Foreword to Supplement: Evaluating the Dental Pipeline Program: Recruiting Minorities and Promoting Community-Based Dental Education

Launched in 2001, the Pipeline, Profession & Practice: Community-Based Dental Education (Dental Pipeline) program was a five-year program designed to help increase access to dental care for underserved populations. This special supplement to the Journal of Dental Education describes the evaluation in detail. It synthesizes numerous parts of the evaluation, bringing them under one cover: national program office perspectives; explanations of evaluation development and implementation; 14 case studies of Pipeline programs at U.S. dental schools; and issues of sustainability and effects.

This thorough report provides readers with a comprehensive understanding of the evaluation.