Connecting education with community need

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, is expanding and moving its dental clinic to the poorest, and one of the oldest, neighborhoods of Cleveland, funded by a $1 million grant from the Delta Dental Foundation (DDF).

The Delta Dental Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Clinic will house 210 treatment rooms—120 for general practice dentistry and the remainder for specialty dental practices.

It’s opening in a three-story, 130,000-square-foot building on the new Health Education Campus in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood. It is expected to treat about 25,000 patients per year, and payment will be on a sliding fee scale to assist uninsured, low-income patients.

The new Health Education Campus project is a partnership with the Cleveland Clinic and will focus on interprofessional care, in which students of two or more health professions learn together. The Delta Dental AEGD Clinic will be part of the dental school’s community dental clinic.

The DDF has a longstanding partnership with the CWRU School of Dental Medicine, including support through dental student scholarships, student leadership awards and an annual Community Commitment Award.