Tracy Lustig

Senior Program Officer, Institute of Medicine

The Institute of Medicine (IOM), the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, asks and answers the nation’s most pressing questions about health and health care. Dr. Lustig is an IOM Senior Program Officer where her most recent work has focused on the health care workforce. In her talk, Dr. Lustig was asked to consider the future workforce in dentistry from lessons learned in medicine.

Learning Objectives

Consider alternative dental workforce solutions that may enhance our specialty’s capacity to improve the oral health of underserved children.

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Tracy A. (Harris) Lustig, D.P.M., M.P.H. is a Senior Program Officer with the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Lustig was trained in podiatric medicine and surgery and spent several years in private practice. In 1999, she was awarded a Congressional Fellowship with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and spent one year working in the office of Ron Wyden of the U.S. Senate.

Dr. Lustig joined the IOM in 2004.  Her most recent work has focused on the health care workforce. She was the study director for the 2008 report Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce. In 2009, she staffed a National Academies-wide initiative on the "Grand Challenges of an Aging Society" and directed a workshop on the oral health care workforce.  Dr. Lustig was the study director for two reports released in 2011, Advancing Oral Health in America and Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations. She also directed recent workshops on the allied health workforce and the use of telehealth to serve rural populations. Dr. Lustig is currently directing the IOM-NRC Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence.

Dr. Lustig has a doctor of podiatric medicine degree from Temple University and a master of public health degree with a concentration in health policy from The George Washington University.


Interview with Tracy Lustig

"From a policy level, we have to think about the people that some people are choosing not to serve, or people who can't be served... There are certainly a lot of issues with accessing care, around literacy, about appreciating the value of care, but we have to think, in many ways, about those who are falling outside of our system."

Discussing the future with Tracy Lustig

"I do think that in the next twenty to thirty years, care will look very different. All of healthcare is changing, and oral healthcare is part of healthcare; or, oral health is health... As we become more interconnected as a society, that care is going to become more interconnected, and team-based care is sort of, in policy worlds, a catch phrase. That's certainly been around for a while, but it's definitely the way care is going."