Today kicks off “CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry” taking place from September 9-11 in a hybrid fashion. Educational events will be held in-person at the Moscone Center as well as online in a virtual format. If you have an opportunity to attend in person, stop by the school’s booth (No. 413) to say hello to our staff from admissions, CDE, and the Alumni Association. Volunteers from our school will also be hosting COVID-19 vaccines and testing opportunities on Thursday and Saturday for attendees. Please note that proof of full vaccination and an ID is required to attend the in-person activities inside Moscone. Learn more on the CDA website.
We have some good news about grant funding that will support the school. We were recently awarded a Dental Faculty Loan Repayment Grant through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) that will be administered through the Pacific Center for Equity in Oral Health Care. This $858,000 grant will allow the Dugoni School to establish two faculty tracks: one in pediatric/special care/hospital dentistry and one in geriatrics/AEGD/hospital dentistry for both dental and dental hygiene faculty. Faculty will practice and teach in our Special Care Clinic and Hutto Patterson Pediatric Clinic in San Francisco and the Union City Dental Care Center in the East Bay, in addition to Bay Area community partner hospitals and clinics to enhance their knowledge and skills as part of a larger healthcare team. This award will allow the school to sustain current programs and develop new opportunities, reaching beyond the campus clinics to those most in need while preparing students for an ever-changing and increasingly diverse healthcare landscape.
In addition, we were recently informed that the school will receive a $225,000 grant from the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation to support access to care initiatives. The award will support the following projects:
- Planning phase to increase access to dental hygiene education through a unique mobile education program in the Central Valley
- Student/Patient Emergency Fund support to provide care for low-income patients at our clinics
- Dental care for underserved military veterans through a new partnership with Everyone for Veterans
Please look for more updates as these programs move forward. Many thanks to everyone involved in these grant applications! A lot of work goes into the proposals and we are glad that these new resources will be available to support our people and programs.