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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. The Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) recently awarded a $1 million grant (effective April 1, 2014) to A.T. Still University (ATSU) to assist the University with the design and construction of a 79,000-square-foot dental education and oral health clinic in St. Louis. This high-need dental clinic will serve as the primary clinical education site for dental students in ATSU’s Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH) enabling more than 39,000 patient visits per year in the St. Louis metro area. The clinic is expected to have up to 95 dental chairs for provision of care to patients of all ages.

ATSU President Craig M. Phelps, DO, ’84, states “Seeing the new dental clinic come to life is a true testament of the University’s mission. Without the support of partners like MFH, we may not have the opportunity to someday see children in these communities pursue their own healthcare careers and return to work in a clinic like this one. When the mission to serve comes full circle, together we will have changed the face of healthcare and made a real difference in our state.”

The goal of ATSU-MOSDOH is to educate a new generation of community-minded dentists who will help fill widespread oral healthcare workforce gaps in rural and urban communities, specifically within safety-net settings where outreach to underserved patients is achieved.

Unlike any other school in the Midwest, graduates of ATSU-MOSDOH will earn the doctor of dental medicine (DMD) degree along with a certificate or master’s degree in public health. The first class of 42 students started at MOSDOH on Oct. 1, 2013, and will transition to the newly completed clinic in June 2015.

This 2014 award from MFH marks a cumulative $4 million investment in the development of ATSU-MOSDOH – the only dental school in MFH’s service area.

“MFH is pleased to partner with an organization like ATSU-MOSDOH, with its mission to address the oral health needs of the underserved in our state. The new St. Louis dental education clinic is going to make a positive difference, increasing oral healthcare access for many who have nowhere else to go,” said Web Brown, MSW, MFH program director, oral health.

Missourians, particularly high-risk populations, continue to struggle in terms of accessing dental care services. The state ranks 41st in the nation relative to adults who visit a dentist annually. Services to be provided at the new clinic include oral health promotion/disease prevention, oral surgery, periodontics, pediatric dentistry, radiography, restorations, extractions, endodontics, fabrication and repair of dentures, implants, and treatment of chronic disease.

ATSU-MOSDOH students will work directly with a full spectrum of dental professionals and dental team members. The School will produce caring, culturally proficient, technologically adept dentists with a strong background in community-based dentistry. The students trained within this facility will develop treatment plans for not only individual patients, but will also have the knowledge and capability to develop oral health promotion/disease prevention solutions for entire communities,” said Christopher Halliday, DDS, MPH, dean, ATSU-MOSDOH.

During the third and fourth academic years, dental students, working under faculty supervision, will provide much needed care and service to disadvantaged populations by working in community-based clinics – both the primary location in St. Louis and in selected community health center clinics throughout Missouri.

MOSDOH graduates are expected to be leaders in their communities and managers of public, not-for-profit, and private sector oral health organizations. This workforce expansion aims to incrementally decrease the maldistribution and shortage of dental providers through Missouri and the Midwest. ATSU-MOSDOH remains grateful to the MFH for continued investment in this innovative workforce education model.

Missouri Foundation for Health is a philanthropic organization whose vision is to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves. 

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Dr. Tinning with ATSU President Craig Phelps, DO, ’84

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. Fred C. Tinning, PhD, president emeritus of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, (now A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine) received a doctor of osteopathic education honorary degree at ATSU-KCOM’s commencement on May 17, 2014.

Dr. Tinning of Lansing, Michigan, served as president of KCOM from 1984-1996, and has 45 years of experience in educational administration, medical education and consulting, and rehabilitation counseling. Dr. Tinning received his PhD from Michigan State University in 1973.

To name just a few of his many honors, Dr. Tinning is a 2003 winner of the Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association Living Tribute Award for his outstanding service and achievements in the osteopathic field and in 2011, received the American Osteopathic Association’s Great Pioneers Award for his dedication and commitment to the growth of osteopathic medicine. ATSU-KCOM’s Tinning Education Center was named in his honor in 1994, two years before his retirement.

From 2006-07, he served as president of Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima, Washington, where he also holds the title of president emeritus.

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Members of the stage party turn the dirt for at the clinic site.

Members of the stage party turn the dirt at the clinic site.

ST. LOUIS – A groundbreaking ceremony for A.T. Still University-Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health’s (ATSU-MOSDOH) new St. Louis, Missouri, dental education and oral health clinic was held on Friday, April 25, 2014. The new 79,000-square-foot building will be located at the intersection of Truman Parkway and Park Avenue, a short distance east of La Fayette Square.

“Not only will this school provide an incredible opportunity for students to get hands-on, real world experience in a clinic setting, but it will also provide oral health services that are in critical need in this community,” said Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.

Remarks were also made by several St. Louis dignitaries, including Mayor Francis Slay, as well as ATSU President Craig Phelps, DO, ’84, and Christopher Halliday, DDS, MPH, ATSU-MOSDOH dean. Grace Hill Health Centers Inc., represented on stage by Alan Freeman, president and CEO, will manage the clinic in partnership with ATSU.

“On these grounds you will see individuals, families, and communities being taken care of,” said Dr. Phelps.  “When we see young men and women from these neighborhoods fulfilling their dream to become a healthcare professional, working in this clinic, and returning to this community to provide healthcare to the people of St. Louis and Missouri, we will have reached our ultimate goal.”

The groundbreaking concluded with a ceremonial turning of the soil by the stage party, ATSU’s Board of Trustees, and the 42 members of ATSU-MOSDOH’s inaugural class of 2017.

Musick Construction and Cannon Design, both of St. Louis, will serve as  the general contractor and architect for the project, respectively.  For more information on the new clinic, visit www.atsu.edu/mosdoh.

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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU) has contracted Musick Construction as its partner for building the University’s new St. Louis dental education and oral health clinic for the Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH). Musick Construction is a St. Louis-based general contractor with more than 100 years of experience in the construction industry as a family-owned business.

“ATSU is pleased to work with Musick Construction on this important project. Improving lives of Missourians through increased access to oral healthcare and education are goals important to ATSU, Grace Hill Health Centers, and Musick Construction,” said ATSU President Craig M. Phelps, DO, ’84.

The new 79,000-square-foot building, designed by Cannon Design, will be located at the intersection of Truman Parkway and Park Avenue, a short distance east of La Fayette Square. The new facility is part of the City Hospital redevelopment effort.

“Musick Construction is honored to participate in the development of ATSU’s dental clinic in St. Louis.  We are certain ATSU-MOSDOH will be one of the nation’s preeminent dental schools and an asset to the St. Louis community, as well as the state of Missouri and the entire Midwest region at large,” said Don C. Musick, III, CEO, Musick Construction Co.

After spending two years on the Kirksville, Mo., campus, ATSU-MOSDOH students will relocate to St. Louis for third-year and fourth-year clinical experiences at the newly constructed clinic operated in partnership with Grace Hill Health Centers Inc. (GHHC). Under faculty supervision, students will deliver care to a full spectrum of patients including children, adults, geriatric patients, the disabled, the homeless, and the uninsured. Students will see approximately 9,400 active patients annually resulting in more than 39,200 annual encounters.

ATSU-MOSDOH and GHHC will employ approximately 95 professionals at the clinic who will provide needed oral health services and instruct dental students. The groundbreaking ceremony will take place Friday, April 25, 2014.

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Kim Butler Perry DDS MSCS (1)KIRKSVILLE, Mo. Christopher G. Halliday, DDS, MPH, dean of A.T. Still University’s Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH) is pleased to announce Kim Butler Perry, DDS, MSCS, has accepted the role of associate dean, clinical operations/director of dental services for the University’s new dental education and oral health clinic in St. Louis. The clinic is a pioneering collaboration between the University and Grace Hill Health Centers, Inc. (GHHC), its operations partner. Dr. Perry will assume her duties with the University and GHHC beginning April 21, 2014.

“Dr. Perry’s extensive experience in academia, public health, and clinical dentistry will augment well the innovative clinical training ATSU-MOSDOH students will receive,” says Dean Halliday. “She will be a very welcome addition to the School, and her extensive knowledge of clinical dentistry and dental education will greatly benefit the community served by ATSU-MOSDOH students and Grace Hill Health Centers.”

“GHHC is delighted Dr. Perry is coming on board,” said Alan Freeman, GHHC president and CEO.  “This multifaceted executive role is key, and we believe she is a perfect fit.”

Dr. Perry most recently served as associate dean of clinical affairs and associate professor for the Office of Restorative Sciences at Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in Nashville, Tenn. She received her DDS in 1988 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, Chapel Hill, N.C., and in 2006 was selected as the first dental faculty member in the United States into a NIH Roadmap Clinical and Translational Research Scholar Master’s Program. Dr. Perry completed her master of science in clinical science degree with distinction from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Perry’s experience spans more than 25 years in leadership and clinical care in oral health, in addition to a broad range of research focusing on health disparities, health promotion disease prevention, and vulnerable children.  She has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout her career including several Army commendation and achievement medals focused on dentistry and service.

ATSU-MOSDOH’s St. Louis dental education and oral health clinic will provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art oral healthcare in a community health center setting for some of Missouri’s most underserved, including those without access to care, and serve as a “home” for the School’s third- and fourth-year student clinical experiences.

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A.T. Still University’s Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH) was founded to address the disparities in oral healthcare in Missouri and across the nation. One of only two dental schools in the state, ATSU-MOSDOH will graduate a new generation of community-minded dentists who have an in-depth understanding of and a commitment to serving at-risk populations. For more information, visit www.atsu.edu/mosdoh.

 

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