Bank of Hope Community Outreach Partnership

In July of 2013, Bank of Hope (formerly Wilshire Bank) and the UCLA School of Dentistry embarked on a collaborative partnership to reshape patient care and dentistry education for bank customers and residents of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The bank, which serves multi-ethnic small and mid-sized business communities, recently pledged $100,000 for a 5-year period to the dental school to provide dental care to the community.

The funding established the Bank of Hope (formerly Wilshire Bank) Community Outreach Fund, a fund which covers part of the supplies to examine, screen and treat individuals each year. The School of Dentistry also contributed $100,000 in in-kind donations including faculty time and expertise, and additional supplies and staff support in the School clinic.

The collaboration delivers oral health screening exams, oral care instructions and dental home care kits to people who are in dire need of dental care. In addition, the treatment plans generated by these annual screenings creates an opportunity for those severely lacking in access to receive definitive dental care and oral health education at the School of Dentistry’s clinics.

On an annual basis, the patient examination and screening procedures are held at a local bank branch, and actual dental treatments are held at the School’s Westwood clinic for selected patients from the screening procedures. Dental students are also active participants in the event. The first screenings took place on October 12th and October 19th, 2013 and will continue through 2017.

Contact Us

Nancy Reifel
Assistant Professor, Public Health & Community Dentistry
(310) 825-4320
nreifel@dentistry.ucla.edu