When any of the 1,000 students
at Kansas City’s University Academy need to see a dentist, they will no longer
have to leave the building. They will simply make an appointment and walk down
the hall to their very own dental clinic, staffed and operated by University of
Missouri - Kansas City School of Dentistry.
from the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC), University Academy , and the community were on hand September 5,
2012, for the grand opening of a new two-chair dental clinic in the University
Academy, a K-12 college-preparatory charter public school in the Kansas City,
Missouri, School District. For the next few weeks, UMKC dental faculty will
finish stocking the clinic with supplies and begin training students to staff
the facility. The clinic will begin seeing patients on October 1, 2012.
dental and dental hygiene students will provide the care under the supervision
of a UMKC faculty member. Along with providing dental care, UMKC dental and
dental hygiene students will develop and present educational programming
designed to educate University Academy students about good oral health routines
and why oral health is important. At the same time, the School of Dentistry
will engage the K-12 students in activities that provide for mentorship and
develop interest in becoming a dentist or dental hygienist someday.
outreach effort also enables us to be an important community partner in
improving public oral health,” said UMKC School of Dentistry Dean Marsha A. Pyle,
D.D.S., M.Ed. “And the hands-on education our dental and dental hygiene students
will gain here will make them better prepared for their future as
practitioners. This is a win-win opportunity for everyone involved.”
to oral health prevention and restorative care is severely restricted in the
urban core due to lack of funds, lack of providers, and lack of knowledge about
the importance of oral health. Members of a group, the Friends of
University Academy, understood this problem and approached UMKC with the idea
for the clinic last year. Friends of the University Academy is a 501(c)3
not-for-profit organization created to support special programs and educational
opportunities for University Academy students and alumni.