Leadership and Legacy: Oral Health Milestones in Maternal and Child Health Promotion and Prevention OHRC

1930s

Frank C. Cady, D.D.S., C.P.H.
Frank C. Cady, D.D.S., C.P.H., dental consultant to the state health authorities, U. S. Public Health Service.
  • U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officers expanded

Background

The U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps is a highly trained, multidisciplinary cadre of medical professionals who can be quickly mobilized to address the spread of disease and other issues. Since its inception, the Commissioned Corps has addressed issues such as the potential spread of disease by sailors returning from foreign ports or immigrants entering the country or by hurricanes and other disasters that affect communities. From the 1930s to 1944, Commissioned Corp officers expanded to include engineers, dentists, research scientists, nurses, physicians, and other health professionals.

Impact

USPHS Commissioned Corps officers are involved in disease prevention and control, biomedical research, regulation of food and drugs, mental health and substance abuse, health care delivery, and international health. As a vital part of the USPHS, Commissioned Corps officers may be assigned to federal, state, or local agencies to protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of the nation. For example, in the mid-1990s and early 2000s, dental officers were detailed to serve as dental directors in Guam, Louisiana, Oregon, Washington, and South Carolina.

Sources

Mosca NG, Finn E, Joskow R. 2007. Dental care as a vital service response for disaster victims. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 18(2):262–270.

Personal communication with John Rossetti. 2010.

U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. About the Commissioned Corps: History.

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