OHSU School of Dentistry Announces New Appointments, Awards

04/14/08  Portland, Ore.

The Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry announces the following new appointments and awards

-- Phyllis Beemsterboer, M.S., Ed.D., associate dean for academic affairs, recently was appointed to the ADA's National Oral Health Literacy Committee. The ADA authorized the formation of the committee as a result of a 2006 resolution from the House of Delegates.

Poor literacy skills can impede dental patients’ abilities to seek out needed health information, and also to process and understand that information in making appropriate oral health care decisions. The 12-member advisory committee provides input regarding policies, programs and interventions related to improving oral health literacy.  Beemsterboer was selected for her expertise in dental education and bioethics.

-- Michael Plunkett, D.D.S., M.P.H., assistant professor of community dentistry, has been appointed to the Oregon Public Health Advisory Board (PHAB). Plunkett is the first oral health care provider appointed to the PHAB, which serves as an advisory body to the director of the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS).

The PHAB advises the DHS director on policy matters related to the operation of DHS, provides a review of statewide public health issues, and participates in public health policy development.

"This is a big deal for OHSU, the School of Dentistry, and our community dentistry outreach program," said Dean Jack Clinton, D.M.D. `64. "That Dr. Plunkett has only been in Oregon a short time and has already made inroads in the public health policy arena says a lot about his ability to build relationships and forge interdisciplinary connections, abilities which are key to boosting oral health care for all Oregonians.”  

The appointment is for four years. Prior to moving to Oregon in April 2007, Plunkett was a clinical faculty member at the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Dentistry and a clinical dentist at the Cabot Westside Health Center in Kansas City, Mo. He received his master’s in public health from the University of Kansas School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas, and his doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Dentistry in Kansas City, Mo.

-- David Rosenstein, D.M.D., M.P.H., professor emeritus of community dentistry, recently was appointed to the National Commission on Vision and Health. The 10-member commission collaborates with experts in science and health policy to ensure informed analysis and policy recommendations in hopes of preventing blindness, improving vision function and eliminating health disparities.

-- Jeffery Stewart, D.D.S., M.S., associate professor of pathology, recently was selected as a fellow of the 2008-09 American Dental Education Association Leadership Institute, a program designed to develop the nation's most promising dental faculty to become future leaders in dental and higher education.  Stewart is one of 21 dental educators selected from throughout the country to attend the Leadership Institute's ninth class. The Leadership Institute consists of yearlong sessions, workshops, and projects highlighting personal and interpersonal development, administrative competencies, legislative leadership, faculty development, and other learning opportunities. Stewart is OHSU's second ADEA Leadership Institute Fellow since the Institute began in 2000.