Community Partnerships

Community Partnerships - Patient Care 

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Clinic with a Heart (Lincoln)

The College of Dentistry partners with Clinic with a Heart to serve the uninsured and underinsured in the Lincoln community with hospitality, dignity and grace. In 2019, the College of Dentistry was presented with Clinic with a Heart's Community Partner award.

  • Oral health screenings are held on Tuesday nights in a six-chair clinic located at Clinic with a Heart. Faculty members volunteer their time and talents, helping around 20 patients per event.

  • A free extraction clinic is held on Wednesdays. Dental students, overseen by faculty members, perform around 12 extractions per event. 

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Charles Drew Health Center & OneWorld Community Health Centers (Omaha)

The College of Dentistry partners with CharlesDrew Health Center & OneWorld Community Health Centers to serve the uninsured and underinsured in the Omaha community with hospitality, dignity and grace.


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Nebraska Mission of Mercy

The Nebraska Mission of Mercy (MOM) program provides care to the uninsured, the under-insured and anyone who otherwise has difficulty getting to a dentist. Families travel from remote areas of Nebraska and surrounding states to receive dental care.

The College of Dentistry is a major contributor to Nebraska MOM events each year. 

  • During each event, more than 60 volunteers from the UNMC College of Dentistry participate, including dental and dental hygiene students, faculty, residents, staff and alumni.

  • Around 1,300 patients are helped per event and more than $900,000 worth of free dental services are provided.

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Special Olympics Special Smiles

The College of Dentistry partners with the Special Olympics Special Smiles program to provide free dental screenings to athletes ranging in ages from 10-69 at the Special Olympics Nebraska competition in Lincoln.

  • Around 50 athletes receive free screenings per event.

  • The interprofessional team of volunteers include College of Dentistry dental and dental hygiene students, dental and dental hygiene faculty, dental assistants and appointment clerks, as well as dentists and other volunteers from the community.
Community Partnerships - Schools 

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Public Schools (preschool, elementary, middle and high schools)

The College of Dentistry partners with schools across Nebraska to educate students on the importance of good oral health habits and provide no-cost dental screenings. 

  • Omaha: The pediatric dentistry program partners with Omaha Public Schools to teach Omaha Head Start students good oral health habits and what to expect when they visit the dentist. During the fall of 2019, the program reached more than 950 preschool children and provided more than 200 dental screenings.

  • Lincoln: Dental and dental hygiene students provide numerous presentations in Lincoln Public Schools on good oral health habits. 

  • Gering: Dental hygiene students provide numerous presentations in elementary schools across western Nebraska on good oral health habits. 
Community Partnerships - Community Health Fairs 

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The College of Dentistry partners with organizations across Nebraska to educate community members on the importance of good oral health habits and provide no-cost dental screenings. 

Lincoln partnerships:

Gering partnerships:


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World Oral Health Day

Held each March at the College of Dentistry, World Oral Health Day is an event open to the public and staffed by dental and dental hygiene students with faculty supervision. Attendees receive free oral health screenings and education.
 
Many organizations partner with the College of Dentistry to make this event possible. Representatives from the UNMC College of Nursing conduct blood pressure and diabetes screenings, and representatives from numerous service agencies, including the DHHS Office of Oral Health, provide information and education.