Burton Edelstein DDS MPH, a Board Certified pediatric dentist, is Professor of Dental Medicine and Health Policy & Management at Columbia University and the Founding President of the Children’s Dental Health Project (CDHP), a nonpartisan pediatric oral health policy center in Washington DC.
Chair, Section of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Director, Division of Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Ahluwalia’s research addresses the complex interplay between oral health, healthcare, wellness and the social and economic determinants of health outcomes in vulnerable populations. She is particularly interested in designing, implementing and testing sustainable models of care delivery for vulnerable older adults. Dr.
Principal Investigator (MPI), NIDCR and Office of the Director, NIH (OD) Grant #R01 DE023072, “Integrating Social and Systems Science Approaches to Promote Oral Health Equity,” 9/1/12 - 8/31/17.
Co-Investigator, NIDCR Grant #R01 DE019615, “HIV Testing in Dental Care Settings,” 8/1/12 - 7/31-2013, 8/1/09–7/31/2012-Consultant.
Principal Investigator (MPI), Colgate Palmolive, “Integrating Diabetes Screening in Dental Care Settings,” 11/01/2010-4/30/2012.
Mentoring - Completed Student Projects:
Jonathan Elmore, Dental Services at Harlem United: Influences on Oral Health Quality of Life, Birnberg 2012
Ryan Lemke, Assessment of Patient Response to HIV and Oral Health Educational Brochure Available at Harlem United Dental Clinic, Birnberg 2012
Carolyn Lubrano, A Survey of Upstate New York Pediatricians Regarding Caries Risk Assessment and Fluoride Supplementation. Birnberg 2012
Selected Peer-reviewed Publications - Three selected citations:
Schrimshaw EW, Siegel K, Wolfson NH, Mitchell DA, Kunzel C. Insurance-related barriers to accessing dental care among African American adults with oral health sympt oms in Harlem, New York City. American Journal of Public Health 101 (8): 1420-1428, 2011.
Lalla E, Kunzel C, Burkett S, Cheng B, Lamster IB. Identification of unrecognized diabetes and pre-diabetes in a dental setting. Journal of Dental Research 90 (7): 855-860, 2011.
Northridge, ME, Chakroborty B, Kunzel C, Metcalf S, Marshall S, Lamser IB. What contributes to self-rated oral health among community-dwelling older adults? Findings from the ElderSmile Program. J Public Health Dent 72: 235-245, 2012. PubMed PMID: 22316102.
Lamster IB, Kunzel C, Lalla E. Diabetes mellitus and oral health care: Time for the next stpe. J Am Dent Assoc., 143 (3): 208-10, Mar. 2012. PubMed PMID: 22383195.