NEWS

April 1, 2013

UCSF second-year dental student Jolie Goodman, who is mentored by CAN DO's Lisa Chung, was recently awarded the 2013 Albert Schweitzer Fellowship to Address Health Disparities.

Read more here.​

February 1, 2013

The San Francisco Chronicle recently interviewed CAN DO researcher Dr. Elizabeth Mertz (MA, PhD) in connection with a front page article that highlights the link between dental health and overall health.

Dr. Mertz, an assistant professor at UCSF's School of Dentistry, underscores the importance of public health programs in providing preventive dental care.

"There's literally no safety net for these adults anymore. Once the tooth starts to go sour, unless they can find the money to pay for it out of pocket, their choice is to wait until it gets bad enough to cover it as an emergency extraction" said Mertz.

January 17, 2013

A 2012 Gallup survey of employees of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) recently recognized Dr. Stuart A. Gansky (MS, DrPH), director of the Center to Address Disparities in Children's Oral Health (CAN DO), as one of UCSF’s great managers.

Dr. Gansky is the first UCSF faculty member to win this honor since the introduction of this initiative in December 2011.

January 16, 2013

CAN DO researcher Dr. Susan Fisher-Owens (MD, MPH), a pediatrician who also serves as an associate clinical professor in UCSF's School of Medicine, was recently interviewed by the Columbus Dispatch in connection with an article on poverty, obesity, and cavities among children.

Dr. Fisher-Owens highlights the fact that oral health truly is the gateway to overall health.

"Children with severe oral-health problems, once adults, have more heart and lung disease, higher instance of stroke, and if they become diabetic, their condition will be worse,” Fisher-Owens said.

December 20, 2012

​The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently awarded the Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service to the University of California San Francisco’s (UCSF) School of Medicine in connection with a project aimed at promoting children’s oral health among San Francisco’s Latino community.

A video about the AAMC award and SFHIP’s promotora project can be found here.

​Sponsored by UCSF’s San Francisco Health Improvement Partnerships (SFHIP) program, the Community Health Worker or Promotoras project will train promotoras from the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) to apply fluoride varnish on children and promote oral health to children and their families at preschools and elementary schools. The trained promotoras can then refer families whose children are at high risk for dental problems for follow up.

“The Promotora project is an example of an authentic, academic-community partnership,” said Lisa Chung, a researcher at the Center to Address Disparities in Children's Oral Health (CAN DO) who also serves on the University Community Partnerships (UCP) Council. “It represents the confluence of UCSF and community stakeholders coming together to identify a potential strategy to address caries in children. Our community partners CARECEN, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and School of Dentistry faculty members Baharak Amanzadeh and Lilliam Pinzon have been heavily involved in the field work associated with this project. This recognition from the AAMC underscores the depth of their contributions.”

Chung (DDS, MPH) and CAN DO researchers Amanzadeh (DDS, MPH), Kristin Hoeft (PhD), and Margaret Walsh (EdD) also sit on the steering committee of SFHIP’s Children’s Oral Health Partnership Working Group.

SFHIP was created through UCSF’s University Community Partnerships (UCP) Office and is an initiative of UCSF’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

UCP facilitates the creation and strengthening of partnerships between UCSF and the community, while CTSI translates UCSF research into ways to reduce health disparities among communities whose needs have not been met through the traditional medical system.

CAN DO is funded by a 7-year, $24 million cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR U54 DE019285).

October 12, 2012

Researchers at the Center to Address Disparities in Children's Oral Health (CAN DO) displayed posters at UCSF's sixth annual Health Disparities Research Symposium.

The participants included Alexis Cooke and Cynthia Wides, MA and Kristen Hoeft, PhD.

Cooke and Wides are working with Preventive & Restorative Dental Services (PRDS) Assistant Professor Beth Mertz, Phd, MA on a research project describing the changing landscape of California dental services after the recent elimination of most Medicaid benefits for adults.

Hoeft is working with Dental Hygiene Graduate Program Director Margaret Walsh, EdD, MS, RDH to explore the perceptions and possible barriers to providing palliative oral care (POC) in a long-term care settings.

October 11, 2012

L to R: Lisa Chung, Ramya Chelimela, Lee Cai, Stuart Gansky, Ling ZhanResearchers at the Center to Address Disparities in Children's Oral Health (CAN DO) displayed posters at the UCSF School of Dentistry's (SOD) 2012 Research & Clinical Excellence Day.

