Digital Grand Rounds series to explore issues of equity and justice in dentistry

Digital Grand Rounds

A series of webinars held by the School of Dentistry’s Continuing Dental Education department will examine dental research and practice in the context of key diversity, equity and justice issues. The free series, open to the public, will host three webinars throughout the Spring semester. 

Now in its fourth year, Digital Grand Rounds brings dental professionals together virtually to discuss contemporary topics as a community of experts. The series makes up one component of the School of Dentistry’s commitment to continuing education for alumni and the greater community.  

This year, the interdisciplinary series seeks to focus specifically on fostering meaningful conversations and trainings that shift our mindsets, behaviors and practices toward diverse, equitable, and inclusive oral health care.

The three 2021 webinars will examine inclusive practices and solutions to health disparities in LGBTQ+, Native American, and Black communities in Minnesota and beyond. Each event begins with a lecture at 7:00 p.m., followed by a question and answer session concluding at 8:30 p.m.

Creating an Inclusive Dental Practice for LGBTQ+ Patients
January 20, 2021 

Moderated by Tyler Winter, dental health advocate, a panel of healthcare providers will share how they’ve created LGBTQ+ inclusive spaces within their  fields. You’ll learn what makes a healthcare practice a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community, explore how the use of pronouns impacts care relationships between patients and providers, and update your own approach to LGBTQ+ patient communication and care. 

Panelists include Jay Callahan, therapist at Elite Family Services; Dylan Karsten, director of health services programs and innovations at Planned Parenthood; Yvon Lonning, mental health clinician at Boynton Health; and Coralie Pederson, nurse practitioner at the Transgender Health Clinic and Boynton Health. 

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Leading Health-focused Mentoring and Momentum Within the North Neighborhood of Minneapolis: The Ladder
February 24, 2021 

Renee Crichlow, MD, assistant professor of family medicine and community health at the University of Minnesota’s Medical School, will share her experience working with a team of Black providers to create a young people-centered mentorship program to advance healthcare in Minneapolis’s North Neighborhood. You’ll learn how teams of health innovators can make real, meaningful change, examine a sustainable, long-term approach to health-centered youth mentoring, and understand what it means to be part of a community-centered health care engagement team. 

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Repairing the Oral Health Safety Net for Native American Families
March 31, 2020  

Emily Pietig, DDS, dental director of the Native American Community Clinic, will share the injustice inherent in our health systems toward Native Americans and discuss how we can work to create a community-centered approach to oral health care and better overall health. You’ll gain an understanding of the landscape of oral health care in Native American communities and learn how you can impact your own practice and beyond by building a gateway to better health in underserved communities. 

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Learn more about each of the three events in the Digital Grand Rounds series, including speaker bios, and get to know other opportunities for Continuing Dental Education at