Community Outreach and Education
The Surgeon General has identified oral health as the number one unmet health care need in the country for children and adults in underserved communities. The College of Dentistry offers some of the leading outreach programs in the country, enabling us to meet the needs in underserved communities while preparing student practitioners to serve diverse populations.
Community outreach programs and education curriculum include:
- The Ohio State College of Dentistry OHIO Project has created and cultivated partnerships to provide dental care to underserved Ohioans in counties across the state.
- The Dental H.O.M.E. (Health Outreach Mobile Experience) Coach, an OHIO Project clinical site, enables faculty-supervised dental students to provide basic dental treatment to approximately 2,000 children annually at Columbus City Schools during regular classroom hours.
Other outreach activities of the OSU College of Dentistry include:
- Dentistry from the Heart
- African American Male Wellness Walk
- Give Kids a Smile Day
- Head Start Screenings
- LaClinica Latina
- Picnic of Hope
- Ohio State University Hospital East
All community outreach and education programs are managed by the Office of Community Education and are part of the 4th year dental curriculum.