A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) announced today that it is the recipient of a $1.7 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to strengthen interprofessional education among dental, medical, and physician assistant students.

The grant will support significant expansion of interprofessional education at ATSU. In which specifically, dental students will engage collaboratively in clinical settings with medical students from ATSU’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona and physician assistant students from ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences.

“This funding will greatly enrich interprofessional education at ATSU,” said Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH, dean, ATSU-ASDOH, grant project director . “Funding will support development of clinical curricula and experiences, bringing together three health professions to fully realize Dr. Andrew Taylor Still’s vision of whole person healthcare.”

Interprofessional education has remained a main focus area at ATSU and is an essential step in preparing collaborative, practice-ready health professionals. Over the course of five years, nearly 8,500 vulnerable and underserved patients will be served by 1,950 students and faculty through the enhanced workforce training initiative supported by the HRSA grant, “Expanding Dental Workforce Training Within Collaborative, Team-Based Care Targeting Federally Qualified Health Centers and Underserved Populations.”

“The future success of healthcare delivery worldwide will be built on a foundation of team-based, collaborative care centered around patients and communities. This grant will make a significant difference in how health professions students are educated,” said ATSU President Craig M. Phelps, DO, ’84.

ATSU-ASDOH’s short-term goals include integrating a diverse group of non-dental partner agencies like the Greater Valley Area Health Education Center to facilitate both didactic and clinical team-based care. The school also plans to expand collaboration to HealthPoint – a University community health center partner campus located in the Seattle area. There, fourth-year dental students and second-, third- and fourth-year medical students will learn from and work with each other to improve the delivery of patient care.

“This grant will create potent opportunities for ATSU students to work together collaboratively in the reality of clinical practice, to learn about, from, and with each other,” said Director of Interprofessional Education and Collaboration Barbara Maxwell, PT, DPT, MSc, Cert. THE, FNAP. “Healthcare delivered by these interprofessional teams will improve the lives of those they serve.”

Acknowledgement and Disclaimer: This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number D85HP20045; grant title Predoctoral Training in General, Pediatric, and Public Health Dentistry and Dental Hygiene; total award amount of $1,736,074; with 54 percent financed with nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


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MESA, Ariz. (July 2, 2014) – A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) and the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona (NKF AZ) announced today a multi-prong partnership to expand the network of dental professionals to treat patients with kidney failure.

NKF AZ received a multi-year grant from the Arizona Department of Health Services to provide patients increased access to transportation, nutrition services, and dental care for patients on dialysis and who are on a waiting list for a kidney transplant.

Maureen Romer, DDS, MPA, director, Center for Advanced Oral Health at ATSU-ASDOH, states patients must be free of dental disease because any potential infection puts a new organ in jeopardy.

Through mandatory training in advanced care dentistry, ATSU-ASDOH provides student doctors of dental medicine the necessary skills to treat patients with advanced oral healthcare needs. Through its advanced care clinic on the school’s Mesa, Ariz. campus, students work first-hand with patients to deliver care under the supervision of faculty dental professionals who provide training on appropriate treatment protocols for renal patients.

“The ATSU-ASDOH public clinics are sensitive to the ramifications of chronic kidney disease and transplantation for dental patients on dialysis and patients taking immunosuppressant drugs during the post-kidney transplant stages,” said James Ivie, PhD, patient services director at NKF AZ.

NKF AZ currently refers patients to the school’s clinic, however numbers are expected to increase as the grant becomes more fluid. NKF AZ and ATSU-ASDOH are looking to graduates of the dental school to help create an expanded network through their own practices. The network of trained providers will offer services ranging from, but not limited to exams, cleanings, and dental restorations.

Six ATSU-ASDOH graduates have already expressed interest in contributing to the new program.

“I am proud of our alumni who are committed to our community and who would like to provide care for patients with medical complications,” said Dr. Romer. “By creating an extended network of trained providers to see these patients, we are moving them toward optimum oral health.”


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ADEAGies Foundation Announces Winners of the 2014 William J. Gies Awards of Vision, Innovation and Achievement

A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) has been awarded the Gies Award for Outstanding Innovation by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).

The Gies Awards, named after dental education pioneer William J. Gies, Ph.D., honor individuals and organizations exemplifying dedication to the highest standards of vision, innovation and achievement in dental education, research and leadership.

“This prestigious award, the most preeminent award in dental education, recognizes ASDOH’s commitment to innovation and community service,” said ATSU-ASDOH Dean Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH. “ASDOH’s unique culture honors our students, faculty and staff, and promotes public health principles while producing community leaders committed to improving the overall health of the communities they serve. We are honored for this national recognition and look forward to continuing our innovative advancements in oral health, community service, and dental education.”

