The British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry (BASCD) is delighted to have partnered with the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) and act as the special interest group for oral health. BASCD is focused on oral health improvement, epidemiology, teaching and training, research, dental services, member resources and the provision of member conferences and meetings.
The FPH is a membership organisation for nearly 4,000 public health professionals across the UK and around the world. Its role is to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities and national populations.
Dental public health specialists and oral health promotion practitioners contribute to the broader public health workforce, which is included within the FPH workforce strategy. The FPH has advocated on oral health issues over a number of years. Dr Dympna Edwards, a dental public health consultant from North West England, has served as a board member of the FPH.
This partnership was recognised by the cutting of a celebratory cake by the presidents of both associations during the BASCD Summer Scientific Meeting held in Glasgow in June 2022. The cake was presented by BASCD in recognition of the partnership to honour the 50th anniversary of the FPH.
The BASCD conference theme was ‘Build Back Better: Inclusion, Integration and Innovation’, and included a keynote address from Professor Maggie Rae, President of the FPH, following Albert Yeung’s presidential speech.
Albert Yeung, the new President of BASCD, also presented Professor Maggie Rae with a glass award to commemorate the anniversary. Upon receiving the glass award, Professor Maggie Rae said: “What a privilege to be with you all today to pay tribute to BASCD’s work in the public health family.
“I want to pay tribute to both Albert and Maria Morgan (Past President of BASCD) for their long-standing contribution to the FPH and the way in which they have worked with the faculty over many years. We are delighted to be partners with BASCD.”