AHEAD Symposium: Achieving Health Equity through Access for All with Disabilities




The AHEAD Symposium, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, brought together experts in the areas of health care advocacy, access, and funding at the state and federal levels for people with disabilities. A particular focus was the need to carve out a fair and sustainable funding policy predicated on value to the state. Other key areas of discussion included the family/provider relationship, the impact of COVID-19 on the disabilities community, and the importance of public-private partnerships in advancing access to care both locally and nationally.

The AHEAD Symposium took place online on Friday, October 2, 2020, from 8:45 am - 1:50 pm (Eastern time), via Zoom webinar technology.


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Welcome & Greetings

8:45 am

Charles N. Bertolami
Herman Robert Fox Dean, NYU College of Dentistry

Andrew Hamilton
President, NYU


Opening Remarks

9:15 am

Timothy Shriver
Chairman, Special Olympics



9:35 am 

Steven Perlman
Clinical Professor of Pediatric Dentistry, Boston University;
Special Olympics Liaison, American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD)


Keynote Address

9:45 am 

Neil Romano
Chairman, National Council on Disability


Panel I

10:15 am

Funding and Access Issues

  • Moderator:
    Michael O’Connor
    Executive Vice Dean for Administration, Finance, Development, Clinical, and Student Services,  NYU College of Dentistry

  • Panelists:
    • David Chiu
      California State Assembly Member
    • Allen Finkelstein
      CEO, Bedford HealthCare Solutions
    • Matt Holder
      CEO, Lee Specialty Clinic
    • John McIntosh
      Associate Dean for Clinical Administration & Clinical Revenue Management, NYU College of Dentistry

Panel II

11:05 am

The Family/Provider Relationship

  • Moderator:
    Ronald Kosinski
    Clinical Director, NYU Dentistry Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities

  • Panelists:
    • Jo Anne Simon
      New York State Assembly Member
    • Ann Costello
      Executive Director, B. Thomas Golisano Foundation
    • Karen Raposa
      Clinical Education Manager, Hu-Friedy Corporation
    • Barbie Vartanian
      Executive Director, Project Accessible Oral Health, The Viscardi Center

Panel III

11:55 am  

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Disabilities Community

  • Moderator:
    John Kemp

    President & CEO, The Viscardi Center

  • Panelists:
    • Marco Damiani
      Chief Executive Officer, AHRC
    • Larry McReynolds
      Executive Director, Family Health Centers at NYU Langone
    • Anastasia Somoza
      Community Liaison – Disability, Civil, and Human Rights Division
      Office of NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson
    • Robert Glickman
      Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Hospital Relations;
      Professor and Chair, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery;
      NYU College of Dentistry

Panel IV

12:45 pm

The Importance of Public-Private Partnerships in Advancing Access to Care

  • Moderator:
    Stanley M. Bergman

    Chairman & CEO, Henry Schein, Inc.

  • Panelists:
    • Rick Rader
      President, American Association on Health and Disability
    • Steve Kess
      Vice President of Global Professional Relations, Henry Schein, Inc.
    • Stacey Hengsterman
      CEO, Special Olympics New York
    • Amr Moursi
      Professor & Chair, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, NYU College of Dentistry

Moving AHEAD:
A Call for Support

1:35 pm

Mr. Bergman



1:40 pm

Dean Charles N. Bertolami