Policy Development Fosters Collaborative Practice: The Example of the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

Dental clinics of North America

PubMedID: 27671962

Meyer DM, Kaste LM, Lituri KM, Tomar S, Fox CH, Petersen PE. Policy Development Fosters Collaborative Practice: The Example of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Dent Clin North Am. 2016;60(4):921-42.
This article provides an example of interprofessional collaboration for policy development regarding environmental global health vis-à-vis the Minamata Convention on Mercury. It presents an overview of mercury and mercury-related environmental health issues; public policy processes and stakeholders; and specifics including organized dentistry's efforts to create global policy to restrict environmental contamination by mercury. Dentistry must participate in interprofessional collaborations and build on such experiences to be optimally placed for ongoing interprofessional policy development. Current areas requiring dental engagement for interprofessional policy development include education, disaster response, HPV vaccination, pain management, research priorities, and antibiotic resistance.