Accessing Dental Care

Monday, June 28th 2021

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

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Access to dental healthcare is challenging for a number of reasons, including the limited number of dentists who accept Medicaid or patients otherwise unable to pay for dental care, limited appointment availability for providers who do accept Medicaid or offer sliding scales, limited coverage for rehabilitative procedures including root canals, crowns, and dentures, and patients with a history of dental trauma and dental fear. Developing a skill set to successfully navigate these barriers to dental care is essential if you want to increase access, either for you or your patients and clients.


  1. Identify the predominant barriers in accessing dental healthcare that you or your clients/patients are facing.
  2. Describe the dental healthcare system, workforce, and financing landscape in Philadelphia.
  3. Develop strategies to address barriers to accessing dental healthcare.
  4. Understand how advocacy can improve access to dental healthcare for all.

Kari Hexem, MDKari Hexem, MD, Philadelphia FIGHT

Dr. Kari Hexem DMD MPH is Chief Dental Officer at Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers and a general dentist for both adults and children.

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Dr. Mario Cruz

Dr. Mario CruzDr. Cruz is a board certified pediatrician who serves as the Medical Director for our Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center. He has presented and/or published in the fields of community violence and domestic violence prevention, quality improvement, behavioral health, curriculum development and mentorship. In 2019 he received the Greater Philadelphia Social Innovation Award for Innovations in Healthcare.

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