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Exploring the Wicked Problem of the Oral Health Care System

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Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 01:00pm ET / Duration: 1 hour / CE Credits: 1

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Improving the oral health care system is a wicked problem. During this first in a series of webinars, we’ll detail what makes our current system a wicked problem and explore efforts being made to reach a future state of oral health care that is equitable and value-based. Content and panelists spotlighted during this webinar series are featured within a recent special issue of the Journal of Public Health Dentistry focusing on value-based oral health care.


  • Define wicked problem and how the current system of oral health care fits the definition.
  • Understand the current state and desired future state of our oral health system as captured during a convening of key stakeholders in oral health.
  • Gain insight on why the Journal of Public Health Dentistry chose to dedicate a special issue to value-based care and understand how content is organized. 


  • Robert Weyant, DMD, DrPH, Associate Dean, Professor and Chair of the Department of Dental Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
  • Julie Hawley, Ph.D., CAE, Director, Analytics & Evaluation, DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement
  • Rebekah Mathews, Director, Value-Based Care, DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement
  • Carolyn Brown, DDS, M.Ed, Senior Strategic Advisor, DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement

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