Session Title: March 28 Tulsa OK. A Teachable Moment.
Session Description: Recent infection control breaches provide opportunities to understand outbreak protocols, how to manage complex, rapidly-changing situations and how to better assure compliance with recommended infection control recommendations.
Educational Objectives: After attending this panel presentation, attendees will be able to:
1.Describe the recent event in Oklahoma and the response from the state health department.
2. Identify the roles of state and federal dental public health professionals in:
a.initiating outbreak investigations.
b.managing communications and other key activities.
3.Describe one state's development of a proactive, integrated framework of policies, procedures and regulations to minimize the risk of infection control breaches.
4.List evidence-based and other trusted resources available to assist in prevention and management of infection control breaches.
Kathleen Atkinson: Acting Executive Director of the Better Oral Health for Massachusetts Coalition, a statewide non-profit organization of oral health clinicians, educators, and advocates, state health officials, legislators and other policy-makers, insurers, and medical and dental professional associations that promotes increased access to and utilization of oral health services in the Commonwealth. She recently retired from a 40-year career in higher education administration and legislative services and as an official with the Massachusetts departments of Education and Public Health. Her most recent post was as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry where she coordinated the review, up-dating, and revision of state regulations pertaining to dental practice, including those related to infection control.
Kathy Eklund RDH MPH: Director of Infection Control and Occupational Health, and Research Subject and Patient Safety Advocate at the Forsyth Institute in Boston, Massachusetts and adjunct associate professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She volunteers and works with a number of professional organizations including the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) and the OSAP Foundation, the New England AIDS Education and Training Center (NEAETC), HIVdent.org, and the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA). She has published numerous articles and contributed to several texts and educational learning modules on infection prevention and control and is one of the authors of the CDC Guidelines for Infection Control In Dental Health-Care Settings- 2003.
CAPT. R. Monina Klevens DDS MPH: Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CAPT. Klevens graduated from State University of New York in Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine and obtained an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health staying on for a residency in dental public health. She then joined the CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer and a Lieutenant in the United States Public Health Service. At CDC she has worked as an epidemiologist in the areas of tobacco use, HIV/AIDS, immunization, and hospital infections. Currently, she is the principal investigator for a multi-state surveillance project to characterize viral hepatitis in the US. She is a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and a member of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. She has published on these various public health topics and serves as a reviewer for several infectious diseases journals. Because her work in epidemiology removes her from dental topics, she maintains clinical practice at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center and has worked there part time for the past 18 years.
Jana Winfree DDS: Dental Director for the State of Oklahoma. Dr. Winfree graduated from the University of Oklahoma, College of Dentistry and has since worked in a variety of dental positions including private and public health dentistry, academics, and residential care. In the spirit of continual learning, she is presently pursuing a Master of Public Health degree. As Dental Director, she leads program efforts for community water fluoridation, dental education, tobacco awareness, and dental loan repayment. Through rich collaborative relationships, the state oral health program and dental partners work together improving the oral health status of the state. In her role as subject matter expert she is currently involved in an epidemiological investigation. Dr. Winfree embraces each day as a new opportunity to fulfill the mission of Dental Health Service: "To provide leadership in oral disease prevention, anticipate needs, and mobilize efforts that will help protect and promote good oral health for Oklahoma citizens.”
Don Marianos DDS MPH (Panel Moderator): Consultant in Dental Public Health. He earned his DDS Degree from Indiana University and his MPH degree in Health Administration from Loma Linda University. He spent over 20 years as a commissioned officer in U.S. Public Health Service, the last nine years of which were as the Director, Division of Oral Health, CDC. Dr. Marianos has served as a consultant to the American Dental Association, World Dental Federation (FDI), World Health Organization, Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, American Association of Public Health Dentistry, and numerous other organizations and agencies. He has lectured in 15 countries and written numerous papers, articles, and other publications on dental infection control, HIV/AIDS and dentistry, and dental public health. He has been actively involved with the OSAP Foundation since 1998 and currently serves as Chair of the Foundation.
Session Organizer: Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP). OSAP is the world's leading nonprofit membership association exclusively dedicated to preventing disease transmission and ensuring the safe delivery of oral healthcare for all. OSAP helps dental practitioners close the gap between policy and practice and its members include dental and other healthcare professionals, consultants, researchers and non-governmental organizations, manufacturing and distribution companies, policy makers and academia. For more information, visit www.OSAP.org.