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In Focus: Health Care – Oral Health Update with DentaQuest Foundation

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
9:00am - 11:00am PDT
Center for Healthy Communities
1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $100.00
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NEW! Secondary videoconference location added at Tarsadia Foundation in Newport Beach! 

Medical problems stemming from poor oral health—while overwhelmingly preventable—impact millions of Americans from childhood, through our work years, and into retirement.

It’s an often overlooked problem in our region: there are more than 2 million adults who cannot afford dental care in LA County. And, in a recent set of oral health screenings for LA County children, 50% of kids had significant levels of dental decay and urgently needed a dentist.

During this program, our conversation will be centered around the work of the DentaQuest Foundation and their promising funder partnerships to improve oral health on the local, regional, statewide, and national levels. A panel of expert speakers will be moderated by Rose Veniegas, Health Care Program Officer at the California Community Foundation:

  • Michael Monopoli, DMD, MPH, MS, Director of Policy and Programs, DentaQuest Foundation – will share about Medicaid and Medicare, Patient-Centered care, oral health in primary education, measuring oral health, and ending dental disease in children. 

  • Jeffrey S. Kim, Program Director, The California Wellness Foundation – will address improving oral health care for low-income adults and seniors (@jsk_calwellness@CalWellness)

  • Roland Palencia, Director, Community Benefit Programs, L.A. Care Health Plan – will share how safety net providers can start and expand dental service programs, as well as provide oral health education, prevention, and treatment services in low-income communities (@LACareHealth)

Join us to learn more about the exciting oral health partnerships and initiatives happening in Southern California and beyond.

This panel discussion takes place at the Center for Healthy Communities in downtown LA. In addition, it will be video-conferenced to a facilitated gathering at the Tarsadia Foundation in Newport Beach. Attendees at the videoconference location will be able to participate in a peer learning discussion in the room following the program. When you register, please specify which location you plan to attend. 

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Jeffrey S. Kim
Program Director, The California Wellness Foundation

Jeffrey S. Kim is a Program Director at The California Wellness Foundation where he currently manages grantmaking related to improving oral health care for low-income adults and seniors, and increasing educational opportunities for resilient youth. His responsibilities include reviewing letters of interest, requesting and evaluating grant proposals, conducting site visits, making funding recommendations and monitoring active grants. Prior to joining Cal Wellness in 2005, Kim was Associate Director of Development for the National Conference for Community and Justice – Los Angeles Region. Before that, he worked for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center as Deputy Director for the legal services department. Kim was appointed by the Speaker of the California State Assembly to the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs and currently is the commission’s treasurer. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors of Grantmakers In Aging. Kim is a member of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and formerly served on the Steering Committee of its Los Angeles chapter. A member of the State Bar of California, Kim earned his law degree from the University of Michigan and his bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale University.

Roland Palencia
Director of Community Benefits, L.A. Care Health Plan

Roland Palencia is the Director of Community Benefits at L.A. Care Health Plan, a $5.0 Billion entity and the largest public health plan in the U.S. He is the former Executive Director of Equality California, a statewide organization dedicated to achieving equality and to securing legal protections for the diverse gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities of California. In 2003, he was appointed as the Greater Los Angeles Area Regional Director at The California Endowment, the largest private health foundation in California. In 1999, he held the position of Executive Director at Clinica Monseñor Oscar A. Romero, a Federally Qualified Health Center, which primarily serves Central American and Mexican immigrant populations in the Pico-Union and Boyle Heights areas. From 1992 through 1998, Palencia was the Chief of Operations and Vice-President at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a U.S. based international HIV/AIDS Healthcare organization with medical practices in over 20 countries and in the continents of Africa, Asia, Latin America and North America.

Michael Monopoli, DMD, MPH, MS
Director of Policy and Programs, DentaQuest Foundation

Dr. Michael Monopoli served as the Dental Director of the Office of Oral Health for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health from 1995-2001. Dr. Monopoli is presently the Director of Policy and Programs at the DentaQuest Foundation in Boston, MA. At the Foundation, Dr. Monopoli leads grant making activities, coordinates best evidence, community input, and various data sources on improving health outcomes, to design and manage strategies for the prevention of oral disease, health systems impact, and community-based solutions to oral health problems. Dr. Monopoli also works across the DentaQuest Enterprise and with external entities, including federal and state government agencies, academia, other health organizations, and community groups to establish, promote and provide support to partnerships and collaborations that can impact positive oral health policy nationally. Dr. Monopoli is currently the President Elect of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. Monopoli is a graduate of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He received Master of Public Health and Master of Science degrees from the Harvard University School of Public Health in 1988. He completed a fellowship in Geriatric Dentistry at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the Veterans Administration in 1990.

Who May Participate:
Current SCG members and other grantmakers eligible for SCG membership. For SCG eligibility, click here

SCG members: no cost to participate
Non-members: $100 per session

Registration: Be sure to select your chosen location from the online registration options.
SCG members: register online. (You must log in to your account to register.)
Non-members: Register online. If you do not have an SCG account, contact us.

Second Location (Orange County Videoconference):
Tarsadia Foundation
620 Newport Center Drive, 14th Floor
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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