2021 Conference Speakers

Biographies & Resources

Betsy Bray, RDH, BS- Director, Health Affairs, New York State Dental Association


Betsy Bray is Director of Health Affairs for the NYS Dental Association. Having earned a Bachelors’ Degree in Health and Human Service from Empire State College, Betsy has a broad range of over 30 years of clinical experience in the field of dental hygiene, as well as extensive independent work as a practice development consultant, a continuing education presenter, and an oral health coordinator. Betsy has been published and featured in RDH magazine on issues pertaining to school-based health and access to care for children.

Program Information

New Tools for Navigation will allow participants to understand how oral health impacts overall health and the existing disparities within underserved communities.  A new workforce model; Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) will be introduced.  And a review of how tele-dentistry and technology is changing the landscape by assisting with oral health literacy, ED utilization rates and health home establishment.

Action for Dental Health (ADA) Community Dental Health Coordinator

Action for Dental Health (ADA) Community Dental Health Coordinator Program Overview

Leah Carpenter, DMD
Bassett Healthcare Network


Leah Carpenter has been a School Based dentist with Bassett Healthcare Network since 2013, and chief of their Dental Services department since 2016.

Program Information

Bassett’s School Based dental program employs 4 hygienists, 1 dentist, and one dental assistant. It serves approximately 2,200 students K-12 in a 3 county region in rural central New York.

Paul Glassman, DDS, MA, MBA
California Northstate University


Dr. Paul Glassman is the Associate Dean for Research and Community Engagement at the College of Dental Medicine at California Northstate University in Elk Grove, CA and Professor Emeritus at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni, School of Dentistry in San Francisco, CA. He has served on many national panels including the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Committee on Oral Health Access to Services which produced the IOM report on Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations.

Program Information

Teledentistry: New Era for Oral Health. There has been increasing interest over the last several years in using teledentistry systems to reach people who are not having regular dental care. The COVID Pandemic has accelerated this interest. This program will provide an overview of the development of teledentistry in the oral health industry, specific recommendations for staying in touch with patients and proving dental care in the current environment, and considerations for using teledentistry to enhance dental practices as we move into the post-COVID world.

Expanding Oral Health: Teledentistry

Teledentistry: Rules

Michele Griguts, DDS Dental Director, Division of Medical and Dental Directors, Office of Health Insurance Programs,
New York State Department of Health


Dr. Michele Griguts is the Dental Director for the Division of Medical and Dental Directors within the New York State Department of Health’s Office of Health Insurance Programs. She started this position in September of 2017 after seventeen years of practicing dentistry in an Article 28 facility located in Albany, New York where she provided dental care to the special needs population. The Division’s dental team focuses on policies that strengthen the oral health of New York Medicaid members, especially children, and works to promote access to dental services.

Richard Niederman, DMD
Department of Epidemiology & Health Promotion at New York University College of Dentistry
Director of the WHO Collaborating Center.


Dr. Richard Niederman is a professor and chair, Department of Epidemiology & Health Promotion at New York University College of Dentistry, and Director of the WHO Collaborating Center. He graduated magna cum laude and received his periodontal specialty training from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.  He received certificate training in Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford University. He co-founded the journal Evidence-Based Dentistry, co-authored the book Evidence-based Dentistry, and more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles. 

Over the last 15 years, he developed and implemented CariedAway, a school-based, aerosol-free caries prevention and treatment program.  The program reduces caries by 50% by bringing care to kids rather than kids to care. CariedAway is supported by the NIH, PCORI, Medicaid and foundations. Programs are currently running in urban New York and rural New Hampshire. He previously worked in urban Boston, and rural Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, and Maine.  He has also collaborated on programs in Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia.

Jean Moore, DrPHP, FAAN
Director of the New York Center for Health Workforce Studies at the School of Public Health, SUNY Albany


Dr. Jean Moore is the Director of the New York Center for Health Workforce Studies (the Center) at the School of Public Health, State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany. She serves as the Principal Investigator for two Cooperative Agreements funded by the Health Resources and Services   Administration, the Oral Health Workforce Research Center and the Health Workforce Technical Assistance Center.

Dr. Moore has worked as a health workforce researcher for more than 20 years and has served as director of the Center  for over 15 years.  Her experience as a researcher and a leader has allowed her to make substantive and sustained contributions both nationally and internationally through the generation, synthesis and dissemination of data and research on the health workforce.  

Dennis G. Johnson
Managing Director for Strategy & Evaluation, Mother Cabrini Health Foundation


Dennis Johnson is Managing Director for Strategy and Evaluation at Mother Cabrini Health Foundation. Prior to that he was executive vice president for government affairs at Children's Health Fund and policy director at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. In his twenty-seven years at Children’s Health Fund, Mr. Johnson also served as vice president of external affairs and interim director of the Fund's national network of mobile-based pediatric programs.

 Prior to his tenure at The Children's Health Fund, Mr. Johnson was a senior program officer at the Fund for New York City Public Education and a research analyst at the Public Policy Institute of the Business Council of New York State.

Mr. Johnson received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his Master's Degree in Political Management from the Graduate School of Political Management at Baruch College.