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News From the College
Global Oral Health: Why Does It Matter?
A Conversation with Dr. Poul Erick Petersen

Dr. Poul Erick Petersen, the Responsible Officer for Oral Health at the World Health Organization (WHO), visited NYUCD in March to discuss Global Oral Health: Why Does It Matter," the third in a series of Conversations on Global Public Health sponsored by the NYU Master's Program in Global Public Health. The Master's Program in Global Public Health is a collaboration of NYU's Wagner School of Public Service, Steinhardt School of Education, School of Social Work, College of Dentistry with its College of Nursing, and the School of Medicine.

Dr. Petersen discussed the World Health Organization's vision of global public health and how this applies to oral health. His presentation highlighted the role of international institutions such as WHO, UNICEF, and the Global Forum for Health Research, and how they are bridging the health-care gap between developed and developing countries.

The program also included welcoming remarks by Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford, Co-director of the Master's Program in Global Oral Health, and Dr. Gustavo D. Cruz, Director of Public Health and Health Promotion at NYUCD, and introductory remarks by Dr. Neal Herman, Professor of Pediatric Dentistry and Region II Head Start Oral Health Consultant.