Shenam Ticku, BDS, MPH
Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Shenam Ticku is an Instructor in the Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She is conducting research on behalf of the HSDM Initiative on Integrating Oral Health and Medicine and the Office of Global and Community Health, contributing to the development of a policy framework for integrating oral health benefits, collaborating on work underway with advocacy groups; and engaging in demonstration projects of new modes of oral health delivery. Dr. Ticku graduated with an MPH in health policy from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public health and also holds a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:
In 2000, the Surgeon General’s landmark report on ‘Oral Health in America’ prompted a sense of urgency for primary care education to increase provider understanding, skills, and ownership of oral health (OH) care. Primary care clinicians including physicians, PAs, nurses, pharmacists, and dental professionals are now working to embed oral health and interprofessional practice competencies across their education programs. The ultimate goal is to equip the health care workforce with the knowledge and skills required by new integrated holistic healthcare models to include oral health. The…