Sarandeep S. Huja, DDS, PhD
Dean of the College
of Dental Medicine
The Division of Population Oral Health is administratively located within the Department of Stomatology in the College of Dental Medicine at MUSC. There is a combined experience of public health, health services, translational and clinical scientists dedicated to improving oral health for underserved populations through its four responsibilities.
Since its inception at MUSC in 2014, the DPOH has been awarded over $4.6 million for interprofessional training, research, and service from federal, philanthropic, and corporate partners. Funding supports a project portfolio that addresses rural, oral health disparities.
The DPOH, along with the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center at the Univeristy of South Carolina, have been working to address rural oral health equity since 2012. Here is a summary of the community impact by congressional district.
Strengthening the Rural Dental Safety Net - (2012 to present) Improve rural access to dental care through increased efficiencies and capacity growth. Technical assistance was provided to Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Dental Programs by DentaQuest Institute's Safety Net Solutions. A core partner on the project was the SC Primary Health Care Association.
Rural Community Water Flouridation Advocacy and Improvements - (2012 to 2015) Improve or continue access to optimally flouridated water in seven rural communities. These areas were at risk for losing their community water flouridation due to failing equipment. We provided advocacy training to local pediatricians, dentists, water system operators, and early childhood development programs (e.g. Head Start or First Steps). SC Dental Association and SC Department of Environmental Control were core partners on this project.
ROADS - (2015 to present) Improve access to and quality of care through innovative integration models of primary care and oral health providers. We work with Rural Health Clinics and community dentists in three markets: Rock Hill/York, Fairfield/Blythewood, Orangeburg/Santee. SC Dental Association and SC Office of Rural Health are core partners on this project.
|Service Area||Congressional Districts||Safety Net Impact||Water Flouridation Impact*||ROADS Impact*|
45,000 residents (Georgetown only)
200 to 2,000 residents (Fairfield only)
200 to 2,000 residents
200 to 2,000 residents
* Funds directly spent in the community at medical and dental practices and water systems.
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