Oral Health Equity for Hispanics: Unraveling Policy and Influencing Practice

CE Credits
1 hour

Nearly 20% of the US population identifies with a Latino community today. And that 20% — those 1 in 5 individuals — often face disparities and inequities that influence their oral health care, access, and equity.

On the eve of Hispanic Heritage Month, an expert panel will explore the current landscape of Hispanics' oral health and findings from a new white paper from the Hispanic Dental Association and CareQuest Institute. They'll also discuss the advancements that have been made in the last two decades, the critical role of oral health public practices, and the importance of integrating community voice into future discussions.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the major national and state policies that have influenced the oral health of Hispanic communities in the US, with an emphasis on disparities and inequities in access to care.
  • Analyze the national and state equities and inequities in oral health status among the Hispanic population.
  • Evaluate the utilization trends of dental and emergency services among Hispanics, identifying areas of concern and potential policy solutions to improve access.
  • Critique the representation of Hispanics in the dental workforce and policy strategies to increase Hispanic representation.


Martha J. Mutis, DDS, MPH, FICD, EDD, President-Elect, Hispanic Dental Association


Eugenio Beltrán-Aguilar, DMD, MPH, DrPH, Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology and Health Promotion, New York University College of Dentistry

Elías Morón, DDS, MPH, MHL, Clinical Assistant Professor, Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine

Alejandra Valencia, DDS, MPH, MS, Director, Oral Health Forum, Heartland Alliance Health 

Jorge Bernal, DDS, MPH, Dental Sealant/ Oral Health Education Specialist, Georgia Department of Public Health

This webinar will be recorded.




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