Good oral health is a critical component of health for adults and children. It not only helps prevent problems like cavities and gum disease but also contributes to overall wellbeing. In California, more than 50% of children in kindergarten already have experienced dental decay, with nearly 3 in 10 being untreated. Maintaining good oral health through oral hygiene, healthy nutrition, and receiving preventive and early dental care can reduce the risk of systemic diseases, improve self-esteem, and support good nutrition.
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Dr. Jared Fine is the former Dental Health Administrator, for Alameda County, where he served the Public Health Department for nearly 40 years. After graduation from dental school at Maryland, he served in the US Navy Dental Cops at Treasure Island. He completed his, Masters in Public Health at UC Berkeley before completing a dental public health residency at UCSF.He is recognized in as a visionary leader in public health policy, program development, advocacy and community organization. He initiated Alameda County’s WIC oral health program, and led Alameda County in the development of its first 5 year strategic Plan for Oral Health. He co-chaired the successful 2016 Soda Tax Campaign in Oakland and served on Oakland’s Advisory Commission for 2 years. Dr. Fine co-chaired the advisory committee to the California Oral Health Plan, chaired the non profit Center for Oral Health for 10 years, co-chairs the Oral Health Committee of the County Public Health Commission. He has served on the Board of the Alameda County Dental Society since 1986 and initiated the development of “California Dental Association’s 7 Year Strategic Plan to Overcome Barriers in Access to Care.”Most recently he has served as a consultantto Alameda County’s Healthy Teeth Healthy Communities, Dental Transformation Initiative pilot project serving as the Dental Health Ambassador.
Dr. Bahar Amanzadeh, DDS, MPH, is a California Oral Health Technical Assistance Center (COHTAC) member and an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF School of Dentistry. She has been the Dental Health Administrator at the Alameda County Department of Public Health where she planned, evaluated, and oversaw the dental public health programs. She is an independent consultant in dental public health. She works with multiple organizations and local jurisdictions to conduct oral health needs assessments, develop community oral health improvement plans, and guide the implementation and evaluation of such plans. She focuses on school oral health programs and dental care coordination and strives to engage the communities to build the infrastructures to combat oral health disparities. Previously, she directed the Community Based Dental Education program at UCSF School of Dentistry. Dr. Amanzadeh has an extensive background in working with underserved communities, designing educational, preventive programs and integrative systems of care in the areas of children’s oral health and school oral health programs, dental care coordination and community health workers, the oral health of pregnant women, seniors, people with disabilities, and those experiencing homelessness, motivational interviewing, and Trauma-Informed Care. She is also a mother, a visual artist, and an intuitive painting facilitator.