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Community Outreach

The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston is heavily involved with the people who live in the city and its surrounding counties. UTSD is affiliated with many schools and clinics where students and faculty assist in providing quality treatment and educational support for oral health care. This is extended even further through the Mobile Dental Van Program which provides care and treatment to patients in remote locations who are unable to attend regular clinics.

UTSD is affiliated with 9 hospitals and visits 15 sites in Harris and surrounding counties, as well as the East Texas counties of Brazos, Jasper, Newton, Sabine, San Augustine and Tyler.

The School of Dentistry has had affiliations with 48 HISD schools and more than 30 clinics, community agencies and long-term health care centers such as:

Community Outreach Brushing Demonstration

  • Harris County Health Department
  • Houston Medical Center
  • Bering Dental Center
  • City of Houston
  • Nueva Casa de los Amigos
  • Brazos Valley Community Clinic
  • Communities in Schools Houston
  • Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services
  • East Texas Health Access Network
  • St. Luke's Episcopal Health Charities
  • Multiple other sites through the school's Mobile Dental Van, where students provide oral health education and clinical care.

In fiscal year 2010, the Mobile Dental Van provided approximately 6,000 patient treatments and the School of Dentistry provided outreach services with an equivalent value of care of almost $2 million (value compared to average private practice fees).

The UTSD Dental Hygiene Program also has active outreach programs with off-site activities that include both educational projects and clinical care.

These include the Fort Bend Family Health Center, Harris County Health Department, the University Dental Center at Memorial Hermann, Houston Medical Center, San Jose Clinic, The Star of Hope, and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In Fiscal Year 2010, UTSD dental hygiene students provided more than 5,000 patient treatments in their outreach activities.