The participants included Lee Cai, MS and Ramya Chelimela, MS; SOD Assistant Clinical Professor Bahar Amanzadeh, DDS, MPH; and predoctoral student Jolie Goodman.

Bahar AmanzadehCai and Chelimela are working with Preventive & Restorative Dental Services (PRDS) Assistant Professor Ann Lazar, Phd on a research project measuring the use of statistics in clinical trials.

Amanzadeh is collaborating with CANDO Associate Director Judith Barker, PhD on a study of the effects of food, drink, and snack advertisements on oral health in El Salvador.

Jolie GoodmanMeanwhile, Goodman, who is working with Amanzadeh and PRDS Assistant Clinical Professor Lisa Chung on a pilot study of Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA) in school settings, made a presentation on the subject.

Other CANDO posters at Research & Clinical Excellence Day were Orofacial Sciences Assistant Professor Maria Orellana, DDS, PhD (Characteristics of the Orofacial Cleft Defect Population in California); PRDS Assistant Professor Ling Zhan, DDS, PhD (Caries Management by Risk Assessment in Children, Computational Drug Discovery Targeting Acidogenic and Aciduric Metabolism in Cariogenic Bacteria, & Mutacin Genes in Streptococcus Mutans and Caries Status in Children); and PRDS Associate Professor Jing Cheng, MD, MS, PhD (Does bruxism contribute to root canal treatment? & Effect of Povidone-Iodine Fluoride Foam in Children with Active Decay);

Read more here.

October 1, 2012

UCSF Professor Steve Gregorich, PhD, BA took over on October 1 as director of the Data Coordinating Center (DCC) at UCSF’s Center to Address Disparities in Children's Oral Health (CAN DO). Dr. Gregorich is replacing Stuart A. Gansky, MS, DrPH, who recently became CAN DO director.

Read more here.

September 24, 2012

Stuart A. Gansky, MS, DrPH will take over on October 1 as Director of the University of California San Francisco’s (UCSF) Center to Address Disparities in Children's Oral Health (CAN DO). Dr. Gansky is replacing Judith C. Barker, PhD, who succeeded founding director Jane Weintraub in 2010 after Weintraub left to become Dean of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. Dr. Barker will return to her prior role as CAN DO's Associate Director and Principal Investigator (PI) of a developmental project on salt fluoridation.

Read more here.

May 29, 2012

Francisco Ramos-Gomez, a professor of pediatric dentistry at the UCLA School of Dentistry and one of CANDO's principal investigators, was featured in a Sacramento Bee article about the state of California's managed dental care program.

Read more here.

May 10, 2012

Second-year UCSF dental student Iveta Markova, who is mentored by Ling Zhan, DDS, PhD, of the Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health (CANDO), recently won a scholarship to participate in educational and cultural events in China alongside colleagues and students from across the UC system.

Read more here.  
 
May 4, 2012

Predoctoral dental student Jolie Goodman, who is mentored by Lisa Chung, DDS, MPH, of the Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health (CANDO), was recently chosen to participate in UCSF's 2012 Summer Dental Student Fellowship Program.

Read more here.

April 24, 2012

Dental Hygiene Graduate Program Director Margaret Walsh, EdD, MS, RDH, Principal Investigator of the Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health’s (CANDO) Fluoride Varnish (FV) REACH project, talks to members of the Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Class of 2012 about "Current Research in Dental Hygiene" as part of the Jean Poupard Memorial Lecture series during UCSF's first All Alumni Weekend.

Check out the pictures here.

April 23, 2012

Dr. Judith Barker, PhD, Director of the Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health (CANDO), chaired a panel at UCSF Dentistry's Global Oral Health Symposium 2012.

At the same event, Drs. Elizabeth Mertz, PhD, MPA, and Susan Fisher-Owens, MD, MPH, both CANDO-affiliated researchers, led a panel discussion and delivered a plenary talk respectively.

Read more here.

April 19, 2012

Second-year UCSF dental student Todor Stavrev, who is mentored by CANDO-affiliated researcher Dr. Maria Orellana, DDS, PhD, and third-year international dental student Malay Mathur won the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship to Address Health Disparities.

Read more here.

March 21, 2012

Predoctoral dental student Jolie Goodman, who is mentored by Lisa Chung, DDS, MPH, of the Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health (CANDO), recently won an American Association for Dental Research (AADR) fellowship. UCSF students took home eleven out of twenty fellowships nationwide.

See the results here.

