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The Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center: An Integrated Model of Dental, Health and Wellness Care for Older Adults

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Start : 10:00 AM Pacific
End : 11:00 AM Pacific

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Includes complimentary CEUs

The Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center is a nonprofit, integrated community dental center dedicated to serving low-income older adults in downtown San Diego. The Senior Dental Center links high-quality and affordable oral healthcare with a suite of nutrition, case management and wellness services offered through Serving Seniors’ Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center, creating a one-of-a-kind, integrated community-based system of care for older adults. This web seminar will provide an update on this unique model of care and discuss how to best leverage community resource partnerships to improve holistic care for elders.

Participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • Understand how a holistic and comprehensive model of care combining access to high-quality, affordable dental care with other health and social services can deliver better oral healthcare for older adults;
  • Describe how seamless care coordination between more than 30 nonprofits at Serving Senior’s Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center can improve overall health for low-income older adults; 
  • Explore how community resources can be leveraged to better address oral and overall health and wellness needs for low-income older adults; and, 
  • Explain the collaboration between the Dental Lifeline Network’s DDS program and the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center as a means for expanding the availability of dental services for low-income older adults.  


Paul Downey has served 22 years as president and CEO of Serving Seniors, a community-based organization in San Diego that provides full safety-net services for older adults living in poverty. He is a member of the ASA Board of Directors, Chair of the California Commission on Aging and Board Member for the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center. 


Jenifer Koberstein is the point person for the collaboration between the West Center and Dental Lifeline Network. She has worked in nonprofit management for the past 20 years developing and implementing programs for people who are elderly or disabled. 


Karen Becerra, D.D.S., M.P.H., brings two decades of clinical research and expertise as the CEO and dental director of the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center.

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