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Oral Health and Healthcare during COVID-19: Lessons from India, Kenya and the United States (Part I)

July 13, 2020
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
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Time: 6:30 pm (Mumbai) | 4:00 pm (Nairobi) | 9:00 am (New York)

Oral health services have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. With healthcare systems struggling to cope with the increasing number of patients impacted by the novel coronavirus worldwide, there has been a concomitant decline in the provision of elective and non-emergency oral and dental services. This has impacted not only access to and utilization of clinical dental services, but also community-based preventive programming, and the education of dentists and dentists-in-training. Join Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai and Columbia Global Centers | Nairobi for a two-part series, as we discuss lessons learned from India, Kenya and the United States in finding new and innovative ways to provide clinical, outreach and educational services during this pandemic.

Part I: Provision of Oral Health Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Introductory Remarks:
● Murugi Ndirangu, Director, Columbia Global Centers | Nairobi
● Kavita P. Ahluwalia, Associate Professor and Program Director, Postdoctoral Program in Dental Public Health, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine (CDM)
● Biana Roykh, Associate Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, CDM
● Sharon Perelman, Assistant Professor and Chief Medical Informatics Officer, CDM 
● Regina Mutave James, Professor and Dean, School of Dental Sciences, University of Nairobi, Kenya
● G. Rajesh, Professor and Head, Public Health Dentistry, Manipal College of Dental Sciences 

Panel Bios

Dr. Mutave holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Community and Preventive Dentistry from the University of Nairobi. She is a registered specialist in public health through the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board. Dr. Mutave collaborated with team members to plan and develop a report for the first Kenya National Oral Health Survey in 2015. Additionally, she is a member of a team that is responsible for the Tobacco Uptake Prevention and Cessation Program which trains dentists and Community Oral Health Officers to help cease tobacco use across the country.

Dr. Rajesh is a professor and the department head of Public Health Dentistry at Manipal College of Dental Sciences. In addition to his work at Manipal College, Dr. Rajesh is a National Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry and a Core Committee Member with the Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry. Further, Dr. Rajesh has established the Tobacco Cessation Centre to promote good oral health habits.

Dr. Ahluwalia received both a DDS and MPH from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and completed a residency in Dental Public Health from the Veterans Administration in Perry Point, Maryland. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Dental Public Health, and is the Director of the College’s Postdoctoral Program in Dental Public Health. Dr. Ahluwalia uses Community-Based Participatory (CBPR) methods to address oral health and healthcare disparities across the lifespan in the United States and East Africa; she has been funded by the National Institute on Aging, the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Administration for Community Living, New York State Health Department and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to address the oral health needs of vulnerable populations. In addition to mentoring student research, Dr. Ahluwalia supervises the research of dental public health residents, directs the College’s course in Foundational Analytic Skills, and teaches Program Evaluation at the Mailman School of Public Health.

Dr. Biana Roykh received her DDS from the University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry. Upon graduation, she was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Honor Dental Society. She completed a General Practice Residency at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Las Vegas and returned to San Francisco in 2007. Biana cared for patients in private practice until 2013. Concurrently, she directed a dental post-baccalaureate program at the San Francisco State University, which focused on helping students from traditionally underrepresented minority and socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds gain admission to US dental schools. In 2013, she followed her passion for education and became a full time Clinic Director and Associate Professor at the UCSF School of Dentistry. Biana returned to studies and attended the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, where she competed her training for a Masters in Public Health in 2016 and engaged in community public health work as Deputy Dental Director for a federally qualified health center in Oakland, CA. In March of this year, Dr. Roykh joined Columbia University of Dental Medicine as Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Associate Clinical Professor. In her daily work, Biana supports patients, dental students, residents, faculty and staff in delivering excellent patient care, clinical education and translational research and discovery.

Dr. Perelman is the Chief Medical Informatics Officer and Assistant Professor at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, spearheading the integration of medical and dental Electronic Health Record (EHR) using the Epic platform. Before this, she spent four years at New York University College of Dentistry, leading the transition to the dental EHR at the largest dental school in the country. She practiced dentistry for over 20 years in private practice before joining academia.  Dr. Perelman has a master's degree in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University, and her dental degree is from Loyola University. Dr. Perelman's passion is integrating medical and dental EHR's. Prior to her career in dentistry, she was an intensive care nurse for many years.  One of her loves is streamlining workflows and processes, and she has a Green Belt in Six Sigma in Healthcare. Dr. Perelman spent time becoming an Epic physician builder and is certified in the basic physician builder, physician builder data analytics, physician builder health planet, and Wisdom Epic Modules. She has become a leader in her field lecturing domestically and International of EHR's and authored a book chapter on the subject.