GHS Faculty Affiliate mixer

The GHS Faculty Affiliate program will host a mixer for academicians visiting for the UCSF Global Oral Health Seminar. This networking event will being together faculty from across the campuses, whose focus and passion is in global health.


Guests include:

Laura Spero, MS, MFS, BS,  founder and director of Jevaia Foundation, Inc, running a  community-based rural dental medicine in Nepal. Their model is being replicated throughout Nepal's national health care system. Laura graduated from Williams College with a degree in anthropology and neuroscience, and has applied her interest in culture as a teaching artist in New York City public schools, an oral history facilitator with StoryCorps, and a freelance radio producer. Laura’s work remains focused on storytelling and culturally sensitive, human-rights based approaches to innovation in the developing world.

Benoit Varenne, DDS, MPH, PhD, regional Advisor for Oral Health in the NCD cluster of WHO Regional Office for Africa. He is also the regional focal point for the WHO/ITU “Be He@lthy, Be Mobile” program, a global initiative promoting the use of mobile technology to address NCDs. He has assisted ministries of health, health authorities and planners with a special focus on the African continent. He recently coordinated a collective WHO publication entitled “Promoting Oral Health In Africa” in addition with a new oral health policy for the African region “Regional oral health strategy 2016-2025: addressing oral diseases as part of NCDs”.Benoit is also in charge of the coordination of the Regional Programme for Noma Control that includes 10 countries. In this framework, he has been in charge of the coordination of an international group of experts on noma to develop a new classification and management of the disease stages. This work was concluded by the release of new WHO guidelines to support PHC workers training in countries affected by the disease. 


Monday, March 20, 2017 at 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Mission Hall, 1405
550 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94158

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School of Dentistry, Global Health Sciences


Students, Postdocs, Faculty, Staff, Alumni


Mission Bay

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