Issue Editor, Ira Colby and Catherine M. Flaitz's, point of view and summary of the articles in Accountable Communities: Healthier Neighborhoods, Healthier Children.

Author Biography

Ira Colby became Dean of the Graduate School of Social Work in 1999 and has spent nearly 40 years in social work education in both public and private universities including BSW, MSW, and PhD levels of study. He received his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, the MSW degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a B.S. degree from Springfield College his career, Dr. Colby has served on, chaired, or held elective positions in a number of national and international social work associations, including the International Association of Schools of Social Work, the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work, the National Association of Social Workers, the Action Network for Social Work Research and Education, the Institute for the Advancement for Social Work Research, and the National Rural Social Work Caucus. Dr. Colby is the immediate past president of the Council on Social Work Education, the national educational association that represents 747 social work educational programs, on average 70,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in these programs, staffed by approximately 9,000 faculty. Dr. Colby has authored 71 books, book chapters, and articles while making 103 presentations at state, national, and international meetings.

Catherine Flaitz, D.D.S., M.S., is distinguished teaching professor in the Departments of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences and of Pediatric Dentistry at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston (UTSD). She is also faculty in the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, UT School of Medicine, and holds an adjunct appointment at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Head and Neck Oncology. Previously, she served as dean (2002-2009), chair of the Department of Diagnostic Sciences (2002) and director of the surgical oral pathology laboratory service (1992-2004). Dr. Flaitz is dual-specialized in both pediatric dentistry and oral & maxillofacial pathology with board certification. Within the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, she has been appointed to the Board of Trustees, Academic at Large (2012-2015) and is a member of the Council of Clinical Affairs. Formerly, she served on the Frew Advisory Committee of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to review strategic initiatives to address innovative approaches to health care for Medicaid recipients. Her academic accomplishments include serving on multiple editorial boards in dentistry and medicine and the publication of over 290 articles, 32 chapters/monographs and 2 books/atlases on the diagnosis and management of oral diseases in children and adults. In recognition of her commitment to dental education, she has received numerous professional and teaching awards in her career.