UCLA Community-Based Clinical Education

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UCLA School of Dentistry’s Community Based Clinical Education (CBCE) Program and Enhanced Model for Collaborative Care is designed specifically for the unique oral and systemic health needs of underserved populations in our communities.  Inadequate access to oral health care in the State of Californian and throughout the US persists for a variety of reasons, some of which include: maldistribution of providers throughout the state, inadequately funded health programs, patients’ lack of understanding of the importance of oral health to overall health, and difficulty in navigating the programs available to them. 

Structured as a set of educational programs for patients (Medicaid recipients), students, faculty, and staff, and as an initiative to increase access and quality of care for Medicaid recipients, the UCLA School of Dentistry has initiated a Community Based Dental Education Program (CBDE) and developed a universal template for seamless integration at host healthcare sites. 

The Program is sustainable and data will be collected in a centralized cloud-based process which may also allow for through virtual mentorship and teledentistry.  Our goal is to continue assessing, improving, and evaluating outcomes of care; enacting change to improve care; and disseminating this information to all sites that accept students as part of their healthcare delivery team.  The result will be improved and timely patient care in a more efficient and cost saving structure and the ability to provide evidence-based protocols and virtual mentorship for our teaching dentists and allied health professionals at these locations. Furthermore, the UCLA program will provide exceptional clinical experiences to our future dentists to help them understand the health disparities of these communities, learn how community clinics can be a much needed delivery of care resource, and appreciate that working in this environment can be a fulfilling professional opportunity for providers.

JOIN US AS WE WORK TO ENSURE THAT ALL CHILDREN AND ADULTS RECEIVE THE ORAL HEALTH CARE THEY NEED TO LEAD HEALTHY LIVES.

To learn more about how you may support this initiative to transform dental education and care, please contact (310) 206-6079 or mgompert@support.ucla.edu 

Click here to learn more about Dr. Bill  Piskorowski’s previous experience leading this program and enhancing the model of care.