Adam Barefoot, DMD, MPH
Dr. Adam Barefoot DMD, MPH, is a Georgia licensed dentist and Director of Oral Health for the state of Georgia in the Department of Public Health. He leads the state Oral Health Program to improve oral health outcomes and reduce oral health disparities across the state. This is done through many programmatic activities including supporting 18 public health district oral health programs, providing technical training to community water fluoridation operators, promoting and implementing school based oral health prevention programs, conducting statewide oral health surveillance, and partnering with a variety of organizations in cross cutting activities and initiatives. Previously, Dr. Barefoot was a Dental Director for a Federally Qualified Health Center serving primarily underserved and uninsured rural populations. This experience provided significant insight into health disparities and health inequity issues. During this time Dr. Barefoot completed a Masters of Public Health degree program. Dr. Barefoot also completed a 1-year general practice residency program in a hospital-based setting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania prior to starting his clinical career in private practice. Dr. Barefoot was selected to the CDC Public Health Training in Place Program (PH-TIPP) as part of the 2020-2021 cohort. He is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), Georgia Dental Association (GDA), Oral Health Progress and Equity Network (OPEN), and participates on the Board of Directors for the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD), American Network of Oral Health Coalitions (ANOHC), and the Georgia Oral Health Coalition (GOHC).