About SHARING Clinics

SHARING (Student Health Alliance Reaching Indigent Needy Groups) Clinics are held to address the oral health needs of the underserved in Nebraska. Patients receive free dental care from student providers. Dental SHARING Clinics started in 2008 as a result of urging from local dentists who felt that the college should do something to address the oral health needs of the low income population in the Lincoln area. 

The Dental SHARING Clinic program provides students with the opportunity to gain experiences, especially multicultural, they might not ordinarily have at the college and gives faculty and staff an opportunity to model professional behaviors that serve the community.

Patients are primarily referred from Clinic With A Heart, an organization that provides health care to underinsured and underserved community members. Many SHARING Clinic cases are complex and represent dental emergencies with pain, swelling and fever. Referred patients come to the College of Dentistry and go through a vitals and history check and a confirming triage before being seen. The primary procedures that can be performed include cleaning, extraction, restoration and referrals for root canal therapy.

Impact of SHARING Clinics

SHARING Clinics Funding

The SHARING Clinic is made possible by generous financial support from Ameritas Insurance Company, Delta Dental of Nebraska, dental alumni and friends.