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Public Health

Health Disparities & Health Equity & Social Justice


Understanding and connecting STEAM and social justice to solve community problems is at the core of Our Future Is Science initiatives. Dr. Eleanor Fleming, MPH Assistant Dean, DEI University of Maryland School of Dentistry DDS, is working to connect health disparities and social justice.

In a November 30th talk, Dr. Eleanor Fleming discussed how she is working to promote and advance health equity among minority communities through data and research.

Dr. Eleanor Fleming is an Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Dental Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. Dr. Eleanor Fleming, PhD, DDS, MPH, FICD, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health. She earned her dental degree from Meharry Medical College, completed her dental public health residency at Boston University, and earned her PhD from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Eleanor Fleming completed additional post-graduate training as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, where she investigated disease outbreaks and conducted studies to promote health equity. Her current research focuses on workforce development and research methodologies centered on structural racism and health equity. Over the course of her career, she has developed subject matter expertise on infectious and chronic disease epidemiology and previously served as the dental epidemiologist overseeing the Oral Health Component of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. She has been the principal investigator on a number of studies and has informed public health surveillance at state, national, and international levels. She holds leadership positions in the American Association of Public Health Dentistry and the American Public Health Association, where she completed a term on the APHA Science Board; she was also actively involved in the National Dental Association, serving on its Coronavirus Task Force.

The Community Talk Series is a platform to expose individuals to diverse careers, as well as information, insights, and perspectives on the intersections of STEAM disciplines and social justice issues.

This event is organized by Our Future Is Science, an initiative of the Aspen Institute Science & Society Program.

Event information
Thu Nov 30, 2023 - Wed Feb 15, 2023
8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT