Anita Duhl Glicken Joins the NIIOH as Development Consultant


6 March 25, 2012— The  National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health (NIIOH), a consortium of funders and health professionals dedicated to improving health through the eradication of dental disease, is pleased to announce that Anita Duhl Glicken, MSW, will join the organization as a consultant. She will be engaging new health professionals as partners in the Interprofessional Initiative, and increasing awareness about oral health and NIIOH’s work in interprofessional education, among other things. 

Glicken will continue to provide facilitative leadership to the “PA Oral Health Initiative” which is  aimed at engaging all physician assistant professional organizations in promoting oral health in primary care. Funded by the Interprofessional Initiative over three years, this effort is entering its important implementation phase.

“Anita’s passion to engage the primary care professions in the fight for oral health and her skill at facilitating inter-professional agreements are extraordinary,” said Tracy Garland, program director of NIIOH. “I am delighted to have Anita join our team.”

Glicken brings more than 30 years of experience in health care and medical education. A leader in state, national and international organizations and initiatives, Glicken served as president of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) and as project leader of the PAEA Health Resources and Services Administration-funded contract on Faculty Development Education and Practice. She was chair of the PAEA Faculty Development Institute and its Workgroup on Data and Research and also served on the American Academy of Physician Assistants’ (AAPA) Research Steering Committee.

Glicken also served as project director of an American International Health Alliance contract to build health workforce capacity in South Africa and has consulted on similar efforts in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Most recently, she became President of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants Health Foundation, whose mission is to advance the role of physician assistants in improving health.

She has authored more than 50 publications and has served as principle investigator on many local, regional and national grants. Additionally, she has received many honors and awards, including AAPA’s honorary lifetime membership for distinguished service by a non-PA, PAEA’s Master Teacher Award and its Research Achievement Award, and awards for innovations in teaching and curriculum development from the University of Colorado, where she is a tenured professor.

Glicken is a resident of Denver, Colo.

About the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health

Founded in 2009, the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health (NIIOH) is a consortium of funders and health professionals whose vision is that dental disease can be eradicated. The mission of the NIIOH is to engage primary care clinicians to be alert to their patients’ oral health needs, ready and willing to deliver oral health preventive services to patients of all ages, effective at partnering with dental specialists, and able to learn from, with and about each other. The activities of the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health are made possible as a result of funding from The DentaQuest Foundation, the Washington Dental Service Foundation, and the Connecticut Health Foundation. For more information, please visit

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