Over the last 10 years, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Dentistry has implemented Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded programs to prepare dentists for the complex and comprehensive needs of pediatric patients within rapidly changing demographics and a paradigm shift in dentistry.
The overall purpose of the Community Access, Reach and Education in Pediatric Dentistry (CARE-PD) program is to enhance residency training to more effectively prepare dentists to meet the growing oral health needs of children from underserved and high-need vulnerable populations in Los Angeles and beyond.
CARE-PD will support continual updates to the innovative curriculum and enhance integration of pediatric dentistry concepts in pediatric medical and nursing education. Partnerships with community health clinics and Head Start/Early Head Start programs will be strengthened, especially with those serving rural and migrant families, to improve pediatric oral health outcomes through prevention education and early detection of dental issues.
CARE-PD, the interprofessional training for our Pediatric Residency Program, strengthens and supports the vision of the UCLA Center for Children's Oral Health (UCCOH).
UCCOH is a multidisciplinary initiative utlizing evidence-based research translated to clinical care in order to achieve policy developments and advocacy in the interest of improving children's oral health around the world.
Visit our UCCOH page at www.UCCOH.org to learn more!