For more than a decade, the dental education community’s Dental Pipeline effort has addressed limited access to oral care in underserved populations by recruiting and admitting dental students from underrepresented communities. ADEA, in partnership with the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, founded the Dental Pipeline National Learning Institute to continue increasing recruitment and retention within those underserved communities.
In 2013, the Dental Pipeline National Learning Institute will award funding and resources to 10 dental school community partnerships to develop projects focused on community-based dental education or recruitment of underrepresented minority dental students. Eligible partnerships include one representative from a dental school and one from a community-partner organization. By participating in the Dental Pipeline National Learning Institute schools can enhance the diversity of their students, improve the education of dental students, grow national leaders, and improve the oral health of the country.
Applications are available for the Dental Pipeline National Learning Institute 2013 Cohort, which will begin in October 2013. To learn more about the application process, register for a technical assistance webinar being held on Wednesday, May 15 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET.