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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) announced today a $1.2 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Grant funding will enhance primary care education and better prepare medical students to reduce health disparities and barriers to care for vulnerable populations, improve patient engagement, and become leaders in the Primary Care Workforce Competencies endorsed by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative.

“This funding will position ATSU students for the ever-changing healthcare environment and strengthen the focus on primary care needs,” said grant project director Margaret Wilson, DO, dean ATSU-KCOM. “Developing leaders for communities to address issues such as chronic disease management, health disparities, and patient engagement will improve health for all.”

Increasing demand for new primary care graduates – coupled with growing retirement of seasoned providers – suggests the profession will sorely lack primary care leaders needed to transform healthcare systems.

“Our University is grateful for this opportunity to enhance primary care education of future healthcare leaders. This grant will help ensure a new generation of healthcare providers meet the primary care needs of patients well into the future,” said ATSU President Craig M. Phelps, DO.

Through HRSA funding, ATSU-KCOM will look to address these issues through strategic planning that prioritizes innovative educational approaches for an evolving healthcare workforce, strategic partnerships, diversity, and interprofessional education.

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 TOBHP28556; grant title Primary Care Training and Enhancement; total award amount of $1,203,168; with 43 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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A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU) is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

GCTFThe results, released today in The Chronicle’s eighth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of 281 colleges and universities.

In all, 86 of the 281 institutions achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition for specific best practices and policies. Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions, with ATSU included among the medium universities with 3,000 to 9,999 students.

ATSU won honors in two categories: compensation and benefits, and work-life balance.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized for such a distinguished tribute. ATSU is devoted to our internal community; and we are committed to fostering an environment where faculty, staff, and students feel valued, empowered, and supported both in and outside of the workplace,” said ATSU President Craig M. Phelps, DO.

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies from each institution, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.

“The institutions that the Great Colleges program recognizes provide innovative educational experiences – while also offering their employees outstanding workplace experiences – and we are eager to help readers learn more about them,” said Liz McMillen, The Chronicle’s editor. “The selection process is rigorous and being named to the list is a tremendous accomplishment, but it also positions colleges and universities well to recruit the people that make them a success.”

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ceph_mastA.T. Still University’s College of Graduate Health Studies (ATSU-CGHS) announced its Master of Public Health and Master of Public Health-Dental Emphasis programs received accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) extending through July 1, 2020.

“It is a great honor to have ATSU’s public health programs accredited by CEPH,” said Don Altman, DDS, DHSc, MPH, MBA, MA, dean of ATSU’s College of Graduate Health Studies. “This specialized accreditation avows the quality of the University’s online master’s in public health programs and commitment to adequately prepare students. Graduates are recognized as being knowledgeable and competent to carry out public health functions in local, state, national, and international settings.”

CEPH is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, that accredits schools of public health and public health programs. It is the only agency recognized to accredit graduate schools of public health and graduate public health programs outside schools of public health.

To earn and maintain accreditation, schools and programs must meet specific educational quality standards defined by CEPH. These standards relate to the school or program’s organization and instructional programs. The school or program’s creation, application and advancement of knowledge, and faculty, staff, and students are also standards defined by CEPH.

The programs received the maximum initial accreditation of five years. CEPH currently accredits 56 schools and 108 programs.

“The accreditation process requires commitment from administrators, faculty, staff, students, and other constituents,” said CEPH Executive Director Laura Rasar King, MPH, MCHES. “The Council recognizes the efforts of A.T. Still University to make ongoing improvements to ensure that students receive a high-quality education that advances them toward their career goals.”

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A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) announced today 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 (IPE) among dental, medical, and physician assistant students.

The grant will support significant expansion of IPE 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. ATSU will also engage non-dental partner agencies, including the Veterans Affairs Health Care Clinics and Greater Valley Area Health Education Center to facilitate both didactic and clinical team-based care.

“This funding will greatly enrich interprofessional education at ATSU,” said ATSU-ASDOH Dean and Grant Project Director Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH. “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 is 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 (FQHC) 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.

“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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$24 million, 79,000-square-foot clinic will serve St. Louis residents in need while training dental students for careers in community healthcare

Opening MOSDOH Clinic STL-27ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Dental Education and Oral Health Clinic will open its doors for the first time today at 1500 Park Avenue near Lafayette Square. A pioneering collaboration between ATSU and Affinia Healthcare (formerly, Grace Hill Health Centers), the $24 million, 79,000-square-foot facility is expected to provide oral healthcare for thousands of underserved St. Louis-area residents while training third- and fourth-year students of ATSU’s Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH) for careers in community dentistry and public health. The first ATSU-MOSDOH class, comprising 42 students, will begin working with patients under faculty supervision in early July. Affinia Healthcare, a community health center organization, will operate the 92-chair dental clinic.

Cannon Design and Musick Construction, both of St. Louis, were integral to the architecture and construction of the new facility. Musick Construction was chosen because of their success in meeting diversity requirements specified by city ordinance and the mayor’s Executive Order #46. The order mandates diversity in redevelopment projects supported with Tax Increment Financing.

Said ATSU President Craig M. Phelps, DO, “The St. Louis community has been wonderful to work with during the planning, permitting, and construction process. ATSU looks forward to serving alongside Affinia Healthcare and others in providing greater access to oral healthcare for all.”

Opening MOSDOH Clinic STL-21The St. Louis Dental Education and Oral Health Clinic will be the primary clinical education site for students at ATSU-MOSDOH, which was founded in 2013 to address the disparities in oral healthcare in Missouri and across the nation. Following two years of classroom learning at the University’s Kirksville, Missouri campus, students will move to St. Louis to complete their final two years at the new dental clinic and work directly with patients under the supervision of ATSU faculty members. Students will give back as they learn; their ability to provide basic oral care will enable the clinic to serve thousands of patients each year.

This innovative model of oral health education offers students a first-hand view of, and experience in, community healthcare. The approach reflects ATSU-MOSDOH’s mission to train community-minded dentists who will help fill the gap in oral health practitioners working in underserved, rural, and urban communities. That mission is also reflected in ATSU-MOSDOH’s requirement that students earn not only a doctor of dental medicine degree, but a certificate in public health as well.

Alan O. Freeman, FACHE, president and CEO of Affinia Healthcare, said, “We are privileged to partner with ATSU in this groundbreaking endeavor. It is incredibly rewarding to be a part of the solution for the future of oral health access in Missouri and across the region.”

Opening MOSDOH Clinic STL-51The clinic will be staffed by healthcare professionals who will provide the full spectrum of oral health services. These include preventive care (checkups, cleanings), periodontics (the treatment of dental diseases), endodontics (root canal), prosthodontics (crowns, implants, bridges, and dentures), radiography (dental X-rays), oral surgery (extractions and other complicated surgical procedures), and the repair of dentures and implants. The clinic will also offer some orthodontic care.

In addition to providing basic and advanced dental care to adults, children, and the elderly, the clinic will offer specialty care dentistry and access to special needs communities. Experts in this critical specialty treat patients with complex oral health conditions or medically complex illnesses like cancer, cardiac disease, hemophilia, and kidney disease; patients who are on dialysis or who are diabetic; and patients with physical or developmental challenges such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia.

“By working directly with the full spectrum of dental professionals to care for patients in need, ATSU students will receive an education in community-based dentistry. Upon graduation, they will be uniquely equipped to become public health leaders dedicated to improving life for patients in need,” said Christopher Halliday, DDS, MPH, dean of ATSU-MOSDOH.

To make an appointment or for more information regarding payment options, please call 314.833.2700.

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