Dr. Henshaw is the Associate Dean for Global and Population Health and Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Health Services Research at the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. As Associate Dean for Global and Population Health, Dr. Henshaw leads efforts related to developing and showcasing GSDM’s position as a world leader in global health and interprofessional care initiatives. She is active in a number of community and professional organizations and currently serves on the Planning Board for the Oral Health Foundation, is a member of the Massachusetts Coalition for Oral Health, and has recently served as the Chair of the Community and Preventive Dentistry Section of the American Dental Education Association. Dr. Henshaw’s major research interests are in the areas of health services research and oral epidemiology.
Recent research efforts have focused on how oral conditions affect health-related quality of life, understanding oral health disparities, and access to care for underserved populations, Dr. Henshaw serves as both the Co-Director of the Center for Research to Evaluate and Eliminate Dental Disparities (CREEDD) and Principal Investigator of Project 2: Oral Health Advocates in Public Housing.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility
A commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and access has served as the foundation of my professional career. I was an NIH health disparities scholar, and currently serve as the Co-Director of the NIH/NIDCR funded Center for the Northeast Center for Research to Evaluate and Eliminate Dental Disparities and the chair the Steering Committee for the NIDCR’s Oral Health Disparities in Children Consortium. My research has focused on developing interventions to address oral health disparities and increase access to care for underserved populations (inner city children, public housing residents, older adults, Latinos, Native Americans, People Living with HIV). I have used both quantitative and qualitative methods and have successfully translated interventions into novel community-based settings (public housing, public schools, Head Start, community health centers, tertiary care hospitals). I have used community based participatory research methods, focus groups and advisory boards to develop interventions that have shown high levels of participant and community acceptability and good retention rates.
GSDM, like Boston University, has a long-standing commitment to community engagement and service. In my role as Associate Dean for Global and Population Health at GSDM, I am devoted to advancing this commitment. For example, I oversee access to education and treatment in Boston public schools and health centers, as well as providing care to the local community and implementing over 100 community outreach activities annually. I have been instrumental in incorporating the social determinants of health into the dental school curriculum and providing the dental students with the knowledge and skills to address the social determinants of health and both within the dental school and at our community health center partners, helping to ensure that we graduate culturally competent health care providers.
Associate Dean of Global and Population Health
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Global & Population Health
Community Based Dental Partnership Program
07/01/2023 - 06/30/2028 (PI)HHS/Health Resources and Services Administration
Providence/Boston Center for AIDS Research (CFAR): Core Support (Cores A, B, G, K, L, SWG)
07/01/2023 - 06/30/2028 (Co-Investigator of Sub-Project / SP)The Miriam Hospital NIH NIAID2P30AI042853-25
Dental Faculty Loan Repayment
09/01/2021 - 08/31/2026 (PI)HHS/Health Resources and Services Administration
Oral Disease Prevention Model in Long Term Care: WHO Systems Thinking Framework
04/01/2023 - 03/31/2025 (PI)NIH/National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research1R21DE032137-01A1
Dental Care for Young Children (0-3) - A System Level Model of Value Based Payments for Dentists
12/15/2022 - 01/07/2024 (PI)CareQuest Institute for Oral Health
CFAR Developmental Award: Understanding the Roles of Dental Schools in Ending the HIV Epidemic
06/01/2022 - 11/30/2023 (Key Person / Mentor)The Miriam Hospital NIH NIAID5P30AI042853-23
Testing and Texting in Community Health Center Dental Clinics to Diagnose and Prevent HIV Infection
09/24/2021 - 09/23/2023 (PI)NIH/National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research5UG3DE031249-02
Community Based Dental Partnership Program
07/01/2018 - 06/30/2023 (PI)HHS/Health Resources and Services Administration
Interactive Parent-targeted Text Messaging in Pediatric Clinics to Reduce ECC
09/01/2017 - 12/31/2022 (Multi-PI)
PI: Michelle Henshaw, DDSNIH/National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research3UH3DE025492-05S2
Transformative Primary Care for Older Adults: Integrating URM Faculty Development and Retention/Dental Faculty Development and Loan Repayment Program
09/01/2016 - 08/31/2022 (Multi-PI)
PI: Michelle Henshaw, DDSHHS/Health Resources and Services Administration
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Hevel DJ, Henshaw M, Endrighi R, Adams WG, Heeren T, Jankowski A, Borrelli B. The differential predictive utility of two caregiver-targeted self-efficacy measures to promote oral health of underserved children. Health Psychol. 2023 Oct; 42(10):735-745.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37307330; PMCID: PMC10524688; DOI: 10.1037/hea0001308;
Zea AM, Henshaw MM, Calabrese JM. Commentary on: Tooth Loss, Periodontal Disease, and Mild Cognitive Impairment Among Hispanic/Latino Immigrants: The Moderating Effect of Age at Immigration. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2023 Jun 01; 78(6):947-948.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37264523
Henshaw MM, Karpas S. Oral Health Disparities and Inequities in Older Adults. Clin Geriatr Med. 2023 May; 39(2):207-223.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37045529
Goodwin M, Henshaw M, Borrelli B. Inequities and oral health: A behavioural sciences perspective. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2023 Feb; 51(1):108-115.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36753398
Kitsaras G, Asimakopoulou K, Henshaw M, Borrelli B. Theoretical and methodological approaches in designing, developing, and delivering interventions for oral health behaviour change. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2023 Feb; 51(1):91-102.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36749671
Zea A, Henshaw M. Promoting Children's Health Equity With Medical-Dental Integration. AMA J Ethics. 2022 01 01; 24(1):E33-40.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35133726
Ramos-Gomez FJ, Martin MA, Nelson SS, Borrelli B, Henshaw MM, Curtan S, Lindau HE, Rueras N, Sandoval AS, Gansky SA. COVID-19 Impact on Community-Based Participatory Randomized Controlled Trials-Lessons From the Oral Health Disparities in Children Consortium. Front Dent Med. 2021 Jul; 2.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35669970; PMCID: PMC9164288; DOI: 10.3389/fdmed.2021.671911;
Henshaw MM, Karpas S. Oral Health Disparities and Inequities in Older Adults. Dent Clin North Am. 2021 Apr; 65(2):257-273.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33641752
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2015 University of California at San Francisco:
Alumni Excellence Award
2014 American College of Dentists:
2013 BU Provost Office:
Designated Exceptional Faculty
2011 Recipient of the William J. Gies Award for Innovation
2004-2007 NIH-NCMHD Health Disparities Scholar (2004-2007)
2002 Community Campus Partnerships for Health Fellow
2002 Santa Fe Group and ADTA:
Oral Health Care Access Program Scholar
2000 Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine:
Spencer N. Frankl Faculty Award
1997 Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine:
Geriatric Dental Fellowship Award
1997 University of Iowa Health Sciences Center:
Best Overall Presentation and Use of Graphics