IU Dental School Establishes New Office for Civic Engagement and Health Policy
Three Indiana University School of Dentistry professors with extensive experience in community dentistry have received new administrative responsibilities as the school strives to keep abreast of a community engagement program that has grown both swiftly and substantially over the past decade.
John N. Williams Jr., D.M.D., dean of the IU dental school, has announced the creation of an Office for Civic Engagement, effective July 1, with Karen M. Yoder, Ph.D., M.S.D., serving as director of civic engagement and health policy. A professor of preventive and community dentistry, Dr. Yoder formerly directed the school’s Division of Community Dentistry as well as the statewide Seal Indiana mobile preventive dentistry program.
“The role of the director of Civic Engagement and Health Policy is to promote health policy skills and advocacy among students and faculty and to facilitate local, national, and international service-learning (ISL) programs, secure grant and foundation funding to enhance civic engagement, and serve as a central point for public inquiry about the dental school’s many outreach programs,” said Dean Williams.