Power of Public Health Dentistry to Behavioral Health & Substance Use Disorders

  • Saturday 1/29/2022
  • Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Course Code: 665SL
  • Cost: No Charge
  • Room Location: BCEC Room 256
  • Credits: 2 CE Hours
Ryan Lee, DDS, MPH currently serves as Chief, Department of Dental Medicine & Oral Health, Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA). In this role, he oversees all of CHA's oral health programs, including its outpatient and hospital-based clinical operations; hospital residency program affiliated with Harvard; community/public health initiatives; academic partnerships; philanthropic programs, and mobile dental services. He trained clinically at New York University (DDS with Honors, 2010), followed by a General Practice Residency at Mount Sinai/Jersey City Medical Center (2011), a Dental Oncology Fellowship at the Dept. of Head & Neck Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (2012), and a Postgraduate Research Fellowship at the Sloan Kettering Institute (2013). His non-clinical training includes public health, economics, and health management from A.T. Still University, Harvard, and Northwestern. Prior to joining CHA, Dr. Lee was Founder and CEO of Morning Calm Dental Management, a dental organization supporting 5 practices in the Northeast and an educational arm called Linkstone Implant Academy. From 2012-2015, he served as Co-Director of the Special Patient Care honors program at Kriser Dental Center, NYU College of Dentistry. Dr. Lee is on the board of several non-profit organizations providing sustainable health projects in the developing world, and is currently a Major (O4), Medical Detachment, Massachusetts Army National Guard, U.S. Army.
Caleb Tam, is the Residency Director and Clinical Director at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), Department of Dental Medicine, as well as a Faculty Lecturer at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM), Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology. He received his DDS and MS degrees from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and completed a General Practice Residency (GPR) at CHA/HSDM in 2019. Dr. Tam has significant research experience in the field of cell biology, medical imaging, and polymer science, having made scholarly contributions to the characterization of mineralized tissues in the form of a Master’s Thesis (Tam et al. 2013) and 2 co-author publications (Grandfield et al. 2015, Wang et al. 2021). He has been a 4-time award recipient at UCSF’s Clinical and Research Excellence Day and has been presented with educational grants/scholarships from the American Dental Association (ADA) Foundation, International/American Association for Dental Research (IADR/AADR), Colgate, Pierre Fauchard Academy, Academy of Osseointegration, and Academy of Dental Materials. Dr. Tam’s research interests have currently shifted towards integration of oral health and primary care, oral health in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), and the “Oral Physician” training model. He has most recently been awarded an Institutional Clinical Learning Environment Innovation Grant (through CHA) and Substance Abuse Pilot Award (through Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers) to investigate methods for improving quality of patient care for local underserved populations.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health the number of adults battling a substance use disorder including alcoholism is 1 in 7. With the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, the addiction community has sounded the alarm for the potential of increased opioid relapses, along with a general increase in alcohol and drug use due to stress and anxiety. With physical distancing and shelter in place orders, many traditional treatment modalities like in person meetings are no longer an option, reducing access and increasing isolation. How are you as a dental provider equipped to meet these new clinical concerns? What role are you comfortable in playing in this public health crisis?  During this session hear from Cambridge Health Alliance dental providers who actively engaged in addressing BH and SUD issues through the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers Oral Health Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Screening Pilot Project.

After this course attendees will be able to:
  • Identify and share models for screening SUD and behavioral health in the CHC dental setting
  • List steps your dental practice can take to ensure patients overall health, including behavioral health
  • Examine what collaboration with behavioral health and SUD providers and facilities looks like, and how can it benefit your practice and patients now and in the future
  • Understand the activities and lessons learned through the SUD screening pilot project
Recommended Audience: Dentist