Dental Pipeline Program

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is one of 15 dental schools nationwide to participate in the national Dental Pipeline Program. Originally created as a four-year program, Dental Pipeline is designed to help increase access to dental care for underserved populations.

In 2003, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the California Endowment made grant funds available to U.S. dental schools to develop community-based clinical education programs that provide care to the most vulnerable populations and to increase recruitment and retention of low-income and under-represented minority students.

In July 2007, the California Endowment awarded all five California dental schools with an additional $6.8 million grant to extend efforts in achieving the objectives of Dental Pipeline in California. The Dugoni School serves as the administrator of the second phase grant funds.

Goals for the California Dental Pipeline Initiative include:

  • Enhance residency education programs
  • Recruit under-represented minority and low income students
  • Create partnerships with community clinics to enhance dental student community rotations, as well as increase quality of patient care
  • Participate in The California Endowment's California Policy Council
Community Capacity Study

In support of the work of the California Policy Council, in 2005 Pacific conducted the Community Capacity Study, a landmark analysis of the ability of community clinics to work with dental school's students and residents to improve access to oral health care.  To access the report from this survey, click the link below to the Community Capacity Study report. To access a searchable database of results from the study, click the link to the Community Capacity Study Database below. 

More Information

For more information about our participation in the Dental Pipeline program, please contact Dr. Paul Glassman, co-director and administrator for the California Dental Pipeline program, at 415.929.6490 or via email at