Action for Children and Teenagers in Oral Health Need (ACTION)

A self-sustaining student volunteer model of pediatric dental care in an underserved community

  • Hyewon Lee Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
  • Aram Kim Harvard School of Dental Medicine
  • David M Okuji Harvard School of Dental Medicine
  • Lisa Simmon Harvard School of Medicine
  • Brian J Swann Cambridge Health Alliance

Abstract

Action for Children and Teenagers in Oral Health Need (ACTION) is a sustainable pediatric dental care model in a community health center setting, which generates a net operating surplus by utilizing a hybrid workforce model of dental students, volunteer supervising dentists, and clinic staff. It was created in 2009 by a group of pre-doctoral students at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) and dentists at Windsor Street Dental Clinic (WSDC). In the last 10 years, ACTION has been financially viable and expanded pediatric dental care provision for an urban under-served community with evidence-based preventative and comprehensive dental care.

Published
2018-12-31
How to Cite
Lee, H., Kim, A., Okuji, D., Simmon, L., & Swann, B. (2018). Action for Children and Teenagers in Oral Health Need (ACTION). Free Clinic Research Collective, 4. Retrieved from http://www.themspress.org/journal/index.php/freeclinic/article/view/351
Section
Brief Communication