2019 APHA Annual Meeting

The American Public Health Association will hold its annual meeting at the Pennsylvania Convention Center November 2 - 6, 2019. 


A session titled “Update on Oral Health in America – A Forthcoming Report from the Surgeon General”  will be presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association.


Tim Ricks, DMD, MPH

Chief Dental Officer, US Public Health Service

Bruce Dye, DDS, MPH

Co-Director, Surgeon General's Report project team


Judith Albino, PhD

Co-Director, Surgeon General's Report project team



The U.S. Surgeon General announced in 2018 the commissioning of a new Surgeon General's Report presenting prominent issues affecting oral health. The charge for the first Surgeon General’s report on oral health in 2000 was to define, describe, and evaluate the interaction between oral health and health and well-being, through the lifespan in the context of changes in society. The overarching message from that report clearly communicated that oral health is essential to the general health and well-being of all Americans and can be achieved by all.

The new report is intended to document advances and challenges affecting oral health, to identify existing knowledge gaps, and to articulate a vision for the future. The purpose of this session is to provide information on (1) the factors influencing the need for an update to the first report and (2) initial activities implemented to inform the early development of the updated report.

Last Reviewed
May 2019

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