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Prof. Raman Bedi (left) and Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman and CEO of Henry Schein. (DTI/Photo courtesy of Henry Schein Services GmbH)
Dental Tribune International

By Dental Tribune International

Tue. 7 June 2011

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BOSTON, MA, USA: Recently, deans and vice presidents of dental institutions from around the world gathered at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) for the fifth annual Senior Dental Leaders Program. Dental policy makers, leaders of non-governmental organisations and academic leaders from Australia, Brazil, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, Israel, Laos, New Zealand, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Thailand and the United States attended the intensive six-day leadership program.

Designed to bring together oral health leaders from around the world to develop a global network engaged in advocacy and programs aimed at improving children’s oral health at local, state and federal levels, the program included facilitated networking, effective coalition building, leadership skills building and a review of oral health policy.

Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman and CEO of Henry Schein, addressed the attendees and focused on the importance of forging public-private partnerships to effectively address complex global health issues. He discussed the success of the Bridges to Peace Program—a collaboration between Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dentistry and Al Quds University School of Dentistry—and the launch of the International Alliance for Peace Through Oral Health.

First conceptualised by Prof. Raman Bedi in 2007 at King’s College, the Senior Dental Leaders Programme 2011 was organised by the Global Child Dental Fund, King’s College London’s Global Child Dental Health Taskforce and the HSDM. This is the fifth year that Henry Schein Cares, the company’s global corporate social responsibility program, and Colgate-Palmolive have supported this program.

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