DQI welcomes first-ever AcademyHealth Oral Health Fellow


Dr. Hyewon Lee selected for 2017 Delivery System Science Fellowship class

Westborough, Mass. - DentaQuest Institute recently announced its selection as one of four host sites for AcademyHealth’s Delivery System Science Fellowship (DSSF). This year marks the first that AcademyHealth has selected an oral health fellow and host site as part of the DSSF.

“We are honored to be the first site to host a delivery system science fellow focused on oral health,” said Tequila Terry, executive director of the DentaQuest Institute. “And I am excited to share that we will continue this partnership with AcademyHealth in 2018.”

Following a rigorous evaluation process, Hyewon Lee, DMD, MPH, joined DentaQuest Institute this month to begin her work as a 2017 DSSF fellow. Dr. Lee will collaborate with DentaQuest leadership and Institute program teams to engage in health policy analysis, strategic planning, and evaluation design aimed at addressing health equity by increasing the quality, accessibility, and value of the delivery system. Her research will focus specifically on children and pregnant women.

“The oral health delivery system remains largely separate from the rest of our health care ecosystem and it’s vitally important to get the word out that oral health is part of general health,” said Margo Edmunds, PhD, vice president, AcademyHealth. “We felt it was important that the Delivery System Science Fellowship support strong leaders like Dr. Lee and place them with organizations like DentaQuest that are committed to developing the evidence necessary to understand and improve quality and access, particularly for at-risk populations.”

The Institute will provide design, measurement and analytic modeling support to Dr. Lee, who will transform comprehensive internal and external data sets and information into actionable knowledge about effective and efficient care. Dr. Lee will also examine how her work can be used to improve the care system and better inform policy and financing of care.

Qualified individuals interested in participating in the DSSF can apply now for the 2018 class. The ideal oral health-focused candidate has a strong clinical background and foundation in statistical theory and practice, is a proactive thinker and a self-starter, and enjoys working in a fast-paced and challenging environment with the ability to work independently.

About Hyewon Lee, DMD, MPH

Dr. Hyewon Lee is a pediatric dentist and public health strategist focused on policies and programs for children and pregnant women. She led and co-led the development of multiple policy resolutions, including the Declaration on Access to Oral Health for Children published by the World Federation of Public Health Associations. Before joining the DentaQuest Institute through the DSSF, she served as a policy analyst at the Department of Health and Human Services of the United States, Health Resources, and Services Administration. She was the agency lead for Healthy People 2020 Oral Health Chapter and was closely involved with the publication of Oral Health during Pregnancy: National Consensus Statement.

Dr. Lee graduated from the University of Maryland in Behavior Psychology, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health for her master in health communication. She is pursuing Doctor in Public Health in Health Policy at Johns Hopkins, focusing on health service research.

About DentaQuest Institute

The DentaQuest Institute (www.dentaquestinstitute.org) is a not-for-profit organization focused on improving efficiency, effectiveness and quality in dental care. Through its work to align clinical practice with science-based research, the DentaQuest Institute is helping oral health professionals find new ways to partner with patients to prevent and manage oral diseases. This work ensures patients get the right care, at the right time, with the right outcome. The DentaQuest Institute is an affiliate of DentaQuest (www.dentaquest.com), a leading U.S. oral health enterprise.

About the DSSF Fellowship

The goal of the DSSF Fellowship is to provide hands-on training and professional opportunities for highly qualified researchers with a background in health services research (HSR) or related fields to enhance analytic skills and ultimately increase the capacity of the HSR workforce. To learn more about the AcademyHealth DSSF Fellowship, visit http://www.academyhealth.org/dssf.

About AcademyHealth

AcademyHealth is a leading national organization serving the fields of health services and policy research and the professionals who produce and use this important work. Together with our members, we offer programs and services that support the development and use of rigorous, relevant and timely evidence to increase the quality, accessibility, and value of health care, to reduce disparities, and to improve health. A trusted broker of information, AcademyHealth brings stakeholders together to address the current and future needs of an evolving health system, inform health policy, and translate evidence into action. Learn more at www.academyhealth.org and follow us on Twitter @AcademyHealth.