The CAPHD Board of Directors is pleased announce two CAPHD award recipients for 2022. Lisette Dufour has been award the CAPHD Merit Award to recognize her efforts in improving the oral health of all Canadians. Dr. Christophe Bedos has been awarded the CAPHD Honorary Award to recognize his substantial contribution to public health dentistry in Canada.
Congratulations to Ms Dufour and Dr. Bedos on their achievements!
Ms Lisette Dufour
Lisette, a registered dental hygienist, has been employed by the federal government for the past 17 years. Currently, she holds the position of senior oral health advisor in the Office of the Chief Dental Officer of Canada. One of her main files is the implementation of the oral health component on the next Canadian Health Measures Survey 2022–2024 conducted by Statistics Canada in partnership with Health Canada. From 2012 to 2015, she held a management position at the Non-Insured Health Benefits Program (NIHB), where she successfully implemented the National Dental Predetermination Centre. Furthermore, Lisette has been instrumental in the implementation of the First Nations and Inuit Oral Health Survey in 2008–2010 and was highly involved with the management of the Children’s Oral Health Initiative (COHI). Prior to joining the federal public service, Lisette worked in the insurance industry as a dental claims specialist, practised clinically for 17 years in Northern Ontario and in the National Capital Region and taught dental hygiene part-time for 10 years while being involved with the national dental hygiene certification program.
Dr Christophe Bedos
Christophe has dedicated his career to providing dental care for people with difficulty accessing such care or working behind the scenes to promote improved access to dent care in a number of highly original ways. He trained as dentist in France and practiced as a dentist there and in Africa for a number of years before coming to Montreal and studying for his MSc and then PhD at Université de Montréal in community health and public health respectively. He then completed his academic training with a postdoctoral fellowship at McGill and was appointed as Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University in 2003. Since 2017, he has been the Director of the FRQ-S funded Réseau de recherche en santé buccodentaire et osseuse (https://www.rsbo.ca/en/).
During his time in Quebec and at the Faculty, he has made major contributions to dental public health, particularly in the area of access to dental care at local, provincial, national and international levels. The Honorary Award recognizes the efforts of individuals who have made a substantive contribution to public health dentistry at the provincial or national level.