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University Of Florida Statewide Network for Community Oral Health

Published: November 26th, 2013

Category: Features

Making a lifetime of difference for Florida’s dental health.

patient-visits-college-owned-clinicsThe UF Statewide Network for Community Oral Health is an enduring statewide resource committed to providing community based clinical learning opportunities for dental students and residents, while improving access to dental services for underserved populations.

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:

Clinics

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.