March 9, 2012

Dr. Stuart Gansky, DrPH, MS, Associate Director of the Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health (CANDO), was recently appointed to the John C. Greene Endowed Chair in Primary Care Dentistry in the Department of Preventive & Restorative Dental Sciences (PRDS) at the UCSF School of Dentistry.

Read more here.

Five Need-to-Know Tips for Healthy Baby Teeth

CANDO principal investigator Francisco Ramos-Gomez, DS, MS, MPH, was quoted in a great story at NBC Latino about how to keep kids' teeth healthy. Check out the story by clicking below.

Read more here.

February 29, 2012

Almost 200 children attended the UCSF School of Dentistry's annual Give Kids a Smile Day, the largest turnout in the history of the event.

The clinic provides children from the surrounding communities with the opportunity to receive dental services and oral health screenings from UCSF dental students at no cost.

Read more here.

December 5, 2011

Dr. Howard Pollick, DDS, MPH, of UCSF's Department of Preventive & Restorative Dental Sciences, helped pass a proposal at the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) to add fluoride to the water being supplied to county residents.

After Dr. Pollick's testimony in support of the proposal, the water district passed the measure by unanimous vote.

He testified before the SCVWD as part of a team of oral health professionals in the run-up to the vote.

Dr. Pollick also serves as a spokesperson on fluoridation issues for the American Dental Association (ADA). 

Read more here.

November 19, 2011

Dr. Judith Barker, PhD, Director of the Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health (CANDO), recently received the Steven Polgar Prize for the best article published in the journal of the Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA) in 2010, Medical Anthropology Quarterly.

Read more here.

November 15, 2011

Dr. Elizabeth Mertz, PhD, Director of the Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health (CANDO), was recently featured in a story about lack of access to dental care on the PBS News Hour.

Click here to watch.

October 13, 2011

Lisa Chung, DDS, MPH, a Principal Investigator at the Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health (CANDO), chaired oral presentations at the UCSF School of Dentistry's 2011 Research and Clinical Excellence Day.

Meanwhile, third-year dental student Antonio Diaz, who is mentored by CANDO Director Judith Barker, PhD, took third place in the poster category for predoctoral students.

Read more here.

September 6, 2011

The Atlantic Philanthropies awarded a grant of $1.75 million to fund an initiative aimed at delivering community-based, primary health and dental care to middle school children in underserved communities.

Led by Lisa Chung, DDS, MPH, and Bahar Amanzadeh, DDS, of the Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health (CANDO), the UCSF Elev8 Healthy Students & Families program is a joint project of UCSF's Schools of Dentistry and Nursing.

Read more here.

October 20, 2011

Lisa Chung, DDS, MPH, of the Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health (CANDO) and UCSF dental students received the 2011 Faculty & Community Partnership Grants Program Award in recognition of their work providing fluoride varnish and oral health education and screenings to preschoolers in low-income neighborhoods.

Designed in partnership with the San Francisco Department of Public Health, the "Painting a Healthier Smile" project is offered as an elective course to UCSF dental students.

Read more here.

June 22, 2011

Third-year UCSF dental student Kaitlin Jennison, who is mentored by Lisa Chung, DDS, MPH, of the Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health (CANDO), received the American Public Health Association's Pre-Professional Jong Award for helping to institute midday toothbrushing programs at preschools in the Bay Area that serve low-income children.

Third and second-year dental students Antonio Diaz, who is mentored by CANDO Director Judith Barker, PhD, and Todor Stavrev, who is mentored by former CANDO researcher Dr. Maria Orellana, DDS, PhD, respectively will continue the project as Jennison moves into the clinical phase of her schooling.

Read more here.

May 24, 2011

Dr. Stuart Gansky, DrPH, MS, Associate Director of the Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health (CANDO), and fellow researcher Dr. Caroline Shiboski, DDS, MPH, PhD, made presentations at the UCSF School of Dentistry's inaugural Global Oral Health Symposium.

Read more here.

May 14, 2011

Lisa Chung, DDS, MPH, a Principal Investigator at the Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health (CANDO), helped to oversee a clinic where UCSF dental students provided free dental screenings to residents of San Francisco's Richmond District along with Dr. Steven Silverstein, DMD, MPH, program director of UCSF's Dental Public Health program under the Department of Preventive & Restorative Dental Sciences.

Read more here.

May 4, 2011

The UCSF University Community Partnerships Office and Council will provide funding and support to a service learning project aimed at providing fluoride varnish and oral health education and screenings to preschoolers in low-income neighborhoods in San Francisco.

Designed in partnership with the San Francisco Department of Public Health, the "Painting a Healthier Smile" project is offered as an elective course to UCSF dental students.

