|Nexus - Fall 2000 Issue|
|Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health Previewed at NYUCD Graduation|
“We recognize that oral health is an essential and integral component of overall health throughout the life span,” said Surgeon General Satcher. “We also recognize profound disparities that affect those without the knowledge or resources to achieve good oral care. Those who suffer the worst oral health include poor Americans, especially children and the elderly. Members of racial and ethnic groups also experience a disproportionate level of oral health problems. And those with disabilities and complex health conditions are at greater risk for oral diseases that, in turn, further complicate their health.” An audience of more than 400 graduates, representing NYU’s D.D.S., Advanced Education, and dental hygiene programs, plus more than 3,000 family members, faculty, and alumni, heard the Surgeon General stress these two key messages a day in advance of the formal release of the report.
Calling Surgeon General Satcher a “visionary advocate for the health of the public,” Dean Alfano applauded Dr. Satcher’s aggressive agenda, adding that the Surgeon General’s emphasis on oral cancer was particularly noteworthy. “The emphasis on the oral cancer disparity suffered by African American men will bring the much-needed attention of all Americans to this little known deadly disease.”