Volume 10 • 2023 • Issue 1

Global oral health status report Towards universal health coverage for oral health by 2030 Global oral health status report Towards universal health coverage for oral health by 2030 In October 2022, the Pierre Fauc ard Academy (PFA) conferred the Elmer S. Best Award upon Dr. Lynn Tomkins, CDA president, at a ceremony in Houston, Texas. The award is the PFA’s pinnacle honour for dentists who reside outside the United States who have made distinguished contributions of international significance to dentistry. Dr. Tomkins is the first woman to receive this award since its introduction in 1962. A BSc a d DDS graduate of the University of Toronto (U of T), Dr. Tomkins was the first woman to serve on the CDA Board of Governors as the U of T representative of CDA’s Council on Student Affairs in 1980. She has been a clinical instructor in the department of oral diagnosis and oral medicine at U of T’s faculty of dentistry, where she received the Dr. A. Bruce Hord Master Teaching Award for excellence in clinical teaching in 2006. In 2015, Dr. Tomkins was appointed to the CDA Board of Directors and served on several committees and working groups to advance the dental profession and the oral health of Canadians before becoming CDA president in 2022. Dr. Tomkins is leading the organization in its mandate as the national voice for dentistry, dedicated to the advancement and leadership of a unified profession and to the promotion of optimal oral health as an essential component of general health. Dr. LynnTomkins, CDApresident (r.), receiving the Elmer S. Best Award fromDr. Lisa Bentley, PFACanadianTrustee and ODApresident (l.). In November 2022, the World Health Organization (WHO) released its Global Oral Health Status Report (GOHSR) offering a comprehensive look at the burden of oral disease and outlining the challenges and opportunities to make progress on the WHO’s goal of universal coverage for oral health by 2030. The report includes detailed oral health profiles (e.g., statistics, maps, graphics) and oral disease comparisons between countries, with the latest available data from the Global Burden of Disease project, the International Agency for Research on Cancer and other global WHO surveys. It emphasizes the global impact of oral disease on health and well-being and highlights inequalities, with a higher disease burden for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged population groups within and across societies. The GOHSR is part of the WHO’s series of data reports and is part of the larger process of mobilizing political action and resources for oral health. In 2022, the World Health Assembly adopted a global strategy on oral health with a vision of universal health coverage for oral health for all individuals and communities by 2030 and a detailed action plan is under development to help countries translate the global strategy into practice. WHO Publishes Global Oral Health Status Report The WHO Report is available at: bit.ly/3CU6ycJ Dr. Lynn Tomkins Receives PFA Award 17 Issue 1 | 2023 | News and Events