New CDH Project Advisory Committee Established and Gathers for Inaugural Meeting

Posted & filed under Campaign for Dental Health News, Partners in Fluoride.

The Campaign is pleased to announce the formation of the new CDH Project Advisory Committee (PAC). PAC members bring expertise and experience that will provide strategic oversight to the Campaign and its activities in the coming year.

  • Jodie Silverman, MPA, Chairperson
    Ms Silverman is a Director of Special Projects with Health Resources in Action, overseeing the development and execution of a variety of public health strategies with particular emphasis on policy and systems change approaches. She currently directs a multi-year policy initiative focused on implementation of community water fluoridation in two New England locales via social marketing and community mobilization.
  • William Bailey, DDS, MPH
    Dr Bailey is currently Chair in Prevention and Early Childhood Caries with the Colorado School of Public Health. He served for nearly 32 years in the U.S. Public Health Service, most recently as the Chief Professional Officer for the Dental Category at the rank of Rear Admiral.
  • Katharine Correll, JD
    Ms Correll serves as the National Director for Youth Programs at National Children’s Oral Health Foundation: America’s ToothFairy, responsible for the successful implementation of the Youth Mentoring Initiative and My Smile Matters: A Youth Movement. With an emphasis on mobilizing youth as educators and advocates, the Movement adds a new, energetic voice to oral health promotion.
  • Emily Firman, MPH
    Ms Firman is the Senior Program Officer for Fluoridation at the Washington Dental Service Foundation, a private non-profit that has focused on funding community water fluoridation for over 15 years. She managed her first successful fluoridation campaign in her home town of Yakima, WA 15 years ago.
  • Matt Jacob, BA
    Mr Jacob is the Director of Communications & Outreach for the Children’s Dental Health Campaign (CDHP), an independent nonprofit based in Washington, DC. Before assuming his current role at CDHP, he worked for the Pew Charitable Trusts, where he managed communications for its children’s dental initiative.
  • Charlotte Lewis, MD, MPH, FAAP
    Dr Lewis is a pediatrician and associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Her clinical work at Seattle Children’s Hospital focuses on the care of children with craniofacial conditions and on children with feeding problems. Her research focuses on oral health disparities and on educating other physicians about fluoride and the importance of including oral health in primary medical care.
  • Jane McGinley, RDH, MBA
    Ms McGinley is a dental hygienist with an MBA who is manager for Fluoridation and Preventive Health Activities at the American Dental Association (ADA) for the Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations. With more than 17 years’ experience in dealing with the science, challenges and strategies surrounding fluoridation, Ms McGinley provides technical assistance to ADA members, key stakeholders and coalitions. Additionally, she facilitates the work of the National Fluoridation Advisory Committee.
  • LaQuia Vinson, DDS, MPH
    Dr Vinson is a faculty member for Indiana University School of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry where she has been involved in clinical and didactic teaching in the pre- and post-doctoral programs and on the Craniofacial Anomalies Team at the Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. She is also on the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Committee for Special Health Care Needs, and the ADA Committee on Standards for Dental Informatics.

The PAC recently held its inaugural meeting, where the group began to develop a strategic plan for the Campaign. They also discussed how members will serve as spokespeople for the CDH and will work to communicate the CDH mission and goals to stakeholders, partners, advocates, and broader audiences. Activities that will benefit from PAC oversight include:

  • Campaign promotion and expansion
  • Materials/resources development
  • Protection and expansion of community water fluoridation
  • Education and support of Campaign partners
  • Inter-professional communication

Pictured from left to right: William Bailey, DDS, MPH; Katharine Correll, JD; Jane McGinley, RDH, MBA; Bill Mass, DDS, MPH, MS, The Pew Charitable Trusts; Jodie Silverman, MPA; Charlotte Lewis, MD, MPH, FAAP; Matt Jacob, BA; Kristen Mizzi, BA, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Not pictured (attended remotely): Emily Firman, MPH; LaQuia Vinson, DDS, MPH