Community and Population Health: 2023 APHA Oral Health Section Student Awardees

CE Credits
1 hour

CareQuest Institute for Oral Health, in collaboration with the American Public Health Association (APHA) Oral Health Section, presents a webinar that explores a mix of topics, including oral health care for the LGBTQ+ community, distance learning throughout the pandemic, and associations between socio-demographic, behavioral factors, and oral health symptoms among pregnant women. Four winners of the Anthony Westwater Jong Population Oral Health Pre-Professional Award and the Caswell A. Evans Population Oral Health Post-Professional Award from APHA will share short presentations and answer questions on their research.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the perceptions of predoctoral dental students regarding distance learning throughout the pandemic.
  • Explain the association between depression symptoms, perceived stress, and oral symptoms among pregnant African American women.
  • Analyze the unique challenges in accessing oral health care faced by the LGBTQ+ community and propose strategies to address these barriers.
  • Review the current attitudes of pediatric dentists and orthodontists toward incorporating mental health screenings for disorders such as depression in adolescent patients. 
  • Discuss the potential clinical implications of associations between socio-demographic, behavioral factors and oral health symptoms among pregnant women.


Kevin Rodriguez Lichtenberg, DDS, MPH, CPH, Dental Director, Chesapeake Health Care


Sapna Nath, BS, DMD Candidate at Harvard School of Dental Medicine 

Nithya Ramesh, BDS, MPH, Public Health Resident, Doctoral Candidate, Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Olivert Mbah, MPH, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health

Ellyce Clonan, DDS, MPH, MA, Dental Public Health Specialist

This webinar will be recorded.




CareQuest Institute for Oral Health is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.     
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This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) by CareQuest Institute for Oral Health.

Participating instructor(s) in this program have disclosed that they have the following financial arrangement or affiliation with the listed corporate organization offering financial support or grant monies for or related to the content of this program/activity.

Nithya Ramesh, BDS, MPH, Public Health Resident, Doctoral Candidate    
Harvard School of Dental Medicine