Location: 1180 Postle Hall, 305 W. 12th Ave., Columbus, OH 43210
Pediatric Dentistry Research: Studying What Really Matters Now
Presented by: Kelly Kelleher, MD, MPH
Vice President of Community Health
Principal Investigator, Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice
Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Distinguished Professor of Pediatric, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Transformation in pediatric healthcare systems and funding for child healthcare delivery are radically altering health systems and especially pediatric care in Ohio. Moreover, payors and the public are demanding better health outcomes for the growing portion of the national budget allocated to healthcare. However, pediatric dentistry has largely been absent from national conversations on child healthcare transformations and measurement, especially in relation to the social determinants of health. I present a rationale for pediatric dentistry as an important participant, a measurement scheme under consideration by national funders, and efforts locally to implement those measures. Critical epidemiology, economic and social science research is needed before pediatric dentistry will understand its full role in these transformations.