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Current Position: Executive Director American Board of Dental Public Health. Professor University of Health Sciences, Laos PDR, Co-Director WHO Collaborating Center, New York University.
Curriculum Vitae: Dr. Eugenio Beltrán is a graduate from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima Peru, where he worked in the Academic Department of Oral Diagnosis, Oral Medicine, and Oral Surgery. He graduated from post-graduate training in Dental Public Health, Pediatric Dentistry, and Oral Epidemiology at the Unversity of Michigan. He worked for 22 years at the Division of Oral Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and conducted research on oral cancer, ECC, fluorides and fluorosis, and surveillance methods. He was the subject matter expert for the oral health component of NHANES between 1999 and 2004. Later, Dr. Beltran worked as Senior Director for Sciences at the ADA overseeing the Scientific Information, EBD, and emerging issues. Dr. Beltran has been an IADR member for more than 22 years and held office at the Behavioral, Epidemiology and Health Service Research section. He was also an elected officer at the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. Also, Dr. Beltran has been Director, President, and Current Executive Director of the American Board of Dental Public Health.
Dr. Beltran has contributed internationally as subject matter expert consultant and educator to Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization, and Health Volunteers Overseas receiving numerous awards and commendations. In 2016 he received the Life Achievement Award from the Friends of NIDCR. He is currently co-Director of the WHO Collaborating Center at NYU and the Dental Public Health Program at the University of Health Sciences in Laos, PDR.
Program: September 14th, 2018 (Friday) 14:45 - 15:45 – BALLROOM 1
Title: Dental Public Health and Epidemiological Research:
Providing answers to what works to prevent and control oral diseases. Abstract:
Dental Public Health research (DPHR) focuses on finding answers to question on what prevents
and control diseases, deciding which approaches are more effective and efficient, and evaluating its impact to reduce the burden of oral diseases in populations. To complete those goals, DPHR uses methodological tools from surveillance, epidemiology, biostatistics, evidence-based medicine, program evaluation, health economics, and health service research. In this presentation, I will review the traditional approach of breaking down components of causal pathways in evaluating single answers and keeping others under control. I will contrast this approach with Sussers’ paradigm of Eco- Epidemiology under the objective of providing solutions to complex problems like oral diseases. In addition, I will present contemporary theoretical and practical aspects of DPHR, including Sandro Galea’s concept of “Consequential Epidemiology” and Julio Frenk’s “False Dichotomies” in designing research approaches and on deciding and prioritizing research needs and interventions. Then, I will address the influence of political, social, and global forces in choosing research and the myth of the “research initiated” research. Finally, I will review the education of current and future oral health scientists by defining necessary competencies, as well as what should be part of the undergraduate curriculum in preparing future dental practitioners to evaluate scientific information in seeking answers to common clinical problems.