Read more here.

April 12, 2011


Second-year UCSF dental student Iveta Markova, who is mentored by Ling Zhan, DDS, PhD, of the Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health (CANDO), has been selected for a summer dentistry fellowship along with second-year dental students Antonio Diaz Sanchez, mentored by CANDO Director Judith Barker, PhD, and Todor Stavrev, mentored by CANDO- affiliated researcher Dr. Maria Orellana, DDS, PhD.

Read more here.

March 9, 2011

The National Children's Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF) has named UCSF's School of Dentistry as America's 2011 Toothfairy Affiliate of the Year for "exemplary leadership and outstanding delivery of critical oral health services to our nation’s most underserved children."

Read more here.


01/12/11 - Dr. Jane Weintraub named NYU Annual Student Research Days Distinguished Scientist
Jane A. Weintraub, DDS, MPH, Lee Hysan Professor and Chair, Division of Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health andDirector, UCSF Center to Address Disparities in Children's Oral Health at the UCSF School of Dentistry, has been named NewYork University College of Dentistry's Annual Student Research Days Distinguished Scientist, and will present the Keynote Address on April 15, 2011 at NYU's Nagle Lecture Hall.
http://dentistry.ucsf.edu/about-the-school/news-room/press-releases/2011/01/12/weintraub-named-nyu-annual-student-research-day

08/02/10 - Dr. Jane Weintraub named 2010 Norton Ross awardee
San Francisco—One of the biggest things Dr. Jane Weintraub hopes her research imparts in the effort to decrease childhood caries, is that "dentists in their operatories can't do it alone" and "prevention works."

"I'd like to get dentists thinking about other determinants of oral health," she said. "What's going on with a patient's household and community—things other than what's happening in the dental chair."

Dr. Weintraub's research, which includes studies on the use of fluoride varnish on young children, has helped serve as the basis for scientific guidelines regarding fluoride and has become a part of mainstream dental and public health practices.

For these and her other contributions to advance the science for public health programs and dental practice, she is the 2010 recipient of the Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research.

This is the 20th anniversary for the award, which the ADA presents in memory of Dr. Norton Ross, a dentist and pharmacologist who contributed significantly to oral medicine and dental clinical research.

For more than 25 years Dr. Weintraub has been involved in all aspects of dental education. Currently she is the Lee Hysan Professor of Dental Public Health and Oral Epidemiology, an en­dowed chair at the University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry. She also serves as the principal investigator and director of the Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health—known as CAN DO.
http://www.ada.org/news/4530.aspx


10/14/09 - Dentistry Event Celebrates Achievements in Research and Clinical Care
Among other honors bestowed at the Oct. 8 event, the school paid tribute to its 2009 Faculty Research Lecturer, Jane Weintraub, DDS, MPH, the Lee Hysan Professor and chair of the Division of Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health, for her decades of contributions to improving oral health.

In late December, the School of Dentistry received the largest grant in its history —$24.4 million from the NIH — to fund a Weintraub-led effort aimed at preventing early childhood tooth decay. The seven-year grant will support new programs at UCSF’s Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health (CAN DO), where Weintraub is the principal investigator.
http://today.ucsf.edu/stories/ucsf-celebrates-research-clinical-achievements-in-dentistry/


08/20/09 - CANDO members Dr. Mejia and Dr. Mendoza featured in a local spanishTV show


















07/20/09 - Weintraub to Receive Faculty Research Award
Jane Weintraub, DDS, MPH, the Lee Hysan Professor and Chair, Division of Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health at the UCSF School of Dentistry, will be honored with the 2009 Faculty Research Award for her outstanding achievement in the field of science related to oral and craniofacial health.

Weintraub also serves as director of the Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
http://today.ucsf.edu/stories/weintraub-to-receive-faculty-research-award/


12/18/08 - UCSF receives $24.4 million to fight early childhood cavities
The UCSF School of Dentistry has received the largest grant in its history: $24.4 million from the National Institutes of Health to address socio-economic and cultural disparities in oral health.

