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Legal and Policy Approaches to Improve Oral Health

posted on Thu, Sep 17 2015 12:00 am by The Network for Public Health Law

Thursday, September 17 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. (ET). View/download the slides.

Oral health is critical to overall health. Untreated dental problems in children may result in attention deficits, trouble in school, and problems sleeping and eating. For adults, poor oral health may contribute to difficulty obtaining a job and forming relationships. Poor oral health is also associated with a number of diseases, including diabetes, stroke and respiratory disease. The burden of oral disease is unequally distributed, with minorities and low-income people significantly more likely to report oral health problems. This webinar examines legal and policy approaches to improve oral health, including community water fluoridation, access to care for low-income populations, and expanded scope of practice for dental auxiliaries.


  • Matt Jacob, Director of Communications and Outreach, Children’s Dental Health Project
  • Jane Perkins, J.D., M.P.H., Legal Director at the National Health Law Program and Senior Attorney at the Network for Public Health Law – Southeastern Region
  • Jill Krueger, J.D., Director, Network for Public Health Law — Northern Region


  • Kathleen Hoke, J.D., Director, Network for Public Health Law — Eastern Region

Some attendees may qualify for CLE credit. ASLME is an approved provider of continuing legal education credits in several states ASLME will also apply for CLE credits in other states upon request.