Breaking Barriers: Inclusive Health Care & Social Justice

Presented by Dr. Eleanor Fleming, PhD, DDS, MPH, FICD

Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

University of Maryland School of Dentistry

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Course Description: The purpose of this presentation is to engage the audience around understanding both the barriers to and opportunities for inclusive health care and supporting oral health equity as a social justice concern.

Objectives: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate between equality, equity, and liberation as social justice concepts.
  • Understand how and why inclusion is information in oral health practice, advocacy, and research.
  • Identify areas of opportunity to break barriers in oral health.

Dr. Eleanor Fleming is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health. She earned her dental degree from Meharry Medical College, completed her dental public health residency at Boston University, and earned her PhD from Vanderbilt University. She completed additional post-graduate training as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer where she investigated disease outbreaks and conducted studies to promote health equity. Over the course of her
career, she has developed subject matter expertise on infectious and chronic disease epidemiology, and previously served as the dental epidemiologist overseeing the Oral Health Component of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. She has been the principal investigator on a number of studies and has informed public health surveillance at state, national, and international levels. She holds leadership positions in the American Association of Public Health Dentistry and the American Public Health Association, where she completed a term on the APHA Science Board; she was also actively involved in the National Dental Association serving on its Coronavirus Task Force.

This speaker has declared a commercial relationship with DentaQuest and CareQuest Institute for Oral Health.