Pacific Center for Special Care

The Pacific Center for Special Care is an organization within the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry committed to improving the health of vulnerable people in the Bay Area, across California and the nation. The Pacific Center has created best-practice models of, and advocated for improved access to dental care for anyone who faces challenges receiving oral health services through the traditional oral health care system. This includes groups and individuals who have difficulty maintaining good oral health or accessing oral health services because of medical, physical, social, economic and geographic conditions. There are many core faculty and staff who have long contributed to the mission of the Pacific Center.

The mission of the Pacific Center for Special Care is to:

  • Improve the health of vulnerable people and populations by improving and maintaining oral health
  • Identify and raise awareness of the many barriers to good oral health for vulnerable people and populations
  • Create innovative solutions and opportunities to improve access to care and outcomes across oral health, general health, and social services professionals and advocacy, educational, and government organizations.
  • Inform and reform the oral health care system so that it can be responsive to the circumstances and needs of people from diverse backgrounds, and with diverse conditions and complex needs.
projects of the PCSC

Introducing new systems of promoting oral health and the overall wellbeing of underserved communities.

Virtual Dental Home system of care
Virtual Dental Home

We are pioneering a new way to provide dental care to underserved communities.

Training courses offered by PCSC

Educational programs offered by the Pacific Center to assist healthcare providers with people with special needs.

Dugoni School and CDA Co-Host Symposium on Oral Health Care for Older Adults

Participants included leading education, health care and policy experts from throughout California.