The Dental Pipeline National Learning Institute
ADEA Partners with the
Dugoni School of Dentistry for Underrepresented Minority Student Recruitment
and Community-Based Dental Education
D.C.—The American Dental Education Association (ADEA), The Voice of
Dental Education, in partnership with the University of the Pacific Arthur A.
Dugoni School of Dentistry (Dugoni), is pleased to announce the continuation of
the ADEA/Dugoni Dental Pipeline National Learning Institute (ADEA/Dugoni NLI)
and the names of the 10 dental schools and community partners selected to
participate in the program. Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
(RWJF), the ADEA/Dugoni NLI program is dedicated to increasing the recruitment
of underrepresented minority students at dental schools and community-based
dental education programs. Ultimately, the effort aims to create a diverse
workforce of dentists who understand the oral health care needs of patients
from underserved populations.
"The goal of the ADEA/Dugoni National Learning Institute is
to create an environment that embraces diversity so that future dentists can
enhance their cultural competencies," says Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D.,
M.P.H., ADEA President and CEO. "The program works to forge better
partnerships between dental schools and their respective communities."
Through the ADEA/Dugoni NLI, 10 dental schools and community
partners have been selected to implement a yearlong minority student
recruitment campaign or engage in community-based dental education. The dental
schools and community partners selected to participate in the ADEA/Dugoni NLI
University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine and Ft. Lewis College.
University School of Dentistry and Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation.
of Louisville School of Dentistry and Central High School-Dental Magnet.
of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry and Latinos of Tomorrow/Greater
Kansas City Collaborative.
Ohio State University College of Dentistry and GlenOak High School.
School of Dentistry and Oral Health and San Francisco State University.
Health & Science University School of Dentistry and Black United Fund
University School of Dental Medicine and Increasing Diversity in Dentistry
(IDID) Institute Corp
Carolina University School of Dental Medicine and North Carolina
Agricultural and Technical State University.
Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and Health Legacy of
participating ADEA/Dugoni NLI dental school will receive $10,000 and a
three-day training course about dental pipeline best practices, advocacy and
leadership. Additional support and resources include peer mentor match-ups,
access to various online courses, as well as fundraising and development
Paul Glassman, D.D.S., M.B.A., Project Director of the RWJF grant
supporting this initiative and Director of the Pacific Center for Special Care
at Dugoni adds, “This is a great opportunity to extend the lessons of a decade
of dental pipeline activities and foster new partnerships dedicated to
improving oral health for underserved people.”
The dental pipeline effort is based on the concept that dental
institutions can address the access to dental care issue by recruiting and
admitting more underrepresented minority students, increasing cultural
competency of all students, and educating dental students through community
rotations in health centers and other safety-net dental settings. Such
principles served as the basis of a decade-long nationwide effort among dental
schools and community partners that has positively impacted dental education
and access to care.