UW School of Dentistry

Office of Educational Partnerships and Diversity

Full-time Program Coordinator Positions Available!

The office of Educational Partnerships and Diversity is looking for healthcare-motivated individuals to join our team for the 2017-2018 service year.

Recruitment Flyer

The AmeriCorps member will serve in a program that supports and promotes the work of students, faculty and staff of the dental school directed to reducing oral health inequities in underserved communities. Our goals are to improve oral health by conducting oral health education sessions in various venues and providing dental care whenever possible to those with lack of access to care by bringing care services to the community. We also strive to increase diversity in the oral health care workforce by conducting programs that encourage youth to complete high school and higher education and pursue oral health professional careers. Our goal with the assistance of an AmeriCorps member is to expand our activities to reach more areas of the state of Washington where there is a shortage of oral health care providers. This will succeed only if there is partnership with the community members. Critical steps include community needs assessment, resource identification, organization, communication with stakeholders, fund raising and promotion of services and educational programs to the community. Our goals are to complete these steps in targeted underserved communities, and to develop sustainable programs for dental student/ community provider activities that benefit the community. This position is contingent on funding. Apply or learn more about the position here.

Access to Care Project at the University of Washington, School of Dentistry

Enock, Diana, Joffrey

The service mission carried out by the Access to Care project is to improve the oral  health and well being of the people of the local community and the region. Our team is responsible for coordinating outreach programs that are especially attentive to minority and under-served populations. Together, we participate in various outreach events directed at reducing oral health inequities in under-served communities.

There is a great lack of access to dental care in many communities throughout Washington state.  In addition, there is an under-representation of dentists and other oral health care providers from under-served communities.  Causes include poverty and lack of education and knowledge of educational opportunities.

The Office of Educational Partnerships and Diversity works to build infrastructure to support projects in which Dental students  can play an important role in helping alleviate many of these problems. Dental students provide much needed care, and act as teachers and mentors to youth from these communities.  Community interaction of this type, has the potential to not only improve the oral health of the under-served community directly but also increase the number of dentists, educators and leaders within these communities in the long term.

Newsletter

Check out the OEPD newsletter to learn more about the awesome events our dental students and volunteers have and continue participating in: OEPD-Spring-Summer-2016

Orgullo Competition Video

This video submission by UW SoD Hispanic Student Dental Association chapter got second place in the annual Orgullo Competition! The project was sponsored by Crest and HDA.