The Office of Educational Partnerships and Diversity
In the video below, two recent UW School of Dentistry graduates, Danielle Stimson and Jessica Bremerman, share their experiences of what being a Native American in dentistry is like.
There is a great lack of access to dental care in many communities throughout Washington state. In addition, there is an underrepresentation of dentists and other oral health care providers from under-served communities. Causes include poverty and lack of education and knowledge of educational opportunities.
The Office of Educational Partnerships and Diversity works to build infrastructure to support projects in which Dental students can play an important role in helping alleviate many of these problems. Dental students provide much needed care, and act as teachers and mentors to youth from these communities. Community interaction of this type, has the potential to not only improve the oral health of the under-served community directly but also increase the number of dentists, educators and leaders within these communities in the long term.