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Improving Pediatric Health through Bio-behavioral Interventions

Improving Pediatric Health through Bio-behavioral Interventions

Friday, May 1, 2009

The New York Academy of Sciences

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Presented by the Children’s Dental Health Project in conjunction with the Global Children’s Dental Health Task Force, Columbia University and the New York Academy of Sciences


It is well understood that both biological and behavioral interventions are necessary to improve childhood health. Common pediatric conditions that hold strong potential to benefit from sound bio-behavioral interventions include dental caries, obesity, diabetes, and asthma. While much has been accomplished pharmacologically, relatively less attention has been paid to the application of recognized behavioral theories to modifying risks for disease and managing disease once established.

This meeting will convene behavioral scientists, nutritionists, social workers, healthcare professionals, public educators, care financers, and policymakers to discuss the current state of the science in early childhood disease management. Furthermore we aim to identify mechanisms to enhance ongoing efforts that reduce important chronic pediatric diseases while improving opportunities for socially vulnerable children to grow and attain normal function.

Scientific Organizing Committee

  • David Albert, DDS, MPH, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
  • Marsha Butler, DDS,  Colgate Palmolive, Inc.; Global Children’s Dental Health Taskforce
  • Courtney Chinn, DDS, MPH, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
  • Burton Edelstein, DDS, MPH, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine; Children’s Dental Health Project, Global Children’s Dental Health Task Force
  • Ernie Garcia, DDS, Hispanic Dental Association; Global Children's Dental Health Taskforce
  • Nancy Gralla, MPH, Executive Director, Children's Dental Health Project
  • Kathy Granger, PhD, The New York Academy of Sciences
  • David Krol, MD, MPH, University of Toledo College of Medicine; Global Children’s Dental Health Taskforce
  • Elyse Maiorini, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine

Thanks to Colgate-Palmolive for their generous support of this meeting.

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For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Dr. Kathy Granger at

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United Concordia Dental

Institute for Oral Health

Delta Dental


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