The Gies Awards will be presented March 17, 2014 at a ceremony held in conjunction with the 2014 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, taking place March 15-18, in San Antonio, TX. The 2014 honorees were selected by a distinguished panel of judges consisting of the ADEAGies Foundation Board of Trustees.

Previous Gies Award winners include University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (2013, Innovation category), University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry (2012, Innovation category),  Columbia University College of Dental Medicine (2009, Vision category), Harvard School of Dental Medicine  (2008, Vision category), University of North Carolina Craniofacial Center (2013, Achievement category), Dalhousie University Faculty of Dentistry (2012, Achievement category), and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (2011, Achievement category).

“ASDOH continues to innovate and redefine dental education,” said Roy Holexa, DDS, director, comprehensive care unit and assistant professor, ATSU-ASDOH. “Clinical services in pain management, dental sleep medicine, as well as a mobile application for dental care are being developed, and this is only the beginning.”

The William J. Gies (pronounced guys) Foundation was established in 1950 by colleagues and admirers of Dr. Gies with seed funds raised by the American College of Dentists. It was a private foundation and the first U.S. foundation to support dental education and scholarship. In 2002, it joined with the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) to form ADEA Gies Foundation, a public foundation.



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On Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) will announce the global expansion of Text2Floss – an innovative, mobile-based program promoting oral healthcare – at the 89th Annual Greater New York Dental Meeting.

In conjunction with ATSU-ASDOH, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association will officially announce its commitment to the continued success of Text2Floss through its global expansion where Latin America will be highlighted. Through a live broadcast, the program’s capabilities will be demonstrated by ATSU-ASDOH’s Dean, Jack Dillenberg, DDS, and program founder, Tony Hashemian, DDS, assistant dean of Global Oral Health.

Text2Floss is a free mobile information service and a not-for-profit initiative designed to raise the awareness of and promote oral health through text message technology backed by technological support from CellTrust Corporation.

Through a seven-day text message exchange, Text2Floss is available on a live platform at www.Text2Floss.com. Additionally, ATSU-ASDOH has started the development phases in a mobile app for the iPhone, which will forge a link between oral health and overall health.

“The widespread global use of cell phones combined with the popularity of text messaging makes Text2Floss a powerful and cost-effective medium for oral health messaging,” said Dr. Hashemian. “Text2Floss has the potential to reach people globally.”

The Greater NY Dental Meeting, in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization, will broadcast the Text2Floss expansion in Spanish at www.freeman-cloud.com/text2floss2013 (Users must be equipped with the latest version of Adobe Flash Player to view the webcast.)


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MESA, Ariz. — The makers of REACH® Floss and LISTERINE® Brand of Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. and A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) will partner in an innovative, mobile-based program to promote oral healthcare.

The Text2floss™ initiative is made possible by founding sponsor, makers of REACH® Floss and LISTERINE® Brand of Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. Through funding of a $50,000 grant, Text2floss is now actively recruiting individuals to participate in a seven day study through their mobile device. Users are instructed to go to www.text2floss.com or opt-in by texting the word FLOSS to 878787. Each day, participants are prompted by text message regarding their flossing behaviors.

Programs like Text2floss™ remind people of the importance of oral healthcare; promote the delivery of optimal patient care; transfer of newly acquired knowledge, skills, and technology to the profession; and to advocate health and wellness to the community.

“We are pleased to extend our long-standing commitment to professionals and their patients through support of the Text2floss program,” said Cheryl Burke, director, oral care professional sales and marketing. “As a company, our goal is not only to produce innovative products, but provide tools and other resources that together truly help promote superior oral health in the U.S. and around the world.”

Additional program benefits allow sharing of statistical data among professionals, enabling dental practitioners to promote the delivery of optimal patient care.

“Text2floss has the potential to reach people across the nation and globally through this healthy mobile movement,” said Text2floss founder Tony Hashemian, DDS, assistant dean, Global Oral Health, ATSU-ASDOH. “We strive to create solutions through improving oral health, leadership development, innovation, dental education, new technology, and the promotion of peace through positive collaboration.”

ATSU-ASDOH is Arizona’s first dental school, and became an advocate in addressing the nation’s oral healthcare needs in 2003. Programs like Text2floss support ATSU in its mission to continue serving those with little or no access to oral healthcare.

Through the generous support of founding sponsor, makers of REACH® Floss and LISTERINE® Brand of Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. and mobile partner CellTrust Corporation, the ATSU-ASDOH is confident Text2floss™ will better enhance healthy oral health behaviors.


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