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Join health providers and advocates from across Virginia and the nation for the 10th annual Virginia Oral Health Summit! This year’s summit is entirely virtual and will take place from October 7-9.

Each day will feature specific content on topics like racial equity, social determinants of health, teledentistry, public health policy, all with a focus on Virginia-specific information and innovation. Find the program book here.

2020 Virginia Oral Health Summit Agenda

The 2020 Virginia Oral Health Summit is a three-day virtual event, the agenda for each day is available below. Attendees will have access to the sessions live, or on-demand afterward, as well as networking opportunities.

Day One - October 7

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Welcome and Keynote: Opportunities for a More Equitable Public Oral Health System


  • Paul Glassman, DDS, MA, MBA, California Northstate University
  • Matt Allen, DDS, M David MI Inc.
  • Carlos S. Smith, DDS, MDiv, FACD, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Myechia Minter-Jordan, MD, MBA, DentaQuest Partnership
  • Facilitator: Patrick Finnerty

In our first keynote, experts from across the country will discuss how the global pandemic and anti-racism activism are accelerating the development and implementation of more equitable and innovative oral health care. This future-looking panel will dive into topics including ethics in health care delivery and education, place-based care, and value-based payment models.

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
Break & Virtual Networking

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Breakout Session 1: Overcoming Barriers to Implementing Effective Oral Health Policy


  • Sarah Raskin, PhD, MPH, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Shillpa Naavaal, BDS, MS, MPH, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Dina Garcia, PhD, MPH, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Facilitator: Tiffany L. Williams, DDS

Public policy changes in Virginia, like a Medicaid dental benefit for pregnant women, have improved access to health services; however, passing legislation doesn’t mean the work is over. Collaborators from Virginia Commonwealth University’s iCubed Initiative Oral Health Core will discuss opportunities, based on their research, to mitigate barriers that often arise when new policies are implemented.

2:00 – 3:00 PM
Breakout Session 2: When Youth Talk, Adults Listen: Engaging Influencers to Improve School Wellness Policies


  • Daniel Saggese, MBA, Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY)
  • Riya Awaiya, VFHY Y Street Leadership Team
  • Jordyn Rollins-Williams, VFHY Y Street Leadership Team
  • Facilitator: Natalie Pennywell, MPH, CHES

Youth can play a critical role in influencing key decision-makers to take a broader, more comprehensive approach to improve school health and wellness. The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth’s (VFHY) statewide youth engagement program, Y Street, demonstrates that youth can make positive impacts on school wellness policies. In this session, attendees will learn how impactful the inclusion of youth voices is in advancing school wellness goals and will have the opportunity to hear and learn directly from youth leaders engaged in this work.


Day Two - October 8

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Keynote: Building Community Resilience: Applying the Pair of ACEs to Practice


  • Wendy Ellis, DrPH, MPH, Director, Building Community Resilience Collaborative, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University
  • Facilitator: Sarah Raskin, PhD, MPH

Begin day two with a keynote from Dr. Wendy Ellis as she explores how to apply a community resilience framework with a public health perspective to our engagement with partners, patients, and community members. Using the concept of the “Pair of ACE’ (Adverse Childhood Experiences in the context of Adverse Community Environments), attendees will learn to identify key community assets and resources, promote upstream efforts to address social determinants, and build community resilience.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Break & Virtual Networking

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Breakout Session 1: Clean Water Access and Affordability Through an Equity Lens


  • Dwayne Roadcap, Virginia Department of Health Office of Water Programs
  • Erin Ling, MS, M.EPC, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Facilitator: Hannah Robbins, MPH, Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth

Water shapes our environment, affects economic growth, and is the cornerstone of healthy communities. Safe drinking water is essential for a person’s ability to have good oral and overall health. In this panel, members of the Water Equity Taskforce will discuss the current state of water in the commonwealth and the unique challenges that Virginians face to having equitable access to clean, affordable, fluoridated drinking water.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Breakout Session 2: Partnership for Healthy Public Housing Communities: A Systems Change Initiative


  • Kathryn Thompson, Southside Transformation Opportunities for Residents and Youth
  • Najmah Thomas, University of South Carolina Beaufort
  • Rachel Douglas, The Innerwork Center
  • Steven Benham, Hopewell Redevelopment & Housing Authority
  • Facilitator: Natalie Pennywell, MPH, CHES

Creating system-level change requires innovation from partners across the health care landscape and within the communities served. Learn how panelists created a successful system change initiative that is laying the foundation for total health for families in Hopewell’s public housing neighborhoods.

Day Three - October 9

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Keynote: Pandemics, Policing, and Protest: On Racism & Health


  • Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH, California Children’s Trust
  • Facilitator: Susie Lee

The COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter movements highlight the insidiousness and persistence of racism, on both structural and interpersonal levels. In the final keynote of the 2020 Virginia Oral Health Summit, Dr. Rhea Boyd will explore the intersecting forms of violence that continue to threaten Black lives and identify strategies for dismantling racism and closing the gap in racial health outcomes.

12:00 – 1:00 PM
Break & Virtual Networking

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
The Intersection of Race and Oral Health


  • Alton Hart Jr., MD, MPH, Crater Health District/Southside Trauma Informed Care Network
  • Brian Little, Crater Health District/Southside Trauma Informed Care Network
  • Theresa Caldwell, Petersburg Wellness Consortium/Southside Trauma Informed Care Network
  • Facilitator: Maghboeba Mosavel, PhD

Back by popular demand, this updated, interactive presentation will demonstrate the challenges of racial inequities, particularly how oral health disparities and inequitable access to services impact people of color. With the guidance of representatives from the Southside Trauma Informed Care Network (TICN), participants will learn to better address situations that cause cultural adversities and unite diverse communities.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Breakout Session 2: Implementing Teledentistry in Virginia’s Safety Net


  • McAllister Castelaz, DMD, Ivor Dental Center, Horizon Health Services
  • Scott Wolpin, DMD, Eastern Shore Rural Health System
  • Zachary Hairston, DDS, Dental Consultant – Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS)
  • Facilitator: Christina Byerson, DDS

When Virginia’s safety-net clinics closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, many turned to teledentistry to maintain connections with patients and triage patient care. In this panel, join leaders in Virginia’s teledentistry movement as they share insights about the implementation of teledentistry workflows, tools for navigating new barriers and limitations, and strategies for connecting patients with critical social supports virtually.

3:00 – 3:20 PM
Closing Remarks


  • Albert R. Walker, III, Th. M, M. Div, RMHF


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