Closing the Oral Health Gap: Diversity and Inclusion in Dental Education

February 7, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Kim C. D’Abreu, MPH
Senior Vice President for Access, Diversity and Inclusion American Dental Education Association
355 Salk Hall
School of Dental Medicine

The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and Office of Health Sciences Diversitypresent “Closing the Oral Health Gap:Diversity and Inclusion in Dental Education”

Kim C. D’Abreu, M.P.H., is the Senior Vice President for Access Diversity and Inclusion in the ADEA Policy Center. Ms. D’Abreu leads the Access, Diversity, and Inclusion portfolio as it promotes innovative programs and practices aimed at diversity and inclusion and strategies that advance robust and diverse learning environment in dental education. These activities focus on efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, administrators in allied, predoctoral, and advanced dental education programs.Previously, Ms. D’Abreu was the Deputy Director of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pipeline, Profession & Practice Community-Based Dental Education (Dental Pipeline) Program at the Center for Family and Community Medicine at Columbia University. Dental Pipeline is a nine-year, $30 million national grant designed to improve oral health care access for vulnerable populations. Ms. D’Abreu’s work at Dental Pipeline has given dental schools across the United States the tools and resources they need to expand their missions to include the training of a diverse workforce that not only understands the challenges faced by the underserved, but possesses the attitudes and skills necessary to reduce oral health disparities.Prior to her work on Dental Pipeline, Ms. D’Abreu spent 13 years working in medical education at State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center where she designed and implemented a full range of pathways programs aimed at health workforce diversity. She spent her earlycareer at SUNY Downstate developing grassroots community health education programs aimed at women’s cancers and HIV/AIDS prevention programs. Ms. D’Abreu has an undergraduate degree from The Johns Hopkins University and graduate degree from Columbia University School of Public Health.