Penn Dental’s Center for Integrative Global Oral Health Collaborating on Sustainable Oral Health Event


Philadelphia – Penn Dental Medicine’s Center for Integrative Global Oral Health (CIGOH) is continuing to move the discussion on sustainable oral health forward, collaborating with the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine on an event October 26.

Dr. Julian Fisher, Director of Oral and Planetary Health Policies within CIGOH, and Dr. Michael Glick, Executive Director of CIGOH, will launch the day’s discussion with an overview of and introduction to sustainable oral health and Penn Dental Medicine’s work in this area through CIGOH.

The day’s discussions will address what sustainable oral health means for education and practice along with a model for sustainable oral health promotion in the community and new dental materials to promote sustainability.

The full program will be streamed for remote attendance with continuing education credit being awarded from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine – register here.

“A key area we will be discussing in the realm of sustainable oral health is how to expand the oral health workforce model through collaborations across the health, social service, financial, and educational sectors,” says Glick, who was among the co-authors with Fisher of a National Academy of Medicine discussion paper on this topic.

CIGOH will be participating in sustainability discussions globally as part of the COP28 gathering that will take place Nov. 30- Dec. 12 in Dubai.  In the three decades since the launch of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Conference of the Parties to the Convention (COP) has convened member countries every year to determine ambition and responsibilities, and identify and assess climate measures. The 21st session of the COP led to the Paris Agreement, which mobilized global collective action on climate change. A primary theme of COP28 will have world leaders taking stock of progress on the Paris Agreement. CIGOH will deliver a satellite event at the COP28 summit focused on oral healthcare and education through the lens of climate change and planetary health.

CIGOH will continue to move this discussion forward at its Global Oral Health Forum II, to be held April 16-17, 2024 in Philadelphia. The overall aim of this gathering will be to continue the work of the inaugural forum, held in  March 2023 in Mexico, by exploring advocacy in oral health through the lens of health policy, economics, person-centered care, and planetary health and fostering global collaborations.