Pacific Center for Special Care Receives Funding from DentaQuest Institute

February 27, 2017

Virtual Dental Home

The teledentistry model brings oral healthcare to underserved people in a community setting, such as a school, community center or nursing home.

The Pacific Center for Special Care at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry has received a grant award from the DentaQuest Institute to launch a new initiative, the California Virtual Dental Home (VDH) Learning Collaborative. The Pacific Center will receive $384,675 in funding and another $400,000 will go directly to dental care providers who participate in the Learning Collaborative.

The collaborative will be modeled after the Institute for Health Improvement's Breakthrough Series Model. In a two-year process, a cohort of dental care providers will be guided and supported to design and run a Virtual Dental Home system in their community. The expectation is that these systems will become self-sustaining after that time. The grant will support two cohorts of providers.

"This funding represents an important opportunity to collaborate with, and use the training expertise, of the DentaQuest Institute combined with Pacific's Virtual Dental Home expertise to train new providers, expand the VDH system, and bring oral health to many more underserved people in California," said Dr. Paul Glassman, director of the Pacific Center and professor of dental practice at the Dugoni School.

The DentaQuest Institute is a not-for-profit organization focused on improving efficiency, effectiveness and quality in dental care. Through its work to align clinical practice with science-based research, the DentaQuest Institute is helping oral health professionals find new ways to partner with patients to prevent and manage oral diseases. To learn more, click here.

The Pacific Center for Special Care is an organization within the Dugoni School committed to improving the oral health of underserved people on the local, state and federal level. The Pacific Center's innovative Virtual Dental Home telehealth system brings oral health care services to underserved populations in a community setting, such as a school, community center or nursing home. For more information about the Virtual Dental Home model, click here.


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