University of Florida Statewide Network for Community Oral Health
Making a lifetime of difference for Florida’s dental health.
In addition to our Gainesville facilities, the UF College of Dentistry currently owns three satellite sites. These facilities are strategically located in vulnerable metropolitan areas and house postdoctoral general dentistry and pediatric residency programs. In 2010-2011, our clinics delivered 108,141 patient visits. Of those patients, 76% (82,217) live at or below 200% of the federal poverty rate.
The College of Dentistry runs educational programs at all three of its offsite clinics:
- Hialeah Dental Center
- NCEF Pediatric Dental Center (Naples)
- UF/SPC Partnership Dental Clinic (Tampa/St. Petersburg)
Statewide Service Fact Sheets
Goals of the Statewide Network
- To increase the number of at-risk people who receive oral care in Florida including low-income adults, children, and special needs patients.
- To establish and refine a model for improving the oral health of children and adults through direct clinical care, targeted patient education and partnerships with community resources.
- To educate dental students about health disparities in our state and nation. Ideally, in-depth clinical and social exposure in these community sites late in their dental school careers will motivate students to pursue future community health careers.