Dr. Myron Allukian, Jr., DDS, MPH presented the Health Care in the US from the Public Health Prospective during the Public Health Seminar Series of the College of Health Sciences at AUA on September 1, 2010. Dr. Allukian is an internationally recognized public health expert and the former Director of Oral Health for the Boston Public Health Commission for 34 years. Dr. Allukian received his BS (Psychology) from Tufts University, DDS from the University of Pennsylvania and MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. He served as Chairman of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Work Group on Fluoridation and Dental Health, and the Dental Advisory Committees for Healthy People 2000, 2010, and 2020. Dr. Allukian is a past president of the American Public Health Association. He has 140 publications and abstracts including 18 chapters in books. He has extensive experience in access, policy, vulnerable populations, prevention, education and delivery systems. He was the Associate Editor of the Journal of Public Health Dentistry and has served on the faculties of the Schools of Public Health of Harvard, Boston University, and the Universities of Michigan and Minnesota, the Schools of Dental Medicine of Boston University, Georgetown, Harvard and Tufts, and the Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists. In 1991, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine, US National Academy of Sciences. He is currently the Treasurer of the Northeast Regional Board of Dental Examiners and a trustee of the New England College of Optometry. Dr. Allukian was the Chair of the Massachusetts Statewide Tobacco Control Planning Committee, was on the Healthy People 2010 Tobacco Work Group, the National Dental Tobacco-Free Steering Committee, National Cancer Institute and he initiated the Boston Tobacco Control Program that resulted in the banning of smoking in restaurants and bars.
Representatives of the Coalition for Tobacco Free Armenia member NGOs, Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia, Yerevan State Medical University, and other organizations, AUA students, graduates, research staff, and faculty attended the public seminar.