and Panel Moderator


Dr. Jane Grover, has supported NH’s Federally-Qualified Health Centers and dental community by providing expertise and consultation to help build strong community-based oral health programs. She will be the afternoon’s keynote speaker and will moderate a future-looking prospective of innovative programs and strategies that are moving our state into the future.

Dr. Grover is the Director, Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations (CAPIR) in the division of Government/Public Affairs at the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Grover served as the dental director for the Center for Family Health, a federally qualified health center in Jackson, Michigan. She is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and Lutheran Medical Center of New York. She has been active in organized dentistry, first as a trustee of the Michigan Dental Association, and also on the ADA Strategic Planning Committee in the 1990s. She completed five years on the ADA Political Action Committee, serving 2003-2005 as chair. She served as vice-president of the ADA from October 2006 until October 2008. Dr. Grover received her D.D.S. degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and her M.P.H. degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Presentation:  Community Dental Health Coordinator Program 2016

Facilitated Panel: “Envisioning our Future: Innovative Programs and Pathways”. Topics discussed will include:

  • Right Place – Right Time: Emergency Department Diversion, Pre-operative Clearance, and Emergency Access: Catholic Medical Center/ Poisson – Mary Beth Pierce, DMD
  • Emerging Financing Options: Integrated Delivery Networks, Accountable Care Organizations, Time Blocks: Nicholas Toumpas
  • The Role of Disease Management in Community-based Care: Silver Diamine Fluoride, Interim Therapeutic Restorations (ITR) and more: Mary Davis, C-PHDHP
    ITR Video ♦  SDF Video ♦ Presentation
  • Education to Build Our Future: Community-based and Interprofessional Opportunities: University of New England, College of Dental Medicine Externships and Residencies; NHTI, Concord’s Community College New Models of Service: Timothy Martinez, DDS and Rebecca Carr

Closing Remarks: “Whole Body – Whole Life – Whole Population”
Hugh Silk, MD, MPH, Smiles for Life, From the First Tooth, U Mass Medical Center 


  • North Country Health Consortium/NNH AHEC is an Approved Provider of continuing nursing education by the Northeast Multistate Division, an accredited Approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  This activity was approved for 6 Nursing Contact Hours. Activity # 360.
  • The North Country Health Consortium/NNH AHEC, accredited by the NH Medical Society, designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • For Other Professionals: 6 Professional Hours of Continuing Education.

To obtain a Medical/Nursing continuing education certificate, you must complete the required evaluation components: Click here to begin!   Certificates will be provided to individuals who complete the online evaluation.

  • The New Hampshire Dental Society has approved this program for 6.0 Dental CE credits.  Contact the Coalition for more information (info@nhoralhealth.org).


Program and Event Sponsors & Grantors:

nedd_foundation_logo_pms_361 efh-colorlogo
  •  Bi-State Primary Care Association
  • HNH Foundation
  • Well Sense Health Plan


Special thanks for program and operating funding.

dentaquest-foundation-logo2xdqoralhealth2020 efh-colorlogo  hnh-logo-with-web-address