Project Description

Christina T. Rosenthal, DDS, MPH, was recently served as a keynote speaker at the Beyond Flexner Alliance (BFA) 2021 Virtual Conference April 26-28, 2021.

Beyond Flexner Alliance (BFA) is a national movement, focused on health equity and training health professionals as agents of more equitable health care. This movement takes us beyond centuries-old conventions in health professions education to train providers prepared to build a system that is not only better, but fairer.

The 2021 Beyond Flexner Conference offers a unique opportunity to learn more about the movement and how to integrate social mission into your profession and practice. Beyond Flexner welcomed A.T. Still University and Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University as cohosts for the 2021 conference; and focused on several themes:

  • Championing Equity: programs that teach, model, measure, promote and reward health equity.
  • Diversity now in Health Professions Education: race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, disability, culture, nationality, religion, and socioeconomic status among others and intersections of those identities.
  • Innovations in Learning Integration: interprofessional education, integrated primary care, oral health, behavioral health, community integration and empowerment, social determinants of health, and health law among others.
  • Moving to the Quadruple Aim: patient experience, population health, healthcare costs, and provider well-being in the context of social mission.
  • Fixing the Framework: admissions, accreditation, post-graduate education, certification, hidden curriculum, payments, state and federal policies.


Christina T. Rosenthal, DDS, MPH, is the CEO of Paradigm Dental Center and president and founder of The 516 Foundation, Inc. The 516 Foundation’s groundbreaking pipeline program, Determined to be a Doctor Someday (D.D.S.), is designed to improve representation in health professions among underrepresented groups, rural or economically-disadvantaged communities, and first-generation students of any racial background starting with enrichment activities from youth onward. Dr. Rosenthal is also a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity program.