Dr. Asim Al-Ansari
DDS (Boston), MSc Dental Sciences (Sweden); Associate Professor-Dental Public Health, Vice Dean-Academic Affairs, Supervisor General-Center for Quality of Assessment & Examination, College of Dentistry, Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University, Dammam; Adjunct Assistant Professor-School of Dental Medicine, Boston University
Academic Sector and Dental Public Health: Challenges and Future Perspectives.
Saudi Arabia faces many challenges to achieve optimal oral health outcomes and universal access to oral health care for children and adults. There is a need for concerted efforts among oral health care stakeholders where roles are complemented and benefits are augmented. The academic sector, represented by 23 dental schools all over the country, has the potential to positively contribute towards improving oral health through structured and coordinated efforts. This presentation will shed some light on the experience of the College of Dentistry, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University in Dammam. A brief overview is given about the situation regarding systematic data collection for needs assessment in areas surrounding the college in addition to providing preventive services and primary care to underserved population in neighboring communities through academic curricular activities and volunteering extracurricular activities. A call for intra and intersectoral collaboration for better oral health is made at the end of the presentation.