We aim to improve access and quality of oral health care to historically underserved communities by expanding a more diverse dental workforce. In partnership with community organizations and the University of Colorado, we are building a comprehensive pipeline and providing hands-on career exploration in the professional field of dentistry.
Dental ARCH: Achieving Readiness for Careers in Health
The School of Dental Medicine actively contributes to professional pipeline development initiatives and programs. Our Dental ARCH (Achieving Readiness for Careers in Health) programs are designed for students from elementary school through college. ARCH programs build a bridge from curiosty to career, and for some participants, our programs may be the defining step needed before applying for admission to a dental school program.
Middle School & High School ARCH:
Interested in learning more, contact K-12 Coordinator Kristy Klare Kristy.Klare@ucdenver.edu
Interested in learning more, contact Dr. Elizabeth Shick at Elizabeth.Shick@ucdenver.edu
In addition to outreach and pipelines initiatives, the Office collaborates with our clinical faculty, staff and students to support dental care and oral health education throughout our community.
Global Outreach - The Guatemala CU Smiles Program
Southwest Guatemala is among the poorest parts of this topical nation. And while photos of the region may look like paradise, basic hygiene is lacking. Residents often share dirt floor homes with livestock and regular flooding causing toilets to overflow, contaminating drinking water.
In a region where doctors and dentists are few, hospitals are even fewer. With the nearest dental care almost an hour away, most residents of this area do not have the transportation or money to obtain dental care and therefore live with painful dental disease on a daily basis.
Children particularly suffer high rates of dental decay and subsequent dental pain and infection. But we aim to change this reality through the new Guatemala CU Similes Program.
Coordinated through the University of Colorado’s Guatemala project, we will bring healthier, brighter smiles to children throughout the region. Learn more