Association for Dental Education in Europe

Learning together to improve oral health and quality of life

Forum of European Heads and Deans of Dental Schools

Tuesday, 22nd August 2023 - 13:00 to 17:30
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World Health Alliance Global Oral Health Action Plan (2023–2030), let’s get ready!
Space 8&9 @ The Spine
Session synopsis: 
Better Oral Health for All Leading the implementation of the World Health Organisation’s Action Plan for Oral Health.
The global burden of oral diseases and conditions is an urgent public health challenge which disproportionately affects vulnerable and marginalised members of society.

The WHO Action Plan for Oral Health sets goals and a framework with clear measurable targets to be achieved by 2030. Now it is time for us as Deans to consider how we will play our role in delivering those goals: we will start by working together to create our action plan for this. This will be an interactive, action-focused session, drawing on Deans’ experiences and knowledge as we work together to plan how to implement the plan.

During this time we will:

  • Explore how people experience change, and our role in that as leaders
  • Stimulate out of the box thinking using creative thinking tools 
  • Generate, then select the best ideas for us to have maximum impact 
  • Build action plans to lead dental schools towards successful implementation
  • Practice on how to best communicate and engage with others to build momentum

The annual session of the Forum of European Heads and
Deans of Dental Schools (FEHDD) kindly supported by Colgate.

12:30 Lunch available on arrival
13:00-13:30 Welcome and Introduction: Set the context for the workshop by highlighting the significance of the WHO Action Plan for Oral Health and its implications for dental schools.
13:30-14:00 Mapping the Current State - Understanding the WHO Action Plan for Oral Health: The workshop chairs will provide a brief overview of the WHO Action Plan for Oral Health approved by the World Health Assembly - key goals, objectives, and priorities of the Action Plan. Reconfirm together potential challenges and opportunities in the context of dental schools to structure breakout work.
14:00-14:45 Change Management and what it takes to drive change: The workshop facilitators will anchor participants in key concepts regarding driving change to set appropriate mindset to enable effective implementation of actions to be discussed.

Breakout Groups - incl. coffee break: Divide participants into 8 groups of 8-10 people based on common themes or areas of interest. Each group will brainstorm and discuss potential strategies and actions specific to Dental Schools to align with the WHO Action Plan.

Breakout Themes - as agreed by FEHDD members in previous webinars

1. Oral Health Curriculum Enhancement:

  • Discuss ways to integrate the principles and priorities of the WHO Action Plan into the dental school curriculum.
  • Identify opportunities to incorporate oral health promotion, disease prevention, and health equity components into existing courses.
  • Explore the inclusion of interprofessional education to address the linkages between oral health and overall health.

2. Community Outreach:

  • Brainstorm ideas for community engagement initiatives that promote oral health and raise awareness about the importance of oral care.
  • Discuss strategies to collaborate with local communities, NGOs, and public health agencies to implement oral health programs.

3. Advocacy and Policy influencing:

  • Identify ways to advocate for policy changes that support oral health initiatives at the local, regional, or national levels.

4. Research and Data Collection

  • Explore the role of dental schools in conducting research on oral health trends, risk factors, and effective interventions.
  • Discuss methods to collect and analyze data to measure the impact of oral health programs and interventions.
  • Identify opportunities for dental schools to contribute to evidence-based policies and practices.

5. Capacity Building and Training:

  • Discuss approaches to enhance the skills and knowledge of dental faculty and students to align with the WHO Action Plan.
  • Explore the potential for continuing education programs, workshops, and conferences to disseminate information and foster professional development.
  • Identify ways to engage dental students in community service and fieldwork to gain practical experience.
16:45-17:00 Workshop Wrap Up: Summarize the key action points and commitments made during the workshop. Establish a plan for ongoing communication and collaboration among dental schools to track progress and share best practices
17:00-17:30 Session Feedback, Certificates pick-up, Deans Networking
18:00-20:00 Reception

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.

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.

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.


Steve Edney

Facilitator and Consultant

Steve is an enthusiastic individual, dedicated to supporting and positively influencing the growth of others. His professional experience spans different countries, where he has worked as a trainer, facilitator and consultant – engaging with diverse stakeholders. His areas of expertise encompass various skills, including sales leadership, strategic partnerships, strategic planning, pricing, negotiation, customer marketing, effective communication and leading organisational change.


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