The Center of Excellence Oral Health Conference annually affords the center and the college the opportunity to address issues which impact underserved populations/communities. These issues include:

  • Recent COE conference participantshealth disparities,
  • cultural competence in provision of health care,
  • health policy,
  • health care access,
  • social determinants of health, and
  • diversity in the health professions.

Experts in their respective fields are invited as speakers for these conferences.

We proudly offer this Conference to faculty, staff and students as well as dental and other health professionals from the greater Dallas Community.

The Center of Excellence Oral Health Conference is supported in part by a Center of Excellence grant awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

COE's 2018 Conference

Prenatal Dental Care: The Consequences of Benign Neglect

An Inter-Professional Seminar

Complimentary Registration


Center of Excellence 2018 Conference


Who should attend? Healthcare professionals and stakeholders, administrators, faculty, students, and policy makers.

CE credits and Certificates of Attendance awarded

Saturday, November 3, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Continental breakfast served 
Center of Excellence
Texas A&M College of Dentistry

Previous Center of Excellence Conferences

COE's 2017 Conference

The Impact of Social Determinants on Access to Care, Health and Healing


Conference Flyer

Center of Excellence in recent college news

2015 Center of Excellence conference: Coordinated health care to combat diabetes

October 15, 2015

Despite advances in health care, diabetes — according to the Centers for Disease Control’s 2014 Diabetes Report Card — remains the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S., and the rate continues to increase among some groups based on age, gender, education, income and race. Addressing the roles and responsibilities of each health care… Continue Reading →

Center of Excellence Conference 2015

March 9, 2015

There is no question that a health care gap exists in the U.S., but what exactly determines effective ways to deal with oral health disparities? During the March 28 Center of Excellence Conference at Texas A&M University College of Dentistry, attendees will get a closer look at how oral health disparities are influenced by:… Continue Reading →

$3.4 million grant funds new Center Of Excellence

June 24, 2013

A Center of Excellence to advance diversity in faculty and students at A&M College of Dentistry has been established through a $3.4 million grant to the college from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers of Excellence program. Awarded through the department’s Health Resources and Services Administration, the competitive grant program for… Continue Reading →

Spotlight on alumni: Dr. Patricia Adesanya ’14

September 9, 2015

This Center of Excellence fellow dove into her role as general dentist at a community clinic in central Texas last summer. As she prepares for her master’s research project — and ultimately, a teaching role — she shares more about the hard realities and telling rewards of practicing dentistry in the public health sector. For… Continue Reading →

TAMBCD’s pipeline program making strides for access to education and health care, Lacy tells House committee

October 10, 2014

When Dr. Ernie Lacy graduated from Texas A&M University College of Dentistry in 1994, she was one of eight students who identified themselves as underrepresented minorities. At that time, the group constituted just 8 percent of her graduating class. The underrepresented minority composition of the state was different 20 years ago, as well. Today,… Continue Reading →

Outreach program inspires future dentists

Each year members of the Future Dentist Club visit the college as part of a program that introduces dental medicine as a potential career path. Strains of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” soar from dental student Ryan Trevino’s ukulele at Texas A&M University College of Dentistry as he strolls among rows of intent junior high… Continue Reading →

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Recent Conferences

The Prescription Opiate Epidemic - graphic of the past conference

Diabetes Teamwork Collaboration, Coordination and Control Saturday, October 17, 2015 TAMBCD Hosted by National Dental Association, Gulf State Dental Association, TAM College of Dentistry Center of Excellence with an educational grant from the Aetna Foundation

Conference Video Clip


Photo Gallery from Fall 2015 Conference on Diabetes Teamwork

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