Dental Health Outreach Mobile Experience (H.O.M.E. Coach)
Focus on Service
Access to dental care is the number one unmet health care need for Ohio’s children*, but this health care gap is bridged as the College of Dentistry’s Dental "H.O.M.E" Coach, which travels to Columbus City Schools, providing great dental care —and genuine caring—to young Ohioans in need.
Originally funded by a donation from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations, the Dental H.O.M.E. (Health Outreach Mobile Experience) Coach is a component of the College of Dentistry’s OHIO Project, which places fourth year dental students in community clinics, hospitals, and private practices that provide care to underserved populations.
Through a recent donation from the Delta Dental Foundation, the Dental H.O.M.E. Coach will continue to fulfill its mission of delivering comprehensive dental care to school children. In 2012 alone, OSU students provided more than 10,096 dental procedures to underserved children in Columbus under direct supervision of faculty and residents of Nationwide Children's Hospital — this number equates to an estimated $353,000 back to families in Franklin County.
*The Ohio Department of Health, 2012 Oral Health and Access to Dental Care for Ohioans.