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Karin Arsenault DMD, MPH

Karin Arsenault DMD, MPH

Assistant Professor and Director, Geriatric Program, Department of Public Health and Community Service, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Karin Arsenault, Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health and Community Service, serves as the Director of the Geriatric Program. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from McGill University and earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1994. She received a Master's in Public Health in Health from Harvard University. She completed a Mini-Residency in Geriatrics and Long-Term Care at the University of Minnesota and holds a certificate in Elder Care Law.

She is involved in the predoctoral didactic and community service-learning curricula.

Dr. Arsenault leads the population-based initiative on Oral Health and Aging. This program is an integrated, person-centered model that considers behavioral, social, cultural, economic, and environmental factors. The aim is for students to work collaboratively with other health care professionals, the community, and the patient/family/caregiver to improve oral health outcomes.

Her interests focus on successful aging and improving access to oral care for vulnerable adults over 50 in the Greater Boston area. She is currently the Principal Investigator of the Next50 Initiative and involved with a HRSA grant, both of which address the complexities of oral health for vulnerable and underserved populations using an integrated, interprofessional person-centered model that looks at cultural competence, health literacy, and social determinants of health.