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Poverty Simulation: Understanding Social Determinants of Health

One of the most significant challenges facing oral and public health today is the quest to reduce social inequalities in care. Millions of Americans struggle to access dental care due to underlying factors beyond their control. This webinar will describe how the use of a poverty simulation, an experiential learning activity, can improve students’ understanding of the social determinants of health. Lewis Lampiris, D.D.S., M.P.H., will share the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry’s use of a poverty simulation exercise to help students “experience” the impact of poverty on health and health-related behaviors. Data regarding the impact the simulation of student understanding of the challenges faced by low-income families will be showcased. Methods utilized to implement and evaluate these simulations and lessons learned will be shared.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore how experiential poverty simulation promotes understanding of challenges faced by low-income families in achieving optimal oral health.
  • Explore and evaluate various methods that can be utilized to implement a poverty simulation.
  • Develop survey tools that assess the impact of poverty simulation to gauge a student’s understanding of the financial pressures, emotional stressors and challenges faced by low-income families in improving their situation.

CE Information:

The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

An evaluation form is available to participants after the conclusion of the live webinar. To earn continuing education (CE) credit for participation in the webinar, the online evaluation must be completed in full by July 11, 2021. After completing the evaluation, webinar participants can print and save the CE Verification Form.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 0.75 continuing education credit.



All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.