Addressing Community Oral Health

Addressing Unmet Oral Health Needs of the Community

Through the Power of Penn Dental Medicine campaign, the School is addressing unmet oral health needs of the community by expanding community-based teaching experiences to improve access to dental care for vulnerable individuals.

Care Center for Persons with Disabilities

Scheduled to open early in 2020, the Center will be a one-of-a-kind enterprise dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with all forms of disability. World-wide, people of all ages live with physical or intellectual disabilities either developmental or acquired as they age. Their quality of life is lower by virtue of the lack of well-trained dental practitioners as well as a shortage of facilities capable of delivering necessary care. Training our students to care for persons with disabilities is a top priority of Dean Mark Wolff, who has been a life-long advocate for serving persons with special needs and is an Executive Committee Member and a co-founder of  Project Accessible Oral Health. The Oral Health Fund for Persons with Disabilities at Penn Dental Medicine will provide the resources to design and build a world class patient-care facility and will fund faculty exchanges, international fellowships, and scholarships for students interested in a career treating patients with disabilities. Support this project »

Presently, Penn Dental Medicine students are able to gain added experience serving individuals with disabilities through a selectives course at Woods Services.

Care for the Elderly

Mercy LIFE (Living Independently for Elders) of West Philadelphia provides community-based care to more than 420 frail elders who would otherwise require institutionally based long-term care service. Penn Dental faculty and students provide vitally needed dental care. Expand care to seniors in need »

Sayre Health Center

This school-based, Federally Qualified Health Center in West Philadelphia serves 6,500 patients per year and is a practice-based dentistry site for students in the Division of Community and Oral Health. Expand our presence »

PennSmiles Mobile Program

Tooth decay is the single largest pediatric health program in the U.S., the cause of thousands of missed days of school. Penn Dental Medicine provides care to more than 5,000 children a year and seeks to double our fleet of mobile dental vans from two to four vehicles. Learn more and support dental care for children in need »

Care for the Homeless

The Homeless Health Initiative is a volunteer outreach program coordinated by Children’s Hospital. Dental students provide care through the Community and Oral Health Division. Expand this work »

Philadelphia Fight

This comprehensive health services organization provides primary care – including dental care – to people living with HIV/AIDS. Dental students provide care through the Community and Oral Health Division. Expand our presence »

Puentes de Salud

This advocacy organization meets the needs of Philadelphia’s growing Mexican community, including oral health services provided by students through the Community and Oral Health Division. Expand our presence »

Global Programs

From its earliest days, Penn Dental Medicine has been international in its reach, bringing scientists and students from around the world to collaborate. We have created programs to advance dental education in areas of the world where there aren’t enough dentists, and continue to pioneer new ways to share information through virtual programming and hands-on continuing education on campus and around the globe.

Contact

To learn more about or to support these initiatives, contact Elizabeth Ketterlinus, Senior Associate Dean at ekett@upenn.edu or 215-898-3328.

Campaign Leadership

William W.M. Cheung (D’81, GD’82)
Campaign Co-Chair

David T. Shen (D’79, GD’81)
Campaign Co-Chair

Contact

Elizabeth Ketterlinus
Senior Associate Dean of Development/Alumni Relations
ekett@upenn.edu
215-898-3328

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