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

July 20, 2020
6:30 PM - 8:00 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 II: Remote Learning and Training for Dentists and Dental Students

Introductory Remarks:
● Ravina Aggarwal, Director, Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai
● Kavita P. Ahluwalia, Associate Professor and Program Director, Postdoctoral Program in Dental Public Health, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine (CDM)
● James B. Fine, Professor and Associate Dean of Postdoctoral Programs, CDM
● Victor Badner, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Dentistry and Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Jacobi Medical Center
● Regina Mutave James, Professor and Dean, School of Dental Sciences, University of Nairobi, Kenya
● Vikrant Mohanty, Associate Professor and Head, Public Health Dentistry, Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, New Delhi 

Panel Bios

James B. Fine. DMD is the Senior Academic Dean for Postdoctoral Academic and Student Affairs and Continuing Education, Professor of Clinical Dentistry with tenure of title at Columbia University's College of Dental Medicine, and Attending Dental Surgeon on the Presbyterian Hospital Dental Service. He has been on the faculty of the College of Dental Medicine for over 30 years. He has participated extensively in the educational program, teaching dental students and postdoctoral students. Dr. Fine is the elected chairman of the college's Curriculum Committee and the chairman of the Postdoctoral Education Committee. He is currently the course director of numerous courses in the Postdoctoral Periodontics program. Over the years he has redesigned parts of the predoctoral curriculum in Periodontics. He has authored or co-authored numerous articles, chapters and abstracts in the periodontal literature. Additionally, he has presented at invited lectures and seminars. Dr. Fine maintains a clinical practice limited to Periodontics and Implantology at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center faculty practice in Northern Manhattan

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. Mohanty is Currently working as Associate Professor and Head of Department, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, Govt. of NCT of Delhi.  He is also the Head of Tobacco Cessation Clinic, Medical Officer In charge of Mobile Clinic Project, Resource Member in National Oral Health Program - Govt. of India, Program Coordinator of National Resource Center of Oral health and Tobacco Cessation and the Executive Member of the Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry.

Victor Badner, DMD, MPH, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Dentistry and Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Jacobi Medical Center, received a dental degree from Harvard and a Master’s in Public Health from UCLA. In addition, he completed a General Practice Residency at Montefiore Hospital and a Dental Public Health residency at Univ. Ca. SF.  In addition to training General Practice Residents, Dr. Badner is the Director of Jacobi Medical Center’s Dental Public Health Residency Program, and holds leadership positions at the Commission of Dental Accreditation.  Dr. Badner has published and received numerous grants to assess oral health needs and promote oral health among vulnerable populations including those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, People Living with HIV/AIDS, South Asians, Latinos and underserved women and mothers.  He is the founder and leader of a cross-national course on Dental Public Health that has engendered cross program collaborations, and has set in motion the successful training and certification of Dental Public Health specialists. 

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 she is the Director of the College’s Dental Public Health Residency Program. Dr. Ahluwalia’s research is focused on the utilization of Community-Based Participatory (CBPR) methods to address oral health and oral healthcare disparities across the lifespan; in particular, she is interested in working with communities and non-dental professionals to integrate oral health into existing systems of care both in the United States and East Africa. She has worked with local and regional agencies such as Meals-on-Wheels, New York City’s Department for the Aging, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to address programmatic and policy concerns among vulnerable populations. Dr. Ahluwalia has been funded by the National Institute on Aging, the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Legacy Foundation, the Administration for Community Living, New York State Health Department and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to address the oral health needs of community-dwelling and institutionalized older adults. 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 Research Methods, and teaches Program Evaluation at the Mailman School of Public Health.