A Crisis in Health Equity: Black Men Missing in Dentistry

A Crisis in Health Equity: Black Men Missing in Dentistry

Recorded On: 02/17/2023

In September 2022, ADEA released a special issue of its peer-reviewed journal, Journal of Dental Education, focusing entirely on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in dental education. One of the 23 articles tackled what many consider the proverbial elephant in the room: Where are the Black male dentists, dental students and dental educators? This webinar features the three authors of that article, “Illuminating light in the darkness: Black/African-American men in dental education and strategies for change.” The webinar will discuss the challenges surrounding the underrepresentation of Black/African American (BAA) men in dentistry and dental education and present a rationale for anti-racism strategies to address these challenges.


Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the importance of both mentorship and systems change to guide BAA men into and through dental careers.
  • Assess the need for more direct attention to how dental school humanistic environments support BAA men, commit human and financial resources for program development and use data-driven metrics to assess those programs longitudinally.
  • Discuss the promotion of oral health equity and its demands for more than simply appreciating BAA men’s contributions, but an actionable commitment to creating and advancing opportunities that ensure their success.

Original Release Date: Feb. 9, 2023

Expiration Date: Feb. 9, 2026

Questions? Contact learn@adea.org

CE Information

The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. 

An evaluation form is available to participants after the conclusion of the live webinar. To earn continuing education (CE) credit for participation in the webinar, the online evaluation must be completed in full by Feb. 9, 2026. After completing the evaluation, webinar participants can print and save the CE Verification Form.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 1.50 continuing education credit.

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All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.

Todd V. Ester, D.D.S., M.S.

University of Michigan School of Dentistry

Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics

Speaker agrees that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.

Carlos S. Smith, D.D.S., M.Div.

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry

Director of Ethics Curriculum & the Director of the Pre-Doctoral Practice Group

Speaker agrees that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.

Patrick D. Smith, D.M.D., M.P.H.

University of Illinois Chicago College of Dentistry

Assistant Professor in the Division of Prevention and Public Health Sciences

Speaker agrees that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.

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A Crisis in Health Equity: Black Men Missing in Dentistry
02/09/2023 at 12:30 PM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 02/17/2023  |   Closed captions available
02/09/2023 at 12:30 PM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 02/17/2023  |   Closed captions available
Assessment - A Crisis in Health Equity: Black Men Missing in Dentistry
2 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  2/2 points to pass
2 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  2/2 points to pass
Survey - A Crisis in Health Equity: Black Men Missing in Dentistry
6 Questions
Certificate - A Crisis in Health Equity: Black Men Missing in Dentistry
Live and Archive Viewing: 1.50 CE credits and certificate available
Live and Archive Viewing: 1.50 CE credits and certificate available