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ADA Foundation grants Tarrson, Zwemer service awards for 2014

February 16, 2015 Loma Linda University School of Dentistry's dental student outreach programs earned both the ADA Foundation's E. "Bud" Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award and the Dr. Thomas J. Zwemer Award in 2014 — a first for any school.

Both the Tarrson and Zwemer awards recognize excellence in providing oral health care services to underserved populations. The Tarrson Award recognizes programs that take place within the U.S., while the Zwemer Award recognizes programs outside of the U.S.

Loma Linda University School of Dentistry won a Tarrson Award for its Compassion Clinic.

University of Washington School of Dentistry was the top Tarrson Award winner for its project UW Homeless Outreach Program and Education—UW HOPE.

Five other dental schools also earned a Tarrson Award: University of Connecticut School of Dentistry for its Urban Service Track; University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry for its TeamSmile program; University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Dentistry for its JayDoc Free Dental Clinic; Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine for its Give Kids A Smile program; and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Dentistry for its Dental SHAC program.

A gift from ADA Business Resources enabled the ADA Foundation to award the five additional Tarrson Awards for 2014.

Loma Linda University School of Dentistry's service learning project in Valle de Angeles, Honduras earned the 2014 Dr. Thomas J. Zwemer Award. In its third year, the Dr. Thomas J. Zwemer Award recognizes one dental school student program each year that demonstrates excellence in providing services to underserved populations outside of the U.S.
 
To learn more, visit adafoundation.org.