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Around the Dental Education Community - October 2011

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 UB Dental School Awarded Federal Grant to Replace Dental Van 

The University at Buffalo (UB) School of Dental Medicine has received a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant for $500,000 to replace its 14-year-old Mobile Dental Unit (MDU)—the van that gives the children of Chautauqua County access to oral care.

The grant is intended to support and invest in school-based, health-center capital programs like the UB MDU. The UB dental van, and the services it provides, is one of the 278 school-based programs across the country to be awarded funds to help clinics expand and provide more health care services to the underserved nationwide through the Affordable Care Act.

Every year for the last 14 years, the UB School of Dental Medicine has served the oral health needs of Chautauqua County’s children through its school-based mobile dental van, which is staffed by three UB pediatric dentists, a dental hygienist, and a dental assistant.

With the grant, the UB dental school will purchase a larger, state-of-the-art MDU equipped with three to four dental chairs to replace its current two-chair van. This will double the MDU’s capacity to treat patients and enable the UB dental school to provide more help to families that have limited access to dental care. UB’s MDU dental staff has provided care during 38,000 patient visits since 1997.

The grant’s principal investigator Joseph E. Bernat, D.D.S., UB Associate Dean and Chair of Pediatric and Community Dentistry, said oral health is important to the physical well-being of children. UB’s MDU provides much needed services.

“We know that dental problems are health problems that affect children’s performance in the classroom. Because of this grant, we will be able to continue to provide dental care to kids in need, which will improve their overall health and quality of life,” said Dr. Bernat.

Michael Glick, D.M.D., Dean and Professor at the UB School of Dental Medicine, said the grant complements the dental school’s pursuit of excellence in all its endeavors.

“This grant directly supports the school’s mission to improve quality of life by leading innovation in oral health education, research, and service,” Dr. Glick said. “The new MDU will enable us to better train the next generation of health care providers while increasing awareness of the impact of oral health has a person’s overall well-being. We’re humbled to play a role in improving the quality of life throughout the western New York community.”

 Geriatric Outreach Program Receives William A. Jenkins Award 

The Ohio State University College of Dentistry’s Geriatric Dentistry Program in Appalachia has received the month’s William A. Jenkins Award, the highest honor presented by the Area Agency on Aging, District 7 (AAA.7).

The award is given for dedication, commitment, and support to seniors and those with disabilities in southern Ohio. It is named in memory of William A. Jenkins, a native of Gallia County who helped build southern Ohio’s aging network through AAA.6.

The Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging, a nonprofit organization, is a statewide network of agencies that provide services for the elderly, and that advocate on behalf of older Ohioans. This is the second award that AAA.7 has presented to the college’s Geriatric Dentistry Program, the first of which was awarded in 2001 for the program’s service as the best provider of health care for the elderly of southeast Ohio.

This award would not have been possible without the collaborative and dedicated efforts of faculty, staff, and the student who participated in this geriatric outreach program,” said Dr. Abdel Rahim Mohammed, Professor of Geriatric Dentistry and Oral Medicine, and Director and Community Outreach Programs. “I give my thanks and gratitude to all those who supported this program from the beginning.”

 UCSF Elv8 Healthy Students and Families Initiative Receives Generous Support from the Atlantic Philanthropies 

The University of California, San Francisco, (UCSF) Schools of Nursing and Dentistry announced that they have been jointly awarded a grant of $1,750,000 over three years by The Atlantic Philanthropies for USCF "Elevate" (Elv8) Healthy Students and Families.

UCSF Elv8 Healthy Students and Families will establish a new model for interdisciplinary education of advanced practice nursing and dental students in community-based health care.

“Together with our partners we aim to provide a new, sustainable, and integrated model for delivering primary health and dental care to vulnerable children in middle schools and empower youth and families to advocate for quality health care and access,” according to a description provided by project co-leader Dr. Lisa Chung of the UCSF School of Dentistry. “Our project will contribute to the overall aims of the Elv8 Initiative in Oakland to improve the health and future lives of children and promote healthy families from undeserved urban communities.”

The School of Dentistry leadership on the project includes Dr. William F. Bird, Dr. Lisa Chung, and Dr. Bahar Amanzadeh.

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