Montana-Regional Initiatives in Dental Education

Project Term: 12 months; 2018-2019
Grant Amount: $46,660

This one-year planning grant is a result of statewide gatherings convened by the Montana Oral Health Program in 2016 and 2017. Participants included health, human service and education professionals with a passion and history for improving Montanans’ oral health. The resulting Oral Health Strategic Framework states: “MSU, WWAMI and UW School of Dentistry will continue to develop a sustainable model of dental education in Montana with at least 50 UW SOD students completing rotations in rural, tribal, and underserved communities by 2023 to meet the oral care needs of rural residents, and to better understand the opportunities, challenges, and promise of serving in these settings.” This one-year planning project will put together a plan to reach that goal. Elements of the planning process are to 1) engage in collaborative planning with organizations across that state to increase the number of dental student rotation sites, 2) develop a plan to expand clinical training experiences for dental students, 3) deliver continuing development to oral health professionals, and 4) support collaboration among health professionals to support the delivery of dental care in rural and underserved areas.

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