A two-day symposium on Armenian children’s dental health will take place on November 2-3, 2015 at AUA’s Manoogian Hall. The event is part of a much larger oral health education project initiated and supported by the Bay Area Friends of Armenia (BAFA) that decided that educating healthcare providers through seminars and other forms of advocacy was an essential first step. Dr. Jack Koumjian, an AUA supporter, is working in partnership with Dr. Ramos-Gomez and Dr. Francois Antounian, another AUA supporter who is an orthopedic surgeon and Board Member of BAFA, to organize the two day symposium. Dr. Francisco Ramos-Gomez, D.D.S., M.S., M.P.H., Professor in the Division of Pediatric Dentistry and the Director for the Pediatric Dentistry Preceptorship Program at the UCLA School of Dentistry, is a proponent of global health who has served in the areas of dental, pediatrics and oral health policy.
AUA School of Public Health is co-sponsoring the symposium.
Jack Koumjian, DDS, MSD is a Clinical Associate Professor of Stanford University Medical School and University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry.
Dr Koumjian received his D.D.S. and M.S.D. From Indiana University School of Dentistry. He is the author of over 20 publications in Dental Literature. He has been a guest speaker at numerous National and International meetings. He was the past President of American College of Prosthodontics California School and an active member in many professional organizations including American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, American College of Prosthodontists, and Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthodontics.
Francisco Ramos-Gomez, DDS, MS, MPH is a professor in the Division of Pediatric Dentistry and the Director for the Pediatric Dentistry Preceptorship Program at the UCLA School of Dentistry. Dr. Ramos-Gomez has been a pediatric dentist for more than twenty years with specific focus and research in the areas of early childhood caries (ECC) prevention, oral disease risk assessment, and community health with an emphasis on underserved populations. In addition to clinically based interventions, Dr. Ramos-Gomez conceptualized and co-founded the Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health to identify the cultural, environmental, workforce, behavioral, and biologic factors associated with health disparities among ethnic/racial groups in order to enhance health professionals ability to target children likely to be at risk for dental caries. He has played a dynamic role on the Board of the Dental Health Foundation and has actively participated in the Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health. As a proponent of global health, Dr. Ramos-Gomez has supported the UC California-Mexico Health Initiative, established in 1999 to further the advancement of the UC bi-national health activities, and chaired the Oral Health Task Force, which fosters collaboration between UC and Mexican scientists in the areas of dental, pediatrics and oral health policy. Early in his career, Dr. Ramos-Gomez received the Kellogg Fellowship for International Development and testified at the U.S. Congressional Legislative Hearing on Hispanics. He has received numerous accolades over the years and in 2011, Dr. Ramos-Gomez received the National Dental Association Foundation/Colgate-Palmolive Faculty Recognition Award for Research.
He earned an M.S. degree in Pediatric Dentistry from Tufts University School of Dentistry in 1988 and his M.P.H. from the Harvard University School of Public Health, Department of Policy & Management in 1990. He received certification in Dental Epidemiology and Dental Public Health from the University of California, San Francisco, in 1992. Professional Memberships: World Wide Congress of Minimally Invasive Dentistry – CAMBRA Coalition; Pan-America Health Organization (PAHO); International Association of Pediatric Dentistry; International Association of Dental Research (IADR) Board; Federation Dentaire Internationale (FDI).
DAY 1: November 2
10:00- 10:30 Opening Remarks by AUA School of Public Health and Bay Area Friends of Armenia
10:30- 11:00 Introduction importance of oral health (Dr. Koumjian)
11:00- 11:30 Inter-professional collaboration with potential for increased prevention, early identification and treatment oral & dental diseases. (Dr. Koumjian)
11:30-11:45 Coffee Break
11:45- 12:15 Integration of Oral Health into Primary Care – AAP Recommendations – Smiles for Life Curriculum (Dr. Gomez)
12:15- 13:00 Teething: Child’s teeth when the teeth come in (Dr. Gomez)
13:00- 14:00 LUNCH BREAK
14:00-14:30 What causes dental cavities (Dr. Gomez)
14:30- 15:00 Oral health care during pregnancy (Dr. Gomez)
15:00- 15:30 Why are primary teeth important (Dr. Gomez)
15:30-15:45 Coffee Break
15:45- 16:15 Early childhood cavities (Dr. Gomez)
16:15- 16:45 Questions & Answers
DAY 2: November 3
10:00-10:30 Healthy Diet (Dr. Gomez)
10:30- 12:00 Basic oral care - Birth to two years; Age two to five years; Five to Ten years (Dr. Gomez)
12:00-12:15 Coffee Break
12:15- 12:45 FDI – Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Care Policy (Dr. Gomez & Dr. Koumjian)
12:45- 13:30 Hands on oral hygiene brushing teeth on dental model (Dr. Gomez)
13:30- 14:00 Questions & Answers
14:00- 14:30 Closing remarks
This event is in English. Simultaneous interpretation into Armenian will be provided. This event is open to public.