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Dr. Paul Casamassimo Announced as AAPD Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center Director


The Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is a newly created policy and advocacy body created to inject specialty expertise and emerging science in pediatric dentistry into policy decisions on the state and national level.

 

 

Dr. Paul Casamassimo, College of Dentistry professor of pediatric dentistry, director of the Dental Faculty Practice, and the chief of dentistry at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, has been announced by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) as Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center Director (POHRPC).  

 
"The Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is a newly created policy and advocacy body created to inject specialty expertise and emerging science in pediatric dentistry into policy decisions on the state and national level,” Casamassimo said. “The best justification for the need for such a body is The Affordable Care Act, which mandates oral health care for children but is light on facts and details.”


The Policy Center will work to ensure that the best interests of children will be on the forefront of any policy discussion.

The AAPD is the membership organization representing the specialty of pediatric dentistry. The mission of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is to advocate policies, guidelines, and programs that promote optimal oral health and oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs.
 

“As our country adds more mouths to the health care system, we are challenged to find ways to provide humane, effective, and efficient care to children, particularly to those who are poor and minority,” Casamassimo said. “The Policy Center will work to ensure that the best interests of children will be on the forefront of any policy discussion."
 

 

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[April 2012]