Our mission is to enhance our students’ education while increasing access to care for vulnerable populations through sustainable community service.
Our vision is to close the gaps in oral health access through the dissemination of a proven CBCE program template as the first Academic Dental Service Organization for productive, accountable and sustainable community outreach locally, nationally and internationally.
Congruent with UCLA Dentistry's Strategic Imperative 1 – Prepare our students to deliver person-centered care in an integrated health care delivery system
We seek to develop and improve educational value through extramural clinical experiences to inspire trainees to develop attitudes and skills necessary for continued professional growth. Trainees gain real-world experiences in various dental practice models including Federally Qualified Health Centers, private offices, dental service organizations and mobile dentistry to enhance learning in patient engagement, practice management, team-based care delivery and humanistic culture.
Improve the Health of Vulnerable Populations
We strive to establish strong relationships with community champions with an unmet need to increase access to care for vulnerable populations through a multifaceted approach ultimately leading to an equitable workforce distribution through recruitment and retention, enhanced site operational efficiency and interprofessional care.