Pacific Center for Special Care Wins Gies Award for Innovation

October 31, 2016

Virtual Dental Home


The Dugoni School's Pacific Center for Special Care has won the 2017 William J. Gies Award for "Innovation" in the Academic Dental Institution category. This special honor from the American Dental Education Association Gies Foundation will be presented on March 20, 2017 at the ADEA Annual Session in Long Beach, Calif.

Named after dental education pioneer William J. Gies, Ph.D., the Gies Awards annually recognize individuals and organizations for contributions to global oral health and education initiatives. The winners exemplify dedication to the highest standards of vision, innovation and achievement in dental education, research and leadership.

The recognition comes as a result of the Pacific Center's long commitment to oral health education and care for people in California and throughout the country who experience barriers to accessing dental services. Dr. Paul Glassman, director of the Pacific Center for Special Care, along with his team have worked hard to make an impact on oral healthcare at the local, state and national levels. They have educated thousands of dental professionals, allied health professionals, caregivers, and dental students and faculty. They create best-practice models of, and advocate for, improved access to dental care for anyone who faces challenges receiving oral health services through the traditional oral health care system.

The Pacific Center's groundbreaking work on the "Virtual Dental Home" is just one example of an innovative oral health care delivery system. The 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. The system brings much-needed services to individuals who might otherwise not receive care.

"We commend Dr. Glassman and all of the team members at the Pacific Center for Special Care for their leadership, advocacy and innovative solutions in addressing care for underserved people here in California and around the country," said Dr. Nader A. Nadershahi, dean of the Dugoni School. "We are excited that their work has received this national attention from the dental education community."

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