Francisco Ramos-Gomez, DDS, MPH, MS
Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
Francisco J. Ramos-Gomez is currently a Full Professor in the Section of Pediatric Dentistry, at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); Executive Director for the UCLA Center for Children’s Oral Health (UCCOH); and Director of the Strategic Partnership for Interprofessional Collaborative Education in Pediatric Dentistry (SPICE-PD) Program. During his career of more than thirty years in pediatric dentistry, he has focused on research in the areas of Early Childhood Caries (ECC) prevention, oral disease risk assessment, and community health with an emphasis on underserved populations. In addition to clinically based interventions, Dr. Ramos-Gomez has pioneered protocols in early detection, early intervention and prevention of ECC, and co-founded the Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health to identify the cultural, environmental, workforce, behavioral, and biologic factors associated with health disparities among ethnic/racial groups in order to enhance health professionals’ ability to target children likely to be at risk for dental caries. _x000D_ Dr. Ramos-Gomez is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and former member of the Executive Board of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry and the Board of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Currently, he serves as a team member and researcher on the NIDCR/UCSF- CAN-DO -Center to Reduce Oral Health Disparities in Children and a board member of the AAPD Government Council, the Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Council, the Oral Health Action Coalition (OHAC), and the California State Dental Health Alliance. He also served as the National Head Start Oral Health Consultant for Region 12 and he is a Past President of the Hispanic Dental Association.
Presenting at the Nexus Summit:
Introduction:Caries is the most common chronic (preventable) disease in children. Substantial disparities in children’s oral health and access to comprehensive oral health services exist throughout California and the US. There is still a need to increase the ability of primary care providers to care for the needs of all patients, especially the ones with special needs and address the social determinants of oral health. Action is needed by primary care providers to expand access to quality oral health care and improve preventive oral health knowledge/skills among caregivers. The purpose of the…