Several Members of GSDM Community Elected to American Public Health Association Oral Health Section

APHA-200The American Public Health Association (APHA) Oral Health Section just announced its election results and five members of the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) community were selected.

The new APHA Oral Health Section includes: Chair-Elect Kathy M. Lituri, MPH, RDH; Secretary Cynthia Cadoret, MPH, RDH; Section Councilors Vinodh Bhoopathi, DScD, MPH, BDS and Amit Chattopadhyay, PhD, MPH, BDS; and Governing Councilor Raul I. Garcia, DMD, M Med Sc.

“On behalf of the entire Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine community, I congratulate the newly selected Oral Health Section leaders from GSDM,” said Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter. “Your contributions to the APHA exemplify GSDM’s commitment to dental health as part of overall health.”

The new positions are effective Wednesday, October 31, 2012, the final day of this year’s APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco.

Many members of the GSDM community are actively involved in the Oral Health Section. As it happens, these particular positions are currently held by past and current members of the GSDM community. Kathy M. Lituri replaces Oscar Arevalo, DDS, ScD, a GSDM alum from the Dental Public Health (DPH) program. Raul I. Garcia steps into the position held by Helene Bednarsh, BS, RDH, MPH, an adjunct faculty member at GSDM. Cynthia Cadoret replaces Natalie Hagel, RDH, MS, a former member of the GSDM faculty.

“It’s a testament to the Goldman School’s commitment to public health that so many people from here are active in the Section,” said Kathy Lituri.

Ms. Lituri has been a dedicated member of APHA Oral Health Section leadership for almost a decade. In 2003 she was elected Secretary and served two three-year terms. Ms. Lituri now serves as Section Councilor, a role she retains until officially becoming Chair-Elect at the end of the APHA meeting this year. In 2013 she will assume the position of Chair.

Next year‘s APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition will be held in Boston on November 2-6, 2013. The last APHA meeting held in Boston was in 2006 and included the inaugural Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Public Health Student Awards.