Dates of Program: July 2001 to July 2010
Field of Work: Changing dental education through expanding community-based education and recruiting underrepresented minority and low-income students into dentistry.
Problem Synopsis: The need for oral health care services among minority, low-income, medically disabled, and other disadvantaged populations is great. Dental schools can and should contribute to the solution through their educational and patient care programs.
Synopsis of the Work: The national program Pipeline, Profession & Practice: Community-Based Dental Education (more commonly known as the Dental Pipeline Program) helped dental schools increase access to dental care for underserved populations through expanded community-based education and recruitment of underrepresented minority and low-income students.
In Round 1, the Dental Pipeline Program made grants to 11 dental schools (with another four supported by the California Endowment) to expand community-based clinical education programs, revise curricula to support these programs, and increase recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority and low-income students.
In Round 2, the program made grants to eight additional schools: four focused on recruitment of underrepresented minority or low-income students and four focused on community-based education. The program also contracted with national organizations to help institutionalize Dental Pipeline Program initiatives.