The Colorado Academy of Pediatric Dentistry will be hosting our spring meeting on Thursday April 8 at 6:30pm via Zoom. We will be offering a one hour live lecture at no cost to our members, followed by our spring business meeting.

Understanding the role of Diversity and Inclusion in Pediatric Dental Health

Course instructor: Maria Arias

Maria G. Arias is the principal of Arias Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in diversity and inclusion. Ms. Arias advises clients on the business case for Diversity & Inclusion, strategic workforce recruitment, and diversity benchmarking and metrics.

Prior to establishing her consulting practice, Ms. Arias was the first Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion for Comcast Corporation. In this role, she established the company’s first Corporate Diversity & Inclusion department which oversaw the development and implementation of the company’s Strategic Plan for Diversity & Inclusion covering the major operating entities: Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, and Comcast Spectra. The Strategic Plan included five focus areas: Governance, Workforce, Procurement, Programming, and Community Investment, and subsequently, was expanded to include partnerships with a newly established Accessibility Team and the Military Affairs Team established in the Comcast Cable.

She has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Course Content

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s policy on Social Determinants of Children’s Oral Health and Health Disparities emphasizes how important it is for pediatric dentists to learn how to foster a culture of diversity and inclusion in their practices so that children’s oral health equity can improve. This course will examine data regarding caries experience and untreated oral disease in children of various ethnic and socioeconomic groups, and then identify ways that pediatric dentists can improve oral health for all children by discussing strategies to create a culture that is inclusive to all patients, especially those who have special healthcare needs or are from socioeconomic or ethnic groups that experience higher rates of untreated dental disease.

Course Objectives

Contact person: Sarah Villasenor