The Santa Fe Group's first annual Meskin Symposium, dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Lawrence H. Meskin, a founding member of the Santa Fe Group (SFG), was held at NYUCD in June. The two-day symposium, "Expanding Access to Primary Care: New Oral Health Workforce Models," was presented in partnership with the New York Academy of Medicine, the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at NYU, and the Center for Health Professions at the University of California at San Francisco. SFG is a public health think tank focused on critical issues in health, especially oral health
Topics included "New Models for Health Care Delivery in Dental Practice," "Ethical (and Other) Issues Related to Improvement of Access to Oral Health Care," and "The States' Role in Workforce Policy: Battlefield or Playground?" The event drew nearly 70 leaders in dentistry, other healthcare professions, public policy, and the corporate sector for a discussion of possible strategies and potential solutions to the issue of the adequacy of the current workforce to meet present and future challenges of primary healthcare delivery.
According to Dean Charles N. Bertolami, a member of SFG, "Identifying methods to increase the oral health workforce to improve the health of the public is a complex and global issue that is at the heart of the SFG project, which began in 2000, when eight health professions leaders met to share their common concern for the health of the American people, especially the often overlooked area of oral health. NYUCD is honored to have been selected to host the first Meskin Symposium, which pays tribute to a leader whose vision and commitment were key to SFG's growing success over the years."