Dental Pipeline Project Seeks to Increase Number of Practitioners Serving Black and Low-Income Communities

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation of Princeton, New Jersey, has contributed $4 million to a program it created in 2001 to address the lack of dental care in low-income communities. The funds are distributed to dental schools across the United States for them to use to increase the number of black and other minority dental students. The grants also support a program where dental students at participating schools provide care to low-income students in community clinics.

Fifteen dental schools currently participate in the Dental Pipeline Project. They are located at Boston University, Howard University, Meharry Medical College, Temple University, Ohio State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of California at San Francisco. Also participating are the University of Connecticut, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Washington, West Virginia University, Loma Linda University, UCLA, the University of the Pacific, and the University of Southern California.