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All oral health care workers should be vaccinated against COVID-19

Joint statement supporting COVID-19 vaccine mandates for all oral health workers (PDF)

2020 Anthony Westwater Jong Population Oral Health Pre-Professional Student Award Recipients

Tooka ZokaieTooka Zokaie MPH, CPH
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Master of Applied Science in Population Health Management Program
Project: Oral health forum, Oral health and population health management in Chicago, IL

Salma ElwazeerSalma Elwazeer, BDS, MDS, MPH
UT Health San Antonio’s DPH residency program
Project: Impact of social determinants of health on human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination among Texas teenagers


2020 Caswell A. Evans Population Oral Health Post-Professional Student Award Recipients

Nora AlamerNora I. Alamer BDS, MPH, FRCD(C)
Harvard University, School of Dental Medicine
Project: Dental care utilization trends among disabled US adults; 2010-2018.


Hesham AlhazmiHesham A. Alhazmi BDS, MS
Harvard University, School of Dental Medicine.
Project: Beyond the mouth: Integration of social determinants of health within AEGD and GPR curricula


The APHA Oral Health Section is grateful for the generous support provided by the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement for the Caswell A. Evans Population Oral Health Post-Professional Student Award and the Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Population Oral Health Pre-Professional Student Award. Students and early career professionals who are awarded receive mentorship opportunities, two years of APHA membership, APHA meeting registration, and travel support to the annual meeting.



This award has been presented each year since 1982 to honor an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to improve oral health in the United States. Its recipients have demonstrated sustained and exemplary accomplishments in the field of dental public health.

Bill MaasDr. Bill Maas is a dental public health consultant, transitioning after 37 years of federal service to serve, beginning in 2009, as an advisor to the dental policy campaign of The Pew Charitable Trusts, an effort to change state and federal policy to improve access to dental care for disadvantaged children, and later to other institutions and organizations with similar missions. He also has an appointment as clinical professor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. Dr. Maas retired from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) after 10 years of service as director of the Division of Oral Health. From 1997-2001, he served as the chief dental officer of the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) as an assistant surgeon general and was a member of the project team that prepared the landmark 2000 Surgeon General’s report, Oral Health in America.

Dr. Maas earlier had provided clinical care in the Indian Health Service and research administration at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Throughout, he has identified oral health data needs of public health programs, and developed and disseminated science-based, policy-relevant information needed by patients, clinicians, health plans, purchasers, and policy makers to make better oral healthcare decisions. Bill has been a member of the American Public Health Association since 1978, and is board certified in dental public health.  His dental degree is from The University of Michigan, with Omicron Kappa Upsilon honors, and his MPH and MS in health policy and management were earned from Harvard University.


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