Laura Clendaniel

9th Annual Symposium on the Status of Children’s Health

Healthier Kids Foundation is hosting its 9th Annual Symposium on the Status of Children’s Health on May 29th  from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the Santa Clara County Office of Education, 1290 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, California.  This year’s Symposium will focus on current data relative to children’s health in our community.

About the Speakers:

Keynote Speaker: Paul Glassman, DDS, MA, MBA

Dr. Paul Glassman is Professor of Dental Practice, Director of Community Oral Health, and Director of the Pacific Center for Special Care at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni, School of Dentistry in San Francisco.  He is also Director of the California Statewide Task Force on Oral Health for People with Disabilities and Aging Californians.  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.

Dr. Glassman has had many years of dental practice experience treating patients with complex conditions and has published and lectured extensively in the areas of Hospital Dentistry, Dentistry for Patients with Special Needs, Dentistry for Individuals with Medical Disabilities, Dentistry for Patients with Dental Fear, Geriatric Dentistry, and Oral Health Systems reform.  He has a long career working with special populations in a variety of practice and community settings.  Dr. Glassman has been PI or Co-PI on over $30 million in grants and contracts over the last 30 years devoted to community-service demonstration and research programs designed to improve oral health for people with disabilities and other underserved populations.

Finally Dr. Glassman has been prominent in advocacy efforts on a state and national level for health system reform to improve oral health systems for a wide variety of underserved groups.

Dowell Meyers, PhD

Dowell Myers is a professor of policy, planning, and demography in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. Professor Myers is a specialist in demographic trends and their relation to all areas of policy and planning. He is a leading expert on the California and the U.S. populations. Dr. Myers’s work emphasizes the current generational transition underway between the aging baby boomers, who are beginning to retire, and a younger, more diverse generation now being educated to replace them in the work force, among the taxpayers, and in the housing market.  His recent study for the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health focused on the “doubled importance” of children in the post-Great Recession era. Dr. Myers is the author of the award-winning book Immigrants and Boomers: Forging a New Social Contract for the Future of America. He holds his PhD from MIT, a Master of City Planning from UC-Berkeley, and a BA in anthropology from Columbia University. Many of Dr. Myers’s publications are available at

Jessica Ray, RDH, DMD 

Ray is a general dentist at Children’s Dental Center and has worked in the East San Jose clinic since it opened in 2008 and helped facilitate the opening of a second clinic in Sunnyvale in 2011. Ray is a supervising dentist and adjunct faculty member at Cabrillo College, instructing students in the Dental Hygiene program. Ray earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health. She is board certified in oral conscious sedation, and holds a certificate in Public Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Ray has provided dental care in remote areas like the Hopi Indian Reservation in Northern Arizona and the isolated arctic villages of the Inupiat on Alaska’s North Slope.  She believes that all children should have access to comprehensive health care, and volunteers to provide dental health screenings and education in her own community.

Stephen Black

Black, grandson of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black, grew up in New Mexico after most of his family left the state in the 1950’s and 60’s following his grandfather’s role in controversial Civil Rights decisions, including Brown v. Board of Education. Black received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School in 1997. After three years of practicing law, he turned his focus to founding and leading the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at The University of Alabama, where he has served as Director since 2004. In 2004, Mr. Black also founded Impact Alabama and currently serves as its President and Chairman of the Board. Impact Alabama is an award-winning nonprofit that has provided more than 6,300 college students and 150 recent graduates the opportunity to participate in structured service projects designed to promote learning and leadership development. In 2008, Black received the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders Award for his work with FocusFirst. In 2013, Black was asked by Chancellor Robert E. Witt to serve as Special Advisor to The University of Alabama Chancellor for Outreach and Community Engagement.

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