Action for Children and Teenagers in Oral Health Need (ACTION)
A self-sustaining student volunteer model of pediatric dental care in an underserved community
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.