The seven-year grant, which is funded through the NIH National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, will enable the UCSF Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health (nicknamed CAN DO) to launch new programs in preventing early childhood tooth decay
http://news.ucsf.edu/releases/ucsf-receives-24.4-million-to-fight-early-childhood-cavities/


12/16/08 - UCSF Offers Insight into Health Care Disparities Research
Dr. Weintraub along with other UCSF researchers from a wide range of disciplines recently shared their work to address health disparities during a symposium
http://diversity.ucsf.edu/news/stories/ucsf-offers-insight-into-health-care-disparities-research


06/25/08 - California Program for Access to Care celebrated its 10th Anniversary in September 2007 and listed its major accomplishments including that CPAC served as a catalyst for improvements in Children’s Dental Care (1998-2002).
Dr Francisco Ramos-Gomez named as "an instrumental leader" in the campaign for children's dental care.
http://www.ucop.edu/cpac/documents/accomplishments.pdf


03/18/08 - Hispanics: The untapped market
http://www.drbicuspid.com/index.aspx?sec=nws&sub=rad&pag=dis&ItemId=300451&wf=34


06/22/07 - CA Assembly Bill to Expand Preventative Dental Services for Children
http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/members/a18/press/2007032AD188/press/2007327AD18PR01.htm

05/01/07 - Toothe Dacay Seen Increasing for Young Children
http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSN3042961520070501


02/01/07 - National Maternal Child Oral Health Resource Center:Knowledge Path:Oral Health and Children and Adolescents
http://www.mchoralhealth.org/knwpathoralhealth.html


01/25/07 - Dr. Ramos-Gomez gave a training session on Early Childhood Caries Prevention in Humboldt County at the Native
American Community Health Center.
http://eurekareporter.com/node/82928


08/30/06 - Fluoride Varnish Application Covered Under Medi-Cal Program for Children under
6 Years Old
http://www.cspd.org/news/message.asp?news_id=330


03/22/06 - Children's Oral Health: Closing the Gaps - 03/22/06 webcast archive
http://www.ncsl.org/programs/health/webcastmar06.htm#children


03/07/06 - KQED's Forum discusses the high incidence of dental disease in California children.
http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R603071000


02/07/06 - Fluoride Varnish Study covered in the New York Times
Dental Health: Fluoride Varnish Found to Cut Cavities in Children

By NICHOLAS BAKALAR

As little as one fluoride varnish treatment a year can cut the cavity rate in half for infants and small
children, according to new research. The treatment is easy to administer and has no known side effects.

The varnish is a fluoride compound that is brushed directly onto the teeth. Researchers randomly
assigned 376 children to receive parental counseling and no treatment, two fluoride treatments at one-
year intervals, or four fluoride treatments at six-month intervals over the two-year course of the study.

All the children, ranging in age from 6 months to 3½ years, had at least four teeth, and no cavities.

At the end of the study, published in the February issue of The Journal of Dental Research, children who
had no fluoride treatments were more than twice as likely to have had a cavity as those who had yearly
treatments, and almost four times as likely to have one as those who had had treatments at six-month
intervals.

Jane A. Weintraub, the lead author on the study and a professor in the School of Dentistry of the
University of California, San Francisco, said the treatment was inexpensive and easy to carry out.

"Other methods are difficult with 1-year-olds," she said. "Dental sealants, other types of topical fluorides
and mouth rinses are all harder to use with young children."

The researchers said they had no difficulty gaining cooperation with the treatment, even with infants.

The original article can be read on the New York Times website at:
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/07/health/07dent.html?_r=2&oref=slogin&pagewanted=print&oref=slogin

The UCSF press release is available online:
http://pub.ucsf.edu/today/cache/news/200601302.html


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08/28/05 - First Smiles training is available online
We are happy to announce that as of today, First Smiles training is available online. The First Smiles
Online Course takes about two hours to complete and is offered in two customized versions, one for
dental and one for medical professionals. To view this new, state-of-the-art training modality, visit our
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NEWS/EVENTS

1/17/13
Director of Center to Address Disparities in Children's Oral Health Voted Great Manager by UCSF Employees

1/16/13
Dental Issues Have Big Effects in Poor Kids

12/20/12
Association of American Medical Colleges Recognizes UCSF for Community-Based Oral Health Project

10/12/12
CANDO Researchers Present Posters at 2012 Health Disparities Research Symposium

10/11/12
CANDO Researchers Turn Out at Research & Clinical Excellence Day 2012

10/01/12
CANDO Welcomes New Data Coordinating Center Director

09/24/12
CANDO Gets New Director

05/29/12
CANDO principal investigator featured in Sacramento Bee article

05/10/12
D2 Markova Awarded Scholarship for China Visit

05/4/12
Students Selected for 2012 Summer Dental Student Fellowship Program

04/24/12
UCSF Dentistry Has Major Presence at First UCSF All Alumni Event

04/23/12
UCSF Dentistry's Global Oral Health Symposium 2012 Resounds Internationally

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