September 2020 Volume LV Number 5

 
 
 
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Title VII FY 2020 Grant for Postdoctoral Training in Pediatric, General, and Public Health Dentistry

September 2020 Volume LV Number 5

Grantee Profile – Howard University Postdoctoral Program in Pediatric Dentistry (HUPPD)
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded 27 Title VII FY 2020 grants for postdoctoral training in pediat- ric, general, and public health dentistry. Six awards were directed solely to pediatric dentistry programs, and another ten include pediatric dentistry in collaboration with general dentistry and dental public health.
 
In upcoming issues, we will highlight programs that received this grant. This issue spotlights Howard University’s Postdoctoral Program in Pediatric Dentistry’s proposed project abstract.
 
The purpose of this project is to develop culturally competent oral health care professionals in pediatric dentistry who will in turn provide care to underserved, uninsured, underinsured, and vulnerable populations. The oral health workforce must be increased at local, state, and national levels to care for underserved populations. In our Commission on Dental Accreditation-accredited program, trainees pay tuition and receive both didactic and clinical instruction. Located in an inner city with large minority populations, the program has collaborative relationships with several affiliated clinical sites in the community. Seventy percent of all African American dentists were trained at HUCD. Despite Howard University’s contributions, there remains a shortage of underrepresented minority (URM) dentists at the postdoctoral level. In this project, we will enhance and enlarge several aspects of our innovative program in pediatric dentistry to improve oral health in underserved communities. We will train 30 culturally competent pediatric dentists during the project period. Among them, we anticipate at least 70% or more will be underrepresented minorities. 
 
The specific objectives of the proposed project are as follows:
  • Expand recruitment and improve retention of underrepresented minority dentists in the practice of pediatric den- tistry by offering tuition support to postdoctoral trainees;
  • Enhance the clinical training component of the program by augmenting oral health care at a newly established affiliation site, a Federally Qualified Health Center where the target population faces significant, multi-faceted, and complex barriers to access;
  • Equip an auxiliary anesthesia facility devoted entirely to treatment of pediatric dental patients and patients with special needs under the supervision of the dental anesthesiologist on staff;
  • Provide well-rounded clinical training while serving diverse vulnerable populations in collaborations with the Howard University School of Medicine/Howard University Hospital Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, other Howard University Hospital departments, and satellite community clinics;
  • Promote cultural competency and oral health literacy in the clinical and didactic instruction of postdoctoral trainees;
  • Establish a project coordinator position to coordinate, facilitate, and improve the educational efficiency of the pro- gram; and
  • Evaluate performance on project objectives and implement quality improvement processes. 
http://healthsciences.howard.edu/education/colleges/dentistry/departments/advancededucation/pediatric-dentistry 
Project Director: George P. Thomas, DDS, MPH, FACD, FICD
 
 

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