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Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry Receives ADEA/IFDEA Orna Shanley Prize for Enhancing Access to Care

April  02, 2009

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and the International Federation of Dental Educators and Associations (IFDEA) presented the ADEA/IFDEA Orna Shanley Prize for Enhancing Access to Care to the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry during the Opening Ceremony of the 86th ADEA Annual Session and Exhibition in Phoenix, Arizona.

"The award is named in honor of a person who demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the improvement of global oral health at the community level," said 2008-09 ADEA President Charles N. Bertolami, D.D.S., D.Med.Sc. "ADEA congratulates Pacific on its efforts to create a sustainable program that has improved the access to care in its community."

Pacific was recognized for creating a program that focused on providing oral health care for individuals in a long-term care and rehabilitation hospital. The program, realized in collaboration with the San Francisco Health Department and with support from several grants, represents a sustainable solution to improving access to care for a population that would otherwise not receive it. The program also provides a unique learning environment for Pacific dental students and residents in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program.

The ADEA/IFDEA Orna Shanley Prize for Enhancing Access to Care recognizes academic dental institutions around the world that have demonstrated innovative solutions addressing local access to care issues. Examples include initiatives such as student engagement in community-based patient care settings, novel programs to enhance the effectiveness of the institution in addressing access to care for local communities, and innovative collaborations with governmental agencies to improve reimbursement for services provided by the academic dental institution.

"IFDEA congratulates Pacific for its outstanding work in finding a way to help reach an underserved population in its community and at the same time give its students valuable, hands-on learning experiences," said IFDEA Executive Director Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H.

The prize is made possible by a generous anonymous donor and ADEA member, who agreed to provide support for five years. For more information, visit www.adea.org.

Category Type: Honors and Awards

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu