Achieving Social Equity and Justice: A Call to Action of Oral Healthcare Leaders
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Michael Glick, DMD
Michael Glick, DMD, is Professor, School of Dental Medicine, University at Buffalo, State University of New York.
Dr. Glick has authored more than 300 journal publications, book chapters and editorials, and has edited and co-edited 10 books. He is the recipient of more than six million dollars of grant support for scientific and educational purposes, and served as chair for the Vision 2020, World Dental Federation (FDI), and is presently co-chairing FDI’s Vision 2030.
Dr. Glick has served as President of the American Board of Oral Medicine and Dean, School of Dental Medicine, University at Buffalo, and is the immediate-past Editor of The Journal of the American Dental Association.
Deborah Weisfuse, MS, DMD
Dr. Deborah Weisfuse, President of the Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders, has served her profession as the first woman President of the New York State Dental Association. She is presently a Trustee of the New York State Dental Foundation, Advisory Director of the New York County Dental Society, Advisory Board Member of Project Accessible Oral Health, and Board member at Large of the American Friends of the Dental Volunteers for Israel.
She has been elected to the Committee on Annual Meetings of the ADA. Dr. Weisfuse has also had the honor of serving on the Commission of Dental Accreditation (CODA) Predoctoral Review Committee, and has consulted for the Commission nationally and internationally.
Dr. Weisfuse has a MS from Downstate Medical School of the State University of New York and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Her GPR and Chief Residency were at Long Island Jewish Hillside Medical Center, now known as Northwell in New York. She has taught at 2 dental schools, 2 GPR programs and has practiced general dentistry in Manhattan.
In 2019, the ADA conferred upon Dr. Weisfuse the Jeffrey Dalin Distinguished Volunteer Service Award for her work with Give Kids a Smile NYC, the largest program in the United States. In 2020, Dr. Weisfuse was also honored by the Assembly of the State of New York, with a Proclamation acknowledging her leadership achievements. In addition, she has been awarded numerous honorary fellowships within the profession.
Cherae Farmer-Dixon, DDS
Dr. Cherae Farmer-Dixon has overcome barriers in race, gender and academia, becoming the third woman to head the School of Dentistry at Meharry Medical College. She remains one of a few select women to lead in the role as Dean of a superior dental program that produces 40 percent of the nation’s currently practicing African American dentists.
Dean Farmer Dixon has selflessly served in the dental school for twenty-nine (29) years. Prior to assuming the role of dean, Dr. Farmer-Dixon was the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs at Meharry in the School of Dentistry. She sets the bar high for her students and faculty in the program and always works overtime to help them in achieving their goals with excellence. Dr. Farmer-Dixon also proudly serves her country as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve.
The Dean is also an academic scholar who immerses herself in published research activities dealing with oral health disparities, caries in low-income children, community outreach and intervention, and she works tirelessly to address disparities within minority dental school enrollment.
She serves on numerous councils, has received a myriad of awards from students as well as local, state, and national professional memberships in several organizations. Most recently, she was selected to assist and lead a team of volunteers at the COVID-19 testing site at Meharry. Her stellar performance led to Meharry acquiring two other testing sites in the greater Nashville area. The Dean is also recognized by the Nashville Business Journal as one of the 2019 Women of Influence. She is a distinguished 2019 alumna of the Nashville Healthcare Council of Fellows.
Dr. Farmer-Dixon is a native of Indianola, Mississippi. She is recognized as an outstanding graduate of the 1986 class of Mississippi Valley State University. She has also received the following degrees and certifications: Meharry Medical College Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree, 1990, and the School of Graduate Studies and Research Masters of Science in Public Health degree (M.S.P.H.), 1994; Tennessee State University Executive Masters of Business Administration (EXMBA, 2019; the Institute of Educational Management Program Certificate from Harvard University, 2017; and Boston University’s Public Health Residency Certificate, 2014. Dr. Farmer-Dixon is a 2018 fellow of the International College of Dentists, a 2014 fellow of the American College of Dentists, a 2000 alumnae of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program (ELAM) and a member of the American Dental Education Association Leadership Institute 2003-2004 class.