Delivery of oral health services to the underserved community in and around 1500 Broadway St., Buffalo, New York.
In collaboration with the Eighth District Dental Society, the School of Dental Medicine participated in the first “Dentistry Smiles on Veterans” program. The kick-off event took place Saturday, April 18, 2015, in the UB Squire Hall Clinic, South Campus. On that day, veterans from area Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFWs) and other veterans’ organizations were invited to the dental school for a comprehensive dental examination and treatment plan. To be eligible, they must have separated from the military in or after 2005. The goal was to provide dental services to much deserving veterans who do not qualify for Veterans Affairs (VA) provided dental treatment. This program gave special recognition to veterans and expressed gratitude for their personal sacrifices on behalf of their fellow Americans.
The University at Buffalo’s School of Dental Medicine is expanding a mobile, school-based dental service program with the help of a state grant that will bring dental care to geographically isolated areas in New York State and also give dental students a chance to experience rural health care delivery. Previously focused on Chautauqua County children, the expansion of the program dubbed “S-miles to Go” will benefit two additional counties in rural New York — Allegany and Cattaraugus — that are designated as dental provider shortage areas. The program will serve approximately 25 schools in the academic year.