Integrating Social Determinants of Health Into Dental Education

Dates: Mar 28, 2018
Venue: Noon − 12:30 p.m., Eastern Time
Location: Webinar, Online

The role of social determinants of health (SDH) in the health professions is increasingly gaining attention. Social determinants of health are essential elements toward improving overall health while reducing health disparities. Despite this fact, the collection of data regarding SDH in patient care is episodic. Explore ways to incorporate SDH into your dental education curricula. This free, 30-minute webinar will highlight how one academic health center used an interprofessional, collaborative approach to educate students on the importance of SDH.  

This discussion is a complement to the Journal of Dental Education article, “Integrating Social Determinants of Health into Dental Education Curriculum: An Interprofessional Approach.”

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discover opportunities to incorporate SDH within dental education curricula.
  2. Use the interprofessional team to incorporate SDH when determining treatment.
  3. Use clinical screening to gain insight on the effect of SDH on treatment and compliance with treatment.


Emily Sabato, Ed.D.

Emily Sabato, Ed.DAfter working as an engineer, Dr. Sabato transitioned to a career in higher education, completing master’s and doctorate degrees at the University of Pennsylvania focused on higher education. After several years in the Office of Student Information at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Dr. Sabato relocated to New Jersey, working in institutional research and then began working at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Dental Medicine (RSDM) in 2011, where she has been Registrar, Director of Institutional Assessment and Quality Improvement and is currently Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs. Dr. Sabato works extensively on program evaluation for RSDM’s Health Resources and Services Administration funded programming. 

Kim Fenesy, D.M.D

Kim Fenesy, D.M.D.A former medical illustrator, Dr. Fenesy entered dental school and then specialized in periodontics. After beginning both a practice and working at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Dental Medicine (RSDM) in 1988, she now leads the Office of Student Affairs, including Admissions, Diversity and Inclusion, and Support Services; and the Office for Academic Affairs, focusing on revamping the curriculum and including a robust interprofessional (IPE) infusion for all years. She sits on the IPE Faculty Administrative Council, which has fostered strong collaborative relationships across health professions schools, including the School of Social Work within Rutgers University. Currently, Dr. Fenesy serves as Vice Dean at RSDM.  

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 March 28, 2021. After completing the evaluation, webinar participants can immediately 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 0.5 continuing education credits.

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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.