TASK FORCE ON ORAL HEALTH IN MARYLAND

Co-Chair: Alexander Shekhdar, J.D., designee of Deputy Secretary, Public Health Services, Maryland Department of Health
Co-Chair: Mark A. Reynolds, D.D.S., designee of Dean, University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Appointed by Task Force Co-Chairs: Sarah L. Czyz; Diane D. Romaine, D.M.D.; Dean Shifflett; Nicole Steck-Waitt; Brooks Woodward, D.D.S.

Appointed by State Board of Dental Examiners: Arpana S. Verma, D.D.S.

Appointed by Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council: Christy M. Russell

Appointed by Advocates for Children & Youth: Anna L. Davis, J.D.

Appointed by Maryland Alliance for the Poor: M. J. Kraska

Appointed by Maryland Association of Community Colleges: Jean J. Carlson, Ph.D.

Appointed by Maryland Dental Action Coalition: Mary Backley

Appointed by Maryland Dental Hygienists' Association: Jennifer Anne Suminski

Appointed by Maryland Dental Society: Ricardo C. Kimbers, D.D.S.

Appointed by Maryland MCO Association: Jennifer L. Briemann

Appointed by Maryland Rural Health Association: Carol M. Masden

Appointed by Maryland State Dental Association: Charles A. Doring, D.D.S.

Ex officio: Emily A. Dow, Ph.D., designee of Secretary of Higher Education; Debony R. Hughes, D.D.S., Director, Office of Oral Health, Maryland Department of Health; Hakan Koymen, D.D.S., Director, Maryland Healthy Smiles Dental Program.


[photo, Herbert R. O'Conor State Office Building, 201 West Preston St., Baltimore, Maryland] Staff: Ellen Dalina

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201 West Preston St., 2nd floor, Baltimore, MD 21201
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e-mail: ellen.dalina@maryland.gov

Herbert R. O'Conor State Office Building, 201 West Preston St., Baltimore, Maryland, October 2019. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


Interim Report to Governor, Senate Education, Health, & Environment Committee, Senate Finance Committee & House Health & Government Operations Committee due May 1, 2022 (Chapters 599 & 600, Acts of 2021).

Final Report to Governor, Senate Education, Health, & Environment Committee, Senate Finance Committee & House Health & Government Operations Committee due December 1, 2022 (Chapters 599 & 600, Acts of 2021).


In July 2021, the Task Force on Oral Health in Maryland was established by the General Assembly (Chapters 599 & 600, Acts of 2021).

The Task Force is charged with analyzing current access to dental services for all Marylanders and whether factors such as socioeconomic status, race, age, ethnicity or disability affect that access. Further, the Task Force will identify what areas in the State lack oral health care services, broken down by pediatric or adult services, and what the barriers are in those areas to dental care. The specific impact of each identified barrier will be analyzed by the Task Force, and options to removing those barriers assessed. Finally, the Task Force will make recommendations on how to increase access to dental care in Maryland.

Authorization for the Task Force ends June 30, 2023.

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