UW School of Dentistry

Dr. Peter Milgrom to speak on oral health at NIH seminar

Dr. Peter Milgrom of the Department of Oral Health Sciences will be a featured speaker at the Health Disparities Seminar Series of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md., on Aug. 15.

Dr. MilgromDr. Milgrom, who will give a presentation on “Reducing Disparities in Mother and Child Oral Health:  Research Needed to Meet Healthy People 2020 Goals,” was invited to appear at the seminar by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), a branch of NIH. The Aug. 15 session is believed to be the first in the NIH monthly series to focus on oral health.

As the longtime director of the UW’s Northwest Center to Reduce Oral Health Disparities, Dr. Milgrom has been recognized as a leader in this field of research. In 2012, he received the American Dental Association’s Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research, the ADA’s highest research honor.  He has been named Distinguished Dental Behavioral Scientist by the International Association for Dental Research, which also presented him its Barrows Milk Award for his work in public health, including the development of the Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD) program in Washington state. He is Professor of Dental Public Health Sciences and Pediatric Dentistry in the UW School of Dentistry and also adjunct Professor of Health Services in the UW School of Public Health and Community Medicine.

“It’s very gratifying to learn of this invitation to Dr. Milgrom, who has been a great innovator in health disparities research,” said Dean Joel Berg of the School of Dentistry. “I think that having him on the first such NIH seminar program to address oral health is a clear recognition of the UW’s leadership in investigating and addressing oral health disparities.”

The NIH seminars are intended to disseminate information on minority health and health disparities research to the NIH community, other federal agencies and the general public. Presenters include federal officials, grant recipients and scientists from NIH institutes and centers and other federal agencies, as well as national and international authorities in health disparities research.