Dental School receives $6.5 million in HRSA grants
The Dental School at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio has received more than $6.5 million in grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration. The five grants are funding programs and projects being implemented during the current academic year in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry.
The grants were awarded to Professor Jeffery Hicks, D.D.S.; David Cappelli, Ph.D., D.M.D., M.P.H., associate professor and director of the Public Health Dental Residency Program; and Jane E.M. Steffensen, M.P.H., CHES, also an associate professor.
“We are pleased to get this vote of confidence from HRSA for our programs,” said Dental School Dean Kenneth Kalkwarf. “This amount of funding during difficult economic times shows that our programs are on track and have value, not only for our 38-county service area in South Texas, but throughout the state.”
More AEGD residents
Dr. Hicks was awarded three grants totaling nearly $3.5 million. The largest award, a five-year grant for $2,849,971, will be used to expand the Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program. The number of residency slots will be increased from 10 to 15 residents, and more residents from underrepresented groups will be recruited into the program that provides advance primary-care dental education and training in San Antonio and Laredo.
He received two additional grants for $299,500 each. One will provide updated equipment for the AEGD program, while the other will be used to buy computer technology, digital radiology equipment and clinic equipment used to train undergraduate dental students.
Public health dentistry programs
Dr. Cappelli was awarded two grants totaling $3.1 million that will address public health dentistry throughout the state.
The Texas Oral Health Workforce Grant is a collaboration with the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. This three-year project, totaling $1,507,905, will expand existing programs that provide preventive services to children in Bexar County and will integrate a case management approach to addressing the oral health needs of these children. This program will serve as a model to be implemented throughout the state.
Drs. Cappelli and Steffensen are co-principal investigators on the second grant,a five-year effort totalling $1,593,420 that will enhance the dental public health pre-doctoral curriculum. The aim of the San Antonio Dental Public Health and Diversity Pre-doctoral Education Program is to infuse an appreciation of public health dentistry and outcomes of evidence-based health practices, and develop a pipeline of dental students who are interested in pursuing a career in public health dentistry.
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