Program to recruit and train minority residents as dental assistants to serve northern Manhattan's underserved population

Columbia University's School of Dental and Oral Surgery (SDOS) is the only dental school in northern Manhattan. Along with its affiliate, the Harlem Hospital Dental Service (HHDS), SDOS is the major provider of oral health care services addressing the urgent oral health needs of northern Manhattan residents. SDOS and HHDS have historically both provided health care services in their clinics and also trained dentists who remain in the community as health care providers. A recent addition to the training mission of the two institutions has been their joint initiative, the Dental Assistant Training Program (DATP), which prepares local residents for entry-level dental assistant positions. In 3 years, the program has graduated 52 underrepresented minority residents from very distressed neighborhoods and each is currently employed or attending more advanced professional education. The purpose of this grant is to support DATP in increasing the number of allied dental health workers available for employment in dental facilities that serve the most disadvantaged populations in New York City and establish a model of how this program can operate in a university setting. This project will be considered successful if it achieves a graduation rate of 85 percent while recruiting local residents, if at least 85 percent of the graduates return to their communities to deliver care, and if the program successes are published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $384,900.00

Awarded on: 3/29/2002

Time frame: 4/1/2002 - 9/30/2004

Grant Number: 44582


Columbia University College of Dental Medicine

630 West 168th Street
New York, 10032-3725


Marlene Klyvert
Project Director


Ira B. Lamster
Project Director