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FEHDD Preparing for WHO Oral Health Strategy Implementation

Wednesday, 28th June 2023 - 13:30 to 15:00
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90 minutes

World Health Organization Global Oral Health Action Plan (2023–2030) – Where we are and way forward!
Session synopsis: 

This year in collaboration with long-term partner Colgate the FEHDD has created an informative and challenging calendar of events to help support the European dental deans and senior faculty

The Summer Programme see two linked events being delivered that will culminate in the FEHDD and ADEE creating a priority action list and supporting resources that will enable Deans and senior faculty prepare for and delivery on the WHO Global Oral Health Action Plan (2023–2030). As work on the delivery of the plan evolves at national level academia will see a changing focus in how and who is provided with training with impacts on process, funding and expected outcomes. This series of two linked events will provide you as senior academic leaders within your institutes and countries valuable help and support to be better position to engage in the national and European debates that will emerge from the WHO strategy. The first of these session 'World Health Organization Global Oral Health Action Plan (2023–2030) – Where we are and way forward!', is delivered online on 28th June at 13:30 UK time.

'World Health Organization Global Oral Health Action Plan (2023–2030) – Where we are and way forward!'

As academic leaders in oral health professionals, we will be called upon at national level to consult, create and deliver on national strategies that will evolve from the Global Oral Health Action Plan (2023–2030). To effectively do this we need to be well informed on the staged development and delivery of the strategy and what the practical implications of this will mean to our oral health curriculum, clinical and pedagogical practices. With this in mind and in preparation for out face to face workshop as part of ADEE 2023 in Liverpool, this online session brings together a panel of speakers closely connected to the pulse of this strategy. Each will provide an update from their organisations perspective to identify challenges and opportunities. An interactive questions and answer session will enable clarification and better understanding on what the strategy means to our academic institutions and practice.


13:30 Welcome from co chairs 
13:35 Presentations from panel members 
14:15 Round table discussion and Question and Answers 
14:30 Closing remarks

Corrado Paganelli

The Dental School, University of Brescia, Italy

Corrado Paganelli DDS, MD is currently chair of the Board of IFDEA (International Federation of Dental Educators and Associations) and FEHDD (Forum of European Heads and Deans of Dental Schools), Former President CECDO (Council of European Chief Dental Officers) and ADEE (Association for Dental Education in Europe). Dean of dental school / clinic, and previously hygienist school and orthodontic program, Erasmus coordinator for medical school at University of Brescia – Italy. President-elect of IADR Nutrition group. He also chairs the dental expert panel (Expamed) for the EU Commission of the Regulation (EU) 2017/745 on Medical Devices.

Irina Laura Chivu-Garip

Head of Scientific Affairs Europe
Colgate Palmolive Europe Sàrl

With a career spanning over 16 years, centred on corporate scientific affairs and public health, Irina Laura Chivu-Garip is currently leading scientific and public health engagement strategy for the European region at Colgate-Palmolive, securing strong scientific expertise for key oral care brands, innovating with NGOs and associations’ partnerships and developing professional education and patient behaviour change strategies for better oral health.  Prior to joining industry, Irina worked as a general dentist, co-managing a private practice, and held teaching positions in Restorative Dentistry.


Dympna Kavanagh

Chief Dental Officer
Department of Health, Ireland

Dympna Kavanagh is the Chief Dental Officer in the Department of Health, Ireland. She completed her PhD in UCC and subsequently completed Diploma, Masters, and Specialist/ Consultancy Training in Dental Public Health in London in 2001. She worked in the Health Service Executive Ireland in the areas of quality and risk, general management and within the Dental Service at National Level. She is President Elect of the Council of European Chief Dental Officers and of the Platform for Better Oral Health for the EU. The Permanent Irish Health Council in Geneva were tasked to coordinate the EU position re the WHO strategy for the WHO Executive Board January 2022 allowing a particular insight into EU concerns and priorities.

Georgios Tsakos

Professor of Dental Public Health UCL, UK
Chair, Platform for Better Oral Health in Europe

Dr George Tsakos graduated in Dentistry from the University of Athens, Greece, and completed a PhD at University College London (UCL), UK. He is currently a Reader in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL. He also holds Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health appointments with the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and with Public Health England. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (UK). He is currently Chair Elect of the Platform for Better Oral Health in Europe, and Immediate Past President of the European Association of Dental Public Health (EADPH). He is also an International Association of Dental Research (IADR) Councillor representing the Behavioural Epidemiological and Health Services Research (BEHSR) group. He has also served as EADPH President. Dr Tsakos has been a key member of the consortium that carried out the national adult and children’s dental health surveys in the UK. He has published more than 150 papers and book chapters and his main research interests are on: subjective measures of oral health and quality of life, oral health inequalities and the social determinants of health, the relationship between oral and general health, and how oral health is linked with diet and nutrition

Pål Barkvoll

Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE)

Prof Pål Barkvoll is the of ADEE 2022 - 2023. Pål was Dean of the faculty of dentistry in the University of Oslo Norway 2013-2016 and 2017-2020, prior to which he was Chair, Institute of Clinical Dentistry (1999-2012). He is a board member with the Nordic Institute of Dental Materials and of the Acta Odontologica Scandinavica Society. A Professor of Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine since 1995, Pål is committed to ensure the oral health workforce the we train today is ready to meet the challenges they will face.

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