May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3


Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center Updates

July 2017 Volume LII Number 4

Harris Fellowship Recipient Announced

Wayne Stephens, D.D.S., M.B.A., was awarded the 2017-2018 Samuel D. Harris Research and Policy Fellowship sponsored by Preventech at the AAPD General Assembly on May 28, 2017. As this year’s Harris Fellow, Stephens will work with the Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center on a research project focusing on the role and impact of pediatric dentists in federal qualified health centers and present his findings at the 2018 Annual Session in Hawaii.

Stephens graduated from Columbia University in 2010 after completing a dual degree program with the College of Dental Medicine and the Graduate School of Business. He is a former National President of the American Student Dental Association and in 2012, he completed specialty training in pediatric dentistry at Miami Children’s Hospital (now Nicklaus Children’s).

Stephens has spent most of his career working to improve the lives of children. He cares deeply about oral health care equity, particularly for vulnerable children. To this end, he established the pediatric dental specialty practice at Jessie Trice Community Health Center, Florida’s oldest federally qualified community health center. His practice is located in one of Miami’s most neglected neighborhoods, Liberty City. Stephens is committed to advocacy on behalf of vulnerable children, and he seeks to contribute to research that will help inform public policies to improve children’s oral and systemic health outcomes.

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