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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. – A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) announced today that their clinics will accept most medical and dental insurance carriers effective Monday, July 8.

ATSU-ASDOH features four public clinics, which offer a variety of comprehensive dental services to patients at a lower cost. Three of its clinics are located on the University’s Mesa campus and its other, Dental Care West, in Glendale.

“We are happy to announce that patients seeking general or advanced care dentistry services may now have the option to apply their medical or dental insurance,” said ATSU-ASDOH Dean Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH. “This capability will afford patients easy access to our four celebrated clinics.”

Under the supervision of renowned dental professionals, services provided at each of the University’s clinics are rendered by ATSU-ASDOH student doctors. Patients with complex cases may be seen by residents of ATSU-ASDOH’s Advanced Education in General Dentistry program. These residents have already graduated from dental school and have returned for advanced training.

ATSU-ASDOH’s most recent development is its nearly 22,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art oral healthcare center, which is slated to open Monday, July 8.

The Center for Advanced Oral Health is located on the Mesa campus location and will offer multiple dental specialty services to patients through either of the two clinics that comprise it – Advanced Care Clinic and Orthodontic Clinic.

The Advanced Care Clinic will provide comprehensive care for individuals with complicated oral health needs or medically complex conditions including, but not limited to: cancer, cardiac disease, renal disease, bleeding disorders, physical disabilities and developmental disabilities. It will also feature a bariatric suite specially-designed for patients over 350 pounds. The Orthodontic Clinic, a pre-existing ATSU-ASDOH clinic, provides comprehensive orthodontic services for adolescents and adults.

For information on services offered or to schedule an appointment, please call 480.248.8100. For Dental Care West in Glendale, please call 623.251.4700.

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MESA, Ariz. – Joseph C. Creech, Jr., DDS, associate professor and director of pediatric dentistry,  A.T. Still UniversityArizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, has been elected president of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD).

“As President of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, it is my honor to lead the continued legacy of the Board,” said Dr. Creech. “This legacy is based on standards of excellence that lead to high quality oral health care for infants, children, adolescents, and patients with special health care needs.”

Creechfinal[1]Dr. Creech was elected at the Annual Session of the ABPD held on May 26 in Orlando, Fla.  He will serve as president of ABPD for one year.

“ABPD is further committed to lifelong learning through a renewal of certification process and values the provision of the highest quality dental care for children,” said Dr. Creech. “Such dental care is thoughtful, careful, ethical and based on the most recent scientific evidence. It takes into account the best interest of the patient and their parent.”

Dr. Creech is also a partner with Pediatric Dental Specialists in Gilbert and Chandler and has been in practice in the East Valley since 1980.

 

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MESA, Ariz. A.T. Still Univeristy’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) is proud to announce phase two of its Text2Floss initiative made possible by a generous grant received from DentaQuest Foundation’s Innovation Fund for Oral Health.

A total of $199,985 was awarded to support the Text2Floss project, which will fund its next phase of development. The proposal, An Innovative Option to Improve Oral Health Behavior, outlines a plan to advance and expand the platform’s HIPAA compliant and standard messaging system (SMS). The expansion introduces funding for an iPhone oral health app and integration of the Text2Floss SMS program with Dentrix Enterprise software. Both facets focus on the mission of raising awareness about the importance of oral health and to encourage flossing as an important daily hygiene habit and its impact to overall health.

The integration with Dentrix software will facilitate two-way messaging between patient mobile phones and electronic patient records, while the feature offered to iPhone users will create easier access to the Text2Floss text messaging program.

Both products will be pilot-tested at the ATSU-ASDOH-affiliated San Ysidro Health Center in San Diego County. A phase one pilot study was conducted in 2012 using the standard SMS technology.

“The phase two project will allow ATSU-ASDOH oral healthcare experts and its generous partners to continue collaborating to expand and refine this unique platform to promote healthy oral habits,” Tony Hashemian, DDS, Text2Floss founder and director, assistant dean, Global Oral Health at ATSU-ASDOH said. “We are excited, optimistic, and so grateful for the generosity of DentaQuest Foundation.”

The DentaQuest Foundation was established in 2000 with a mission to support and promote optimal oral health. The Foundation collaborates with partners in communities across the United States, connecting key stakeholders, raising awareness, and supporting solutions.

Also leading the Text2Floss initiative are ATSU-ASDOH partners CellTrust Corporation and RIESTER.

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Honor Roll

ATSU is named to the President's Honor Roll with distinction.

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – A.T. Still University (ATSU) has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognizes colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. On campuses across the country, thousands of students joined their faculty to develop innovative programs and projects to meet local needs using the skills gained in their classrooms.

“Congratulations to A.T. Still University and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Our nation’s students are a critical part of the equation and vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges we face.”

ATSU was named to the Honor Roll based on a series of selection factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

In 2009, nearly 60 percent of ATSU’s student body spent more than 13,000 volunteer hours serving the University’s local communities near its two campuses in Kirksville, Mo., and Mesa, Ariz.

Students and faculty at ATSU’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine organized and participated in outreach projects including the Court Appointed Special Advocacy program, which advocates for abused and neglected children in the justice system. The program has been so successful that it has recently moved into adjacent counties to serve even more at-risk youth.

At ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH), the Give Kids a Smile® project provided free dental care to local underserved children. At the one-day event, more than 200 children received care with the cost of the donated treatment totaling more than $100,000.

ASDOH students and faculty also participated in the Special Smiles project, during which they provided oral health screenings, referrals, and education for Special Olympic athletes; the American Indian Oral Health & Dental Career Outreach project where they educated American Indian high school students about oral health and careers in dentistry; and the Project Challenge Oral Health & Drug Prevention program where they worked with troubled teens to raise awareness about methamphetamines’ effect on oral health and other issues relating to teenage oral health.

At ATSU’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, students and faculty provided full physical exams to underserved Hispanic children and adults.

“I am proud of our students, faculty, and staff who always come together in a common cause and contribute generously and often to serve the needs of others,” said ATSU President Jack Magruder.

The University partners with numerous organizations that support student community service activities. These organizations include local elementary schools, state universities, hospitals, Women Infant Children centers, Head Start centers, Special Olympics, Arizona Coalition for Tomorrow, county health departments, community centers, community health centers, senior centers, and nursing homes.

College students make a significant contribution to the volunteer sector; in 2009, 3.16 million students performed more than 300 million hours of service, according to the Volunteering in America study released by the Corporation. Each year, the Corporation invests more than $150 million in fostering a culture of service on college campuses through grants awarded by its programs; the education awards that AmeriCorps members receive at the conclusion of their term of service to pay for college; and through support of training, research, recognition, and other initiatives to spur college service.

The Corporation oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.

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The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov.

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