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A.T. Still University receives grant for new dental clinic

July 11, 2014

By Amy E. Lund

Kirksville, Mo.–A.T. Still University received a $1 million grant from The Missouri Foundation for Health to help with the design and construction of a 79,000-square-foot dental education and oral health clinic in St. Louis.

The clinic will be the primary clinical education site for dental students in ATSU's Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health. The inaugural class of 42 students started at MOSDOH's Kirksville, Missouri, campus on Oct. 1, 2013. They will transition to the newly completed clinic in June 2015 to complete their third and fourth academic years.

During their third and fourth years, dental students will work under faculty supervision to provide care and service to disadvantaged people in community-based clinics, including both the primary clinic in St. Louis and selected community health center clinics throughout Missouri.

The St. Louis clinic is expected to have up to 95 dental chairs and schedule more than 39,000 visits per year for people of all ages from the St. Louis metro area.

"MFH is pleased to partner with an organization like ATSU-MOSDOH, with its mission to address the oral health needs of the underserved in our state," said Web Brown, MSW, MFH program director, oral health. "The new St. Louis dental education clinic is going to make a positive difference, increasing oral healthcare access for many who have nowhere else to go."

Graduates of ATSU-MOSDOH will earn a doctor of dental medicine degree along with a certificate or master's degree in public health.