Beyond advocacy to action for oral health: the key role of Civil Society.

Peter Mossey (Lead / Corresponding author), Deborah Weisfuse (Lead / Corresponding author), Benoit Varenne , Lois Cohen, Andrea Rodriguez

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TITLE: “Beyond advocacy to action for oral health: the key role of Civil Society”
Civil Society and the importance of the public voice features strongly in the WHO Global Oral Health Action Plan (2023-2030). Under the banner of strategic objective 6, “Oral health research agendas” there are 3 actions that challenge the Oral Health Profession like never before.
Action 92 is a powerful statement calling on the profession to “conduct participatory research to identify oral health needs and interventions” and advises that when considering interventions for inclusion in essential oral healthcare packages and universal health coverage (UHC), we enlist the participation of diverse community members, including patients, people living with oral diseases, and people who are poor, vulnerable or disadvantaged.
It goes further to advocate the establishment of patient-public panels for prioritisation of studies, design and management of research, data collection, analysis, reporting and dissemination of findings. As researchers we should also evaluate different social participation and community engagement approaches to improve oral health.
Actions 90 and 91 are calls to involve a complete array of stakeholders: academia, research institutions, professional associations, government, but also community representatives and patients, aspects often omitted from our research deliberations. Such an oral health research alliance or Task Force would provide the best forum for implementation research and ensure alignment with national oral health priorities.
This Workshop will be designed to go beyond advocacy and formulate a research action plan that will firmly establish the place of civil society in reshaping the future of the Dental profession, as this cannot be successfully achieved without the public voice.

Organisers : Peter Mossey/ Deborah Weisfuse

Key words : Civil society, public voices, participatory research

Sponsorship : Global Oral Health Inequalities Research Network (GOHIRN)

Chair Moderator : Lois Cohen, NIDCR, Bethesda, NY USA

Presenters and Workshop Chairs:

Benoit Varenne (WHO, Oral Health), Lois Cohen (NIDCR) and Andrea Rodriguez (Brazil).
Speaker Titles for short presentations:
Benoit: “WHO need research to demonstrate that oral health is a public good”
Andrea: “Access to the public voices of those hardest to get”
Lois: “The role of social will in reinforcing research evidence to change policy”

TOTAL Time: 90 minutes

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2023
Event2023 IADR Conference Colombia - Bogota, Colombia
Duration: 21 Jun 202324 Jun 2023


Conference2023 IADR Conference Colombia
Abbreviated titleIADR 2023
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