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Community Voices Healthcare for the Underserved Committee. 2006. Bridging the gap: Partnerships between dental schools and colleges to produce a workforce to fully serve America's diverse communities. Atlanta, GA: Community Voices, 49 pp.

Community Voices, Health Care for the Underserved
Morehouse School of Medicine, National Center for Primary Care 720 Westview Drive, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30310

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This report outlines a feasibility study and recommendations for implementing a model that would increase underrepresented minority (URM) student enrollment in dental schools to expand the oral health work force and to increase its diversity. The report, which includes an executive summary and introduction, discusses the model's educational framework, increasing URM enrollment, the need for new oral health practitioners, principles and assumptions for a new strategy to improve URM participation in dentistry, adapting the Sophie Davis model, an outline of the university and dental school years, faculty and financial considerations, and alternate pathways to accreditation. Appendices include a curriculum scheme, current enrollment statistics, additional information on financial considerations, and a discussion of standardized testing as a barrier to admissions.

Keywords: Oral health, Dental care, Provider participation, Dentists, Public health dentists, Personnel, Professional education, Dental schools, Underserved communities, Strategic plans, Models, College bound students, Adults

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