Assistant Surgeon General to Give Keynote Address at Oral Health Day 2021

June 28, 2021

CARY—The North Carolina Oral Health Collaborative (NCOHC) has announced that Assistant Surgeon General Dr. Timothy L. Ricks will give the keynote address at their annual event, Oral Health Day, on July 21, 2021. RADM Ricks is scheduled to discuss the state of oral health, inequities and barriers facing Americans, COVID-19’s impact on care, and opportunities for innovation in his address.

“We are incredibly excited to have a national figure like Assistant Surgeon General Ricks join us for Oral Health Day this year,” said Dr. Zachary Brian, NCOHC’s director. “Rear Admiral Ricks is a tireless champion for oral health for our nation’s most underserved populations, and his voice will underscore the importance of the policy agenda we’ve set forth for 2021 and beyond.”

In addition to serving as Assistant Surgeon General, Rear Admiral Ricks is the Chief Dental Officer of the U.S. Public Health Service, where he has worked in various roles for 21 years.

Oral Health Day is an annual event hosted by NCOHC, a program of the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation. The event features speakers with expertise in innovative approaches to improve equity and access to oral health care. 

The July 21st event will be held virtually from 10 a.m. to noon and is free of charge. Anyone interested in attending can register at

About FHLI’s North Carolina Oral Health Collaborative
The North Carolina Oral Health Collaborative (NCOHC), a program of the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation, works to advance systems-level changes, improving the overall health and well-being of all North Carolinians by increasing access and equity to oral health care. NCOHC seeks to influence policy, and through collaboration, listening, and knowledge-sharing, NCOHC works to provide maximum impact in achieving optimal oral health care for all North Carolina communities. 


For more information, contact:
Marni Schribman, Director of Communications & Public Relations
Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation