Satellite Workshop - Oral Health Inequalities: Translating Research Into Public Health Action

Tuesday, 9 September 2014, 12:00 – 17:00

Over the last 10 years, health inequalities have been at the centre of the public health research agenda. The relevant research has demonstrated the detrimental impact of inequalities on the health and well-being of populations and has shifted the policy debate towards addressing the social determinants of health. The IADR has recognised the importance of tackling oral health inequalities through focusing on the broader social and environmental determinants of health and supported the setting up of the Global Oral Health inequalities Research Agenda (IADR-GOHIRA) that resulted in a relevant Network (GOHIRN). This has been reflected in the Budapest declaration (Mossey and Petersen, 2014). Relatively little work has been done on oral health inequalities at European level and most research tends to focus on specific settings and countries. On the other hand, there is a strong commitment from European institutions towards reducing health inequalities. It is therefore essential at this stage to follow up on the Budapest declaration process, highlight innovative research progress and focus on the next important research and policy requirements.

The overall aim of this workshop will be to record the progress made since the Budapest declaration and highlight areas that research can be translated into public health action towards addressing oral health inequalities. 

Specific objectives of the workshop will be to:

  • Document the extent of oral health inequalities in Europe.
  • Get an in-depth understanding of the economic and social impact of oral health inequalities in Europe.
  • Discuss the potential different pathways and political factors that can influence oral health inequalities.
  • Focus on policy developments at European and national levels that can address oral health inequalities.
  • Highlight the main research priorities on oral health inequalities for the next 5 years and discuss relevant methodological innovations that can facilitate high quality research on the field.
  • Identify research-based public health actions against oral health inequalities at European, national and local levels.


Opening remarks: Background, objectives and expected outcomes. David Williams (Queen Mary University of London)

Oral health inequalities in Europe: a public health problem, Georgios Tsakos (UCL)

Cost of oral health inequalities: economic and societal dimensions, Stefan Listl (University of Heidelberg)

Multisectoral interventions to tackle oral health inequalities, Lorna MacPherson (University of Glasgow)

Using national survey data to inform policy on oral health inequalities, Jimmy Steele (University of Newcastle)

Working groups (WGs) – open dialogue

Reports from the WGs and Plenary Discussion, Chair / Discussion moderator: Helen Whelton (University of Leeds)

Working groups

  1. Research priorities for oral health inequalities in Europe. Chair: Lone Schou (University of Copenhagen)
  2. How should we measure oral health inequalities? Chair: Harold Sgan-Cohen (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
  3. Oral health in all policies: from theory to practice. Chair: Richard Watt (UCL)
  4. Health advocacy and effective communication strategies. Chair: Jimmy Steele (University of Newcastle)

On registering for the workshop, participants are requested to indicate their 1st and 2nd choice for the Working Group they wish to participate in.


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