Using Data to Impact Oral Health Policy: What Policymakers Want to Know

This webinar will provide an overview of how to use data to promote oral health legislation and policy, when engaging federal legislators, administration officials and policymakers.  The webinar will highlight the kinds of actions that these groups can take (e.g., regulation, legislation, administrative action) and how they use data to inform decision-making and program evaluation. The webinar will highlight how oral health champions can prepare to interact with these individuals.

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March 22, 2018

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About the Speaker(s)

Marcia K. Brand, Ph.D. is a Senior Advisor to the DentaQuest Foundation and a consultant and advisor on matters related to access to oral and rural health care.  From 2009 until 2015, Dr. Brand was the Deputy Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a

n Agency within the US Department of Health and Human Services that works to fill in the gaps for people who live outside the economic and medical mainstream.  The Agency uses its $10 billion annual budget to expand access to quality health care in partnership with health care providers and health professions training programs.

From 2007-2009, Brand was associate administrator of HRSA’s Bureau of Health Professions, where she provided national leadership in the development, distribution and retention of a diverse, culturally competent health workforce that provides high-quality care.

From 2001-2007, Brand was director and associate administrator of HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy.  In that position, she was responsible for health policy, research and grant activities that promote better health care services in rural America.

In previous federal appointments, she lead efforts to plan and implement the State Planning Grant Program, which helped states explore options for providing health care coverage for uninsured residents, and coordinated HRSA’s efforts to implement the Children’s Health Insurance Program.  As senior advisor to the deputy assistant secretary for health, Brand worked on the Secretary’s Initiative on the Future of Academic Health Centers.

Brand worked in the US Senate as a legislative assistant, and held academic appointments in the dental hygiene departments at Thomas Jefferson University and Old Dominion University.

Brand earned a doctoral degree in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master and bachelor of science degrees in dental hygiene from Old Dominion University.