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Pacific Center for Special Care Receives $650,000 Grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The grant will support a National Dental Pipeline Learning Institute to share lessons of past Pipeline programs involving community dental care and access to care issues for vulnerable populations.

January  06, 2012

The Pacific Center for Special Care at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry has received a $650,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to establish a National Dental Pipeline Learning Institute.  Dr. Paul Glassman, professor of dental practice and director of the Center for Special Care, will be the principal investigator of the project which began in December.

The National Dental Pipeline Learning Institute will involve partnerships with the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), the California Primary Care Association and the National Network for Oral Health Access.  Establishment of the Learning Institute follows nearly a decade of the Dugoni School's involvement with both the RWJF model program, Pipeline, Profession and Practice: Community-Based Dental Education Program (Dental Pipeline) and the California Dental Pipeline Program. The national demonstration project closed in 2010.

Launched in 2002, Dental Pipeline aims to help dental schools and community organizations increase access to care for underserved populations and to further develop community-based clinical education programs. In California, the pipeline program has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The California Endowment.

"The Dental Pipeline Project has taught the participating schools a lot about community dental care and access to care issues facing vulnerable populations," said Glassman. "The grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will allow us to better understand and apply the lessons learned during the last decade of the National and California Dental Pipeline programs."

The National Dental Pipeline Learning Institute will aim to spread the lessons of the Pipeline programs and continue to impact dental education and community dental care for underserved populations. Individuals from schools and community organizations that participated in the Pipeline programs will serve as faculty for the Learning Institute.

Beginning in March 2012, dental schools and community organizations will be invited to sign up for the year-long training program which will start with a session at the Dugoni School of Dentistry, and followed by online modules with customized coaching for a partnership project. The training program will conclude with a public presentation and graduation at the annual ADEA fall interim meeting.

The Pacific Center for Special Care, part of the Dugoni School of Dentistry, is committed to improving the oral health of people with special needs, older adults and other vulnerable populations on the local, state and federal level. For more information visit: http://dental.pacific.edu/Community_Involvement/Pacific_Center_for_Special_Care_(PCSC).html

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing the United States. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and timely change. For nearly 40 years, the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org

Category Type: Dental Issues